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MFL

Vision for MFL

Thorp Academy MFL department is committed to broadening pupils' understanding of the world and developing strong, long-life linguistic skills. Along with learning new topics and reinforcing knowledge, every lesson focuses on one or more key skills required for successful communication in a modern foreign language: translation, listening, reading, speaking and writing. We give pupils plenty of opportunity to practice and key grammar and vocabulary which is the first step towards becoming an independent language learner and therefore creative with the target language. Through strict adherence to the principles for outstanding teaching and learning' set out in the Academy Teaching and Learning policy, we ensure our staff have the tools to deliver outstanding MFL lessons which are engaging and allow ALL pupils to make excellent progress in every year group.

Teaching and Learning in MFL

Pupils at Thorp Academy have the opportunity to study French , German and Spanish. The MFL Department is a dynamic, enthusiastic department; a collaborative approach to teaching and learning is embedded within daily practice and future planning. The department endeavours to make learning languages enjoyable, meaningful and challenging, providing pupils with many opportunities for collaboration and independent work in each lesson. We are committed to giving high quality written and spoken feedback to pupils so that they reach their potential in the language.

We aim to:

  • Develop students' confidence and competence to use language effectively, both verbally and in written communication
  • Challenge our pupils by using a high ratio of target language each time they are in the MFL classroom and encourage pupils to use the target language with the teacher and each other in pair and group work
  • Provide opportunities to promote intercultural understanding and ensure that learning in MFL contains elements of cultural reference to not only the target language country, but the wider Francophone, Hispanic or Germanic spheres
  • Develop reflective learners who can learn and develop as linguists from high quality spoken and written feedback

Key Stage 3

All students in year 7 and 8 study French. We have researched and developed a skills-based approach to learning in Key Stage 3 to build upon prior knowledge developed at primary level. The course features a rigorous and comprehensive approach to grammar teaching as well as motivating and challenging topics and tasks, set in authentic contexts and prepares students well for the GCSE Key Stage 4 course.

Key Stage 4

Students following the … pathway will continue to study French at GCSE level, and those students who display a flair for language learning will be offered the opportunity to take up either German or Spanish as an additional GCSE option. The GCSE course will build upon the grammar, vocabulary and skills introduced at key stage 3. This qualification comprises four external assessments : Paper 1 (Listening) is worth 25% of the GCSE qualification, Paper 2 (Reading) is worth 25%, Paper 3 (Speaking) is worth 25% and Paper 4 (Writing) is worth 25%. The qualification enables students to:

  • develop understanding and use of written forms of the target language, in a range of familiar and practical contexts, and for a variety of purposes
  • develop understanding and use of the spoken forms of the target language, in a range of familiar and practical contexts, and for a variety of purposes
  • develop the ability to communicate effectively in the target language through the written word, using a range of vocabulary and structures
  • develop the ability to communicate effectively in the target language through speaking, using a range of vocabulary and structures
  • develop a knowledge and understanding of the target language grammar and its practical application
  • develop a knowledge and understanding of countries and communities where the target language is spoken
  • develop positive attitudes towards modern foreign language learning
  • acquire a suitable foundation for further study of the target language

Throughout the 3 year GCSE course students will be assessed mid-termly on various exam timed tasks to assure they are fully prepared for the final exam.

Key Stage 5

Modern Foreign Languages AS/A2 Level - French, German, Spanish

You need to have achieved a grade B in the foreign language (French, German or Spanish) at GCSE level to be considered for this course. Students will also need to demonstrate their commitment and interest in the subject.

At key stage 5 language students will continue to develop their language skills, but will also have the opportunity to widen their knowledge of the culture in the country/countries where the target language is spoken. Topics covered during the course include:

  • Aspects of French/German/Spanish-speaking society
    • The changing nature of family life
    • The digital world
    • Youth culture: fashion and trends, music, television
    • Immigration
    • Integration
    • Racism
  • Political and artistic culture in relation to at least one German/French/Spanish-speaking country
    • Festivals and traditions
    • Art and architecture
    • Cultural life
    • Politics and youth

What skills will I gain?

• The ability to think critically and reflect about contemporary and historical social issues, from an international perspective

• The ability to appreciate many sides of an argument

Assessment

AS Level

Paper 1: Listening, Reading, Writing

Paper 2: Writing (Film study/Translation)

Paper 3: Speaking exam

A Level

Paper 1: Listening, Reading and Writing

Paper 2: Writing (Film study / Book study

Paper 3: Speaking exam (Independent Research Project/Topic speaking)

Teachers in the Faculty

Mrs J Watford (Head of Languages - French/German specialist)

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Miss J Macauley (Assistant Vice Principal - French/Spanish specialist)

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Mr J Guerbaai (Teacher of MFL - French/Spanish specialist)

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MFL Curriculum: French


Half Term 1

Half Term 2

Half Term 3

Half Term 4

Half Term 5

Half Term 6

Year 7

Introductions

My life

Hobbies

Celebrations

Town

Disastrous week

Year 8

Holidays and weather

Food and drink

Technology and Social lives of teenagers

Listening and Reading focus

Free time

Transactional language

Year 9

Home, town, neighbourhood and region

Me, my family and friends

My studies

Customs and festivals in French-speaking countries/ communities

Food and eating out

Sports activities

Music, cinema and TV

Year 10

Healthy/Unhealthy Living

Technology in everyday life

Life at school/college

Marriage/Partnerships

Travel and Tourism

Education post-16

Year 11

The environment

Homelessness/Poverty

Career choices and ambitions

Social issues

Charity and voluntary work

Speaking exam and written exam preparation

Revision and final exams

MFL Curriculum: German


Half Term 1

Half Term 2

Half Term 3

Half Term 4

Half Term 5

Half Term 6

Year 9

Family, friends and relationships

Home, town, neighbourhood and region

My studies

Free time

Transactional unit

Customs and festivals in German-speaking countries

Year 11

Healthy living

Social problems

The environment

School pressures

Technology in everyday li8fe

Speaking exam and written exam preparation

Revision and final exams

Year 13

Racism

Immigration and integration

Germany and the EU

Politics and the younger generations

Speaking exam and written exam preparation

Revision and final exams

MFL Curriculum: Spanish


Half Term 1

Half Term 2

Half Term 3

Half Term 4

Half Term 5

Half Term 6

Year 10

My studies

Life at school/ college

Education post-16

Jobs

Free time

Social issues

Customs and festivals in Spanish-speaking countries/communities

Home, town, neighbourhood and region


Me, my family and friends

Relationships with family and friends

Marriage

Year 12

Traditional and modern values

Cyberspace

Equal rights

The influence of idols

Regional identity in Spain

Cultural heritage

Speaking exam and written exam preparation

Revision and final exams

Year 13

Multiculturalism in Hispanic Society

La inmigración

El racism

La convivencia y la integración

Aspects of political life in the Hispanic world

Jóvenes de hoy

Monarquías y dictaduras

Movimientos sociales

Profundicemos en los temas 1 y 2

Artistic culture in the Hispanic world

La influencia de los ídolos

La identidad regional en España

El patrimonio cultural

Aspects of Hispanic society

Los valores tradicionales y modernos

El ciberespacio

La igualdad de los derechos

Speaking exam and written exam preparation

Revision and final exams