MFL

Teaching Staff

  • J Stephenson (Director of Learning)
  • B Tanton
  • J Armstrong

Department Information

The MFL department aim to create and develop enthusiastic and independent learners. We are committed to establishing a learning environment that encourages students to feel confident about taking risks and developing informed opinions about the world around them. Our curriculum focuses on acquiring the skills needed to understand and use another language in real-life situations; we want students to reflect on and enhance their skills, ask questions and enjoy challenge, thereby making progress.

Each year we take part in the Education Perfect World Championships and we have recently established a link with a school in Spain which will allow us to use language learnt in a practical way.

 

Key Stage 5

We are currently taking part in a trial of an online Edexcel Spanish A Level course.

This involves one online lesson a week with a tutor and four additional hours of study which are accessed through a purpose-built website.

Exams at the end of Year 13 are as follows:

Paper 1: Listening, reading and translation - 40% of the qualification

Paper 2: Written response to works and translation - 30% of the qualification

Paper 3: Speaking - 30% of the qualification

 

Course guide

This two-year course covers the four Themes from the Edexcel specification:

Theme 1: La evolución de la sociedad española

Theme 2: La cultura política y artística en el mundo hispanohablante

Theme 3: La inmigración y la sociedad multicultural española

Theme 4: La dictadura franquista y la transición a la democracia

 

Themes 1–3 will be studied in the first year of the course with Theme 4 covered in Year 2. In Year 2, you will also study one film: Volver and a work of literature: Como Agua Para Chocolate.

 

Course structure

Each week is divided into five lessons of one hour; four of these lessons are self-access and the fifth is spent with the online teacher. In addition, you will have a one-to-one 15 minute session with the online teacher weekly giving you the opportunity to receive individual feedback and further practise your language comprehension skills.

 

Course content

You will tackle a wide range of different activities in all four skills, including listening and reading tasks, translation, summarising, writing and speaking tasks. A mixture of auto-marked and teacher-marked activities are provided to allow you to monitor your progress.

Throughout the course, you are given the opportunity to review and revise the work you’ve undertaken.

As you progress through the course, you will also have access to exam-style activities preparing you for your final exams.

 

Course assessment

Informal assessment happens regularly throughout the course with the use of quick check quizzes, auto-marked and teacher-marked activities. More formal assessment takes place at the end of each Theme using exam-style tasks. There will be exams at the end of Year 1 and mocks during Year 2, marked by the teacher, enabling both the teacher and you to identify your strengths and weaknesses and areas for improvement.

 

Lesson structure

Getting started – a quick activity to get you ready to tackle the content of the lesson or to remind you of work you’ve recently done.

Core content – this may take the form of a reading or listening text or grammar explanation.

Activity – a number of activities ranging from listening/reading comprehension tasks, grammar practice to translation or speaking/writing practice.

Quick check – a multiple choice quiz reviewing the content of the lesson; this could be content, vocabulary or skills review.

Homework – every other lesson has a homework activity: ranging from short comprehension activities to more open-ended tasks taking longer to complete.

 

Video

You have access to a range of video material including authentic extracts and video recorded specifically for the course. Video transcripts are provided and accessible to you throughout.

Portfolio

You will build a portfolio of your written and spoken work over the two years which you can use for revision and review at any time. You can record yourself and upload your recordings to the platform. The teacher will also have access to the portfolio and provide feedback throughout the course.

Independent Research Project

Reference material for the IRP will be provided and the teacher will support you and monitor progress through the weekly one-to-one sessions.