MFL

 

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.

 

FRENCH

Key Stage 5

The AQA French A Level course is followed which builds on the language knowledge and grammar covered during the GCSE course.

Exams at the end of Year 13 are as follows:

Paper 1: Listening, reading and translation - 50% of the qualification

Paper 2: Written response to works and translation - 20% of the qualification

Paper 3: Speaking - 30% of the qualification (this will be conducted by the teacher)

 

Course guide

This two-year course covers the two Themes from the AQA specification as well as film/literary studies.

Theme 1a: Aspects of French-speaking society: current trends

· The changing nature of family (La famille en voie de changement

· The 'cyber-society' (La « cyber-société »)

· The place of voluntary work (Le rôle du bénévolat)

Theme 1b Aspects of French-speaking society: current issues

· Positive features of a diverse society (Les aspects positifs d'une société diverse)

· Life for the marginalised (Quelle vie pour les marginalisés ?)

· How criminals are treated (Comment on traite les criminels)

Theme 2a: Artistic culture in the French-speaking world

· A culture proud of its heritage (Une culture fière de son patrimoine)

· Contemporary francophone music (La musique francophone contemporaine)

· Cinema: the 7th art form (Cinéma : le septième art)

Theme 2b Aspects of political life in the French-speaking world

· Teenagers, the right to vote and political commitment (Les ados, le droit de vote et l’engagement politique)

· Demonstrations, strikes – who holds the power? (manifestations, grèves – à qui le pouvoir ?)

· Politics and immigration (La politique et l’immigration)

 

Course structure

During the two years, you will also study one film and one work of literature.

There will also be an individual research project Students must identify a subject or a key question which is of interest to them and which relates to a country or countries where French is spoken. They must select relevant information in French from a range of sources including the internet. The aim of the research project is to develop research skills. Students will demonstrate their ability to initiate and conduct individual research by analysing and summarising their findings, in order to present and discuss them in the speaking assessment.

 

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.

 

SPANISH

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.