Modern Foreign Languages

Staff:

  • Mrs K Russell - Assistant Headteacher (Director of Cultural & International Studies)
  • Mr J Krebs - Progress Leader MFL
  • Miss H Jackson - Assistant Progress Leader MFL
  • Mr S England - Teacher in charge of French
  • Mr J Horta-Chulian - MFL Teacher
  • Miss M Nouni-Ros - MFL Teacher
  • Miss S James - NQT
  • Miss R Holland - NQT

When students join us in year 7 half the year group study Spanish and the other half study French. Pupils are taught in sets by ability. In Key Stage Three (KS3), the curriculum is delivered over two hours teaching per week in year seven and
three in year eight.
Topics studied include: myself and family; free time; house and home; food and drink; travel and transport; and holidays.
There is also an opportunity for students to research both the cultural and the international dimension during their language studies.
In Key Stage Four (KS4), approximately 70 per cent of our students continue to study their core language to GCSE, although this is increasing to meet the demands of the EBacc. KS4 teaching groups are also set according to ability. In addition, a small number of students study a second foreign language as an option subject to GCSE. All GCSE students follow the traditional Edexcel course, based around the following five themes: local area holiday and travel; school; identity and culture; future aspirations, study and work; and international and global dimension. Students study two hours a week in years 9 and 10 with an additional hour in year 11.

Results

MFL results have seen an upward trend over recent years with students achieving above the national average. In 2017 with an above national and increased cohort we have maintained results close to the national average in French and above the national average in Spanish.

Choosing MFL as a GCSE Option
GCSE 2nd MFL (German)

WHAT is this subject about?

The course builds on the language skills developed in Key Stage 3 in your first MFL. Students will cover five topic areas throughout the course:


•             Home and Local Area
•             Health and sport
•             Leisure and Entertainment
•             Travel and Wider World
•             Education and Work

WHY should I choose this subject?

The world is getting smaller. Faster travel and the internet link people across continents and language barriers as never before, yet 75 per cent of the world’s population don’t speak any English at all. In these fast changing times speaking English is no longer an advantage. Instead it is those students with broader language skills who are likely to have the edge.

WHEN and how am I assessed?

Listening examination.    25% of overall grade.                    
Reading examination.     25% of overall grade.                      
Speaking examination.   25% of overall grade.  
Writing examination.       25% of overall grade.

WHICH subjects should I have an aptitude in?

In order to study a second foreign language you will have already demonstrated an ability to manipulate structures and be confident of key grammatical points in your first foreign language. In addition, a good level of English is essential for success in MFL.

WHERE could this subject take me in the future?

AS/A level at sixth form college. In addition, a good GCSE grade in a modern foreign language is now frequently a requirement for entry onto non- language courses at the top universities. Even if you never go on to use French, Spanish or German in the future, a GCSE in the subject is highly valuable to employers as it demonstrates good communication and problem solving skills. It has been clinically proven that learning a foreign language also improves memory skills and improves ability to deal with abstract concepts; all of which are sought after by employers. A GCSE in MFL can lead to almost any and every job to some extent due to increasing internationalisation across all sectors of commerce. Particularly: Tourism, marketing, exporting, teaching, translation and interpreting, journalism, engineering, politics, law, selling, finance.

WHO do I need to speak to for more information?

Please speak to your current MFL teacher or Mr Krebs for further advice.