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MFL Curriculum

In our department, we are committed to promoting languages both in school and beyond as an invaluable skill for the young people of the world. With our lessons, we encourage and give our students the opportunities to develop their confidence, creativity and independence in the foreign language as well as increase their awareness and understanding of their own and other cultures.

KS3

Throughout the KS3 pupils have opportunities to communicate, understand and respond to language used in various contexts and situations.  They listen to and read a variety of texts in order to increase their understanding and become confident in expressing themselves in the target language. Finally, they focus on the use of patterns consequently becoming familiar with a range of grammatical structures.

In years 7, 8 and 9 students cover a range of topics:

  • Myself and my family
  • School
  • House and home
  • Local area
  • Free time and hobbies
  • Food and drink
  • Healthy living
  • Environment
  • Work and future plans
  • Holidays

KS4

EDEXCEL IGCSE FRENCH and SPANISH

In Year 10 pupils who opt for IGCSE follow the Edexcel specification. During the two-year course the core skills are developed and pupils extend their knowledge of vocabulary and grammar structures as well as gaining an insight into the French/Spanish culture and way of life through studying the topic areas and sub-topic areas as listed below:

 

Topic and Sub-topic areas

Topic area A

Home and abroad

Life in the town and rural life

Weather and climate

Travel, transport and directions

Holidays and tourist information

Services (telephone, bank, post office)

Customs and religion

Everyday life, traditions and communities in French speaking countries.

 

Topic area B

Education and employment

Childhood

School life and routine

Work/careers

Future plans

 

Topic area C

House, home and daily routine

Types of home

Information about self, family and friends

Helping around the house

Food and drinks

 

Topic area D

The modern world and the environment

Current affairs and social issues

Environmental issues

The media (TV, film, radio, newspapers)

Information and communication technology (internet, mobile phones, email)

 

Topic area E

Social activities, fitness and health

Special occasions

Hobbies, interests, sports and exercise

Shopping and money matters

Accidents, injuries, common ailments and health issues

 

Assessment:

The Scheme of Assessment consists of a single tier of terminal exams.

All pupils take Paper 1 (Listening), Paper 2 (Reading and Writing) and Paper 3 (Speaking).

The Scheme of Assessment is as follows:

 

Paper 1:      Listening    25 %

Paper 2:    Reading and Writing    50 %

Paper 3:      Speaking   25%

 

KS5

Edexcel International A Level (French and Spanish)

In years 12 and 13 the MFL department follows the Edexcel IAL specification which allows pupils to develop their linguistic skills as they examine topical issues and current affairs.

In Year 13 pupils undertake independent research either on a literary text or on contemporary and cultural topics. Emphasis is placed on all four skills.

Students at this level are expected to understand the main ideas of complex text and spoken language about both concrete and abstract topics; interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity that makes interaction possible without strain; produce clear, detailed text on a wide range of subjects; and explain a viewpoint on a topical issue, giving the advantages and disadvantages of various options. Students will be expected to communicate formally and informally in a range of contexts and to understand a wider range of texts and styles than they can produce themselves.

  1. INTERNATIONAL ADVANCED LEVEL Year 12

Unit 1: Spoken Expression and Response (IAS compulsory unit externally assessed – 15%)

The exam consists of two sections:

  • Section A: Spoken response
  • Section B: Discussion

This unit rewards students for their ability to converse in Spanish/French on a general topic area (GTA) that they have chosen in advance. Students will need to demonstrate that they can engage in a discussion in Spanish/French that relates to a chosen General Topic Area (GTA) and allied subtopics. Students will be expected to give relevant and appropriate information, convey opinions, interact and respond to a range of questions.  They must prepare two of the following GTAs in advance, but will be tested on just one GTA on the day of the examination:

General topic areas

  • Youth matters

Family relationships and friendships

Peer pressure and role models

Music and fashion

Technology and communication

 

  • Lifestyle, health and fitness

Health and fitness

Food and diet

Sport and exercise

Health issues

Urban and rural life

 

  • Environment and travel

Tourism,

Travel and transport

Natural disasters and weather

Climate change and its impact Energy,

Pollution and recycling

 

  • Education and employment.

Education systems and types of schooling

Pupil/ student life

Volunteering and internships

Jobs and unemployment

 

Unit 2: Understanding and Written Response (IAS compulsory unit externally assessed-35%)

This unit consists of three sections:

  • Section A: Listening Section
  • Section B: Reading and Grammar
  • Section C: Essay

Students are required to convey their understanding of spoken and written French/Spanish through a series of listening and reading tasks. They also need to draw on their knowledge of French/Spanish language, grammar and lexis in selecting appropriate forms of words to complete sentences, as well as demonstrate an ability to manipulate French/Spanish language in continuous writing.

Students will be expected to recognise and use French/Spanish in a variety of contexts and in relation to the following General Topic Areas:

  • Youth culture and concerns

Family relationships and friendships

Peer pressure and role models

Music and fashion

Technology and communication

 

  • Lifestyle, health and fitness

Food and diet

Sport and exercise

Health issues

Urban and rural life

 

  • Environment and travel

Tourism,

Travel and transport

Natural disasters and weather

Climate change and its impact

Energy, pollution and recycling

 

  • Education and employment.

Education systems and types of schooling

Pupil/ student life

Volunteering and internships

Jobs and unemployment

 

  1. INTERNATIONAL ADVANCED LEVEL Year 13

Unit 3: Understanding and Spoken Response (IA2 compulsory unit externally assessed-15%)

This unit requires students to demonstrate the effectiveness of their Spanish/French language skills by presenting and taking a clear stance on any issue of their choice. They will be expected to interact effectively with the teacher/examiner, defend their views and sustain discussion as the teacher/examiner moves the conversation away from their chosen issue. They will be expected to use the language of debate and argument to discuss the issue and will also be assessed for understanding as well as communication and quality of spoken language.

Unit 4: Research, Understanding and Written Response (IA2 compulsory unit externally assessed-35%)

This unit consists of three sections:

  • Section A: Listening
  • Section B: Reading and Grammar
  • Section C: Essay

Students are required to convey their understanding of spoken and written French/Spanish through a series of listening and reading tasks. They also need to draw on their knowledge of French/Spanish language, grammar and lexis in selecting appropriate forms of words to complete sentences, as well as demonstrate an ability to manipulate French/Spanish language in continuous writing. Students will be expected to recognise and use French/Spanish in a variety of contexts and in relation to the following general topic areas:

  • Youth matters

Family relationships and friendships

Peer pressure and role models

Music and fashion

Technology and communication

 

  • Lifestyle, health and fitness

Food and diet

Sport and exercise

Health issues

Urban and rural life

 

  • Environment and travel

Tourism,

Travel and transport

Natural disasters and weather

Climate change and its impact

Energy, pollution and recycling

 

  • Education and employment

Education systems and types of schooling

Pupil/ student life

Volunteering and internships

Jobs and unemployment

 

  • Technology in the French/Spanish-speaking world

Scientific advances

Technological innovations

Impact on life and environment

 

  • Society in the French/Spanish-speaking world

Migration

Equality

Politics

Customs

 

  • Ethics in the French/Spanish-speaking world

Beliefs

Law and order

Moral issues (e.g. euthanasia, adoption, genetic modification)

 

 

Information taken from: Pearson Edexcel International Advanced Level in French and Spanish — Specification — Issue 1 — March 2016 © Pearson Education Limited 2016

 

 

MFL RESULTS:

SUMMER 2017:

IGCSE French: 100% A*- B

IGCSE Spanish: 100% A*-C

AS French: 80% A-C

 

DELF Exams

Levels A1, A2, B1, and B2: 100% pass rate.

 

DELE Exams

Levels A1 and A2: 75% pass rate.

 

It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it
Aristotle