Modern Foreign Languages

Intent

Through a coherent curriculum that develops progress and resilience, pupils will all have access to languages. All pupils will enjoy the challenge and feel a sense of achievement through high aspirations in communication in a foreign language.  Our curriculum will offer the opportunity to improve their competency in a foreign language; which will widen their cultural horizon, giving them an enjoyment of travel and meeting new people.

Their study of languages will enable them to:

  • Have a better understanding of a range of tenses, and the language’s structures.
  • Enrich their vocabulary in both English and the foreign language.
  • Understand and communicate information (in the four skill areas).
  • Apply prior knowledge to new situations, thus building resilience
  • Use logic to recognise and apply grammatical patterns, and recognise vocabulary

This will be achieved through the implementation of a well-sequenced Scheme of Work involving a range of authentic materials, which will be consistently followed and regularly reviewed in light of pupil voice, teacher voice, AfL, and developments on the educational horizon. In order to include of as many students as possible we will offer a range of pathways to ensure engagement, enjoyment, and achievement, with an appropriate level of challenge.

The MFL Curriculum will provide opportunities to develop the next generation of linguists that can apply a skilful use of language, at their level, to whatever discipline the ultimately choose to follow.

Modern Foreign Languages

Modern Foreign Languages (MFL) is a subject which builds on the basics taught at Key Stage 2 in various feeder primary schools. Standish Community High School boasts exceptional language learning facilities. We have a team of dedicated and enthusiastic language staff offering GCSE qualifications in French and Spanish. Contact with Target Language countries is promoted via trips to France and Spain.

KEY STAGE 3

Year 7 French and Spanish.

In year 7 pupils study either French or Spanish. From September 2019 LANGU forms are studying Spanish, and TECHK forms are studying French. They have 3 hours a week of MFL lessons. They will cover the 4 skills of reading, listening, speaking and writing. Regular assessment takes place to monitor pupils’ progress against their starting points. Intervention takes place where under-achievement is indicated. Students receive weekly homework tasks. In addition they can enhance their learning in school by practising vocab on websites such as www.linguascope.com and www.quizlet.com  The pupils will continue with the same language in years 8 and 9.

Year 8 French and Spanish

In year 8 2019-20, pupils continue with both French and Spanish. During the first term they will study 2 hours of Spanish and 1 hour of French, before opting for which language they would like to continue with from January 2020. They will cover the 4 skills of reading, listening, speaking and writing. Regular assessment takes place to monitor pupils’ progress against their starting points. Intervention takes place where under-achievement is indicated. Students receive weekly homework tasks. In addition they can enhance their learning in school by practising vocab on websites such as www.linguascope.com and www.quizlet.com

Year 9 MFL

The Year 9 Curriculum will cover the broad topics of:

  • Personal ID
  • Family & Friends
  • Holidays
  • Where I live
  • School & Future Study
  • Health
  • Free Time Activities

Pupils’ learning is strengthened and deepened through the year 9 curriculum, with a view to opting to continue with MFL at KS4.  Pupils take an accelerated ‘Fast track’ course, which could allow them to take the Foundation Tier GCSE exam in May / June of year 9 where they can access grades 1-5, if they choose to do so (following a successful pilot of this scheme in 2019). They will cover the 4 skills of reading, listening, speaking and writing. Regular assessment takes place to monitor pupils’ progress against their starting points. Intervention takes place where under-achievement is indicated. Students receive weekly homework tasks. In addition they can enhance their learning in school by practising vocab on websites such as www.linguascope.com and www.quizlet.com .  This is a unique and exciting fast track programme enabling students who wish to do so to sit an early entry GCSE and to achieve a GCSE grade before Year 11, if they have decided not to opt for MFL in KS4. Once their GCSE exams are completed in year 9, these pupils complete a cultural project linked to countries which speak the language they have been studying.

In academic year 2019-20 we have introduced one-year pilot course of German to a small cohort to give these students the opportunity to experience a new language. The course concentrates on basic transactional skills and topics. This cohort of students will also be working with a member of the Senior Leadership Team for one hour a week on developing skills that start to prepare them for life beyond school.

Key Stage 4

Year 10 & 11 GCSE French and Spanish (Eduqas Syllabus)

GCSE French and Spanish are both made up of 3 themes:

  • Identity and culture
  • Local, National, International and Global Areas of Interest
  • Current and Future Study and Employment

Pupils will cover all 4 skills of reading, listening, speaking and writing in each of the three themes. All four skills are assessed via the terminal exam in the summer term of year 11. Each skill is worth 25% of the final grade. Pupils will be entered for either Higher Tier (grades 4-9) or Foundation Tier (grades 1-5).

Progress is monitored carefully and rewarded or guided. Intervention takes place where under-achievement is indicated. Students receive weekly homework tasks and are encouraged to enhance this by practising vocabulary and comprehension skills by using websites such as www.linguascope.com, www.quizlet.com and www.thisislangage.com and our Office 365 SharePoint site.

 

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