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Modern Foreign Languages

Staff

Role 

Miss Z. FergysonHead of MFL

Facilities and Resources

At Worden, pupils have the opportunity to study French or Spanish, depending on their year of entry. At KS3 they have three lessons per week. Through learning languages, students develop critical thinking skills and an ability to approach tasks with a logical mind-set. Pupils develop the four skills required to maser a foreign language: listening, speaking, reading and writing, through differentiated learning and regular assessment across all four. Staff use their own love of languages to enthuse and motivate pupils to appreciate the subject, with an aim to inspire them to further their knowledge outside of the classroom.


Key Stage 3

Year 7

In year 7, pupils study 5 modules. Modules have been created and written by MFL staff in order to meet the needs of the changing curriculum and create foundations on which pupils can build to prepare for GCSE.

Module 1: Chercher un corres

  • Introducing yourself
  • Counting up to 31
  • Saying how old you are
  • Saying whe your birthday is
  • Learning about French-speaking countries
  • Learning the French alphabet
  • Pencil case items
  • Classroom items

Module 2: Ma famille et moi

  • Talking about family members 
  • Saying if you have any pets 
  • Colours 
  • Numbers up to 60

(Mini) Module 2.1: Avoir

  • An introduction to verb conjugation in the present tense. 
  • Use of AVOIR (to have) in context

Module 3: Les jeunes et leurs passions

  • The structure of a sentence.
  • Expressing likes and dislikes using nouns 
  • Talking about hobbies common to young people 
  • Negative sentences 
  • Forming questions

Module 4: Le collège

  • Talking about school subjects 
  • Expressing preferences 
  • Talking about teachers 
  • Giving opinions and reasons 
  • The time and the school timetable 
  • Rooms in school 
  • School uniform 
  • Routine and the school day 
  • An introduction to the present tense

Year 8

In year 8, pupils cover a variety of topics and build on the grammar taught in year 7. Again, modules are written by MFL staff but can be supplemented with materials from text books and/ or authentic resources.

Module 1:  Mes futures vacances

  • Countries
  • Revision of the infinitive
  • Formation of the future tense
  • Holiday activities
  • Weather in the future tense
  • Transport
  • Building on the present tense

Module 2: Ma ville et ma région

  • Learning about Biarritz and the Basque Country
  • Describing your house
  • Describing the weather in your area
  • Saying what you can do in your area
  • Talking about the advantages and disadvantages of living in your area

Module 3: Les vêtements

  • Describing clothes
  • Adjectival agreements (with colours)
  • Expressing preferences
  • Transactional vocabulary based on shopping for clothes
  • Problems in shops (complaints/reimbursements/exchanges)
  • Dealing with unpredicted elements in dialogues and role play

Module 4: Mes vacances au passé

  • Revision of countries and family members
  • Identification of the past tense and grammatical patterns
  • Past tense of regular and common irregular verbs
  • Describing your last holiday

Year 9

In year 9, pupils start to cover some of the topics covered at GCSE. Our current year 9 pupils study Spanish. For year groups studying French, the modules below would be taught in French.

Module 1: Me, my family and friends - relationships with family and friends

  • Revision of family members
  • Describing family members (personality and appearance) in detail
  • Talking about relationships with family members
  • Regular and irregular verbs in the present tense
  • Comparisons

Module 2: Home, town, neighbourhood and region

  • Revision of describing your house and area and adding detail
  • Saying what your town has and doesn’t have
  • Talking about the advantages and disadvantages of living in a town
  • Discussing the advantages and disadvantages of living in the countryside
  • Building on present tense with some irregular verbs
  • Past tense of regular verbs

Module 3: My studies

  • Revision of school subjects and talking about teachers and adding more detail
  • Using some verbs in the past tense
  • Comparing school subjects
  • Expressing more detailed opinions and preferences in relation to school

Module 4: Free time and activities

  • Discussing your free time, hobbies and leisure activities
  • Sports
  • Adverbs of frequency
  • Cinema and TV
  • Music
  • Food and eating out

Module 5: Traditions, customs and festivals

  • Learning about traditions and customs in Spain and Spanish speaking countries
  • Researching customs abroad
  • Comparing festivals and customs in Spain and Spanish speaking countries with those in the UK


Key Stage 4

At GCSE, year 10 and year 11 pupils follow the AQA specification over a 2 year course.

The course is split into the following:

 
Listening exam: end of year 1125%
Speaking exam: during year 1125%
Reading exam : end of year 1125%
Writing exam end of year 1125%


Year 10

In year 10, pupils will cover the following topics and work at a faster pace than KS3 in order to prepare them for their examinations:

  • Life at school/ college
  • Travel and Tourism
  • Education post-16
  • Social issues
  • Marriage and partnership
  • Technology in everyday life

Year 11

In year 11 pupils continue to build on the skills acquired in year 11 and, in addition to the topics outlined below, they work on past papers and revision in order to prepare them for their final exams.

  • Environment
  • Charity and voluntary work
  • Homelessness and poverty
  • Career choices and ambitions
  • End of course examination focus


Useful Links

All HEAT tasks can be downloaded from Show My Homework.