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Modern Foreign Languages

Modern Foreign Languages

1) Modern Foreign Language Department

The aims of the department

General principles

To promote and encourage in pupils a positive and mature attitude to work and to peers, self-discipline and a sense of self-esteem and achievement.


To provide the opportunity for every pupil to achieve his/her potential in language skills, and to develop insights into the relationships that exist between European languages.


To encourage an understanding of French /Spanish speaking countries, their people and their culture; and to foster attitudes of tolerance towards differences of customs, values and attitudes.


To develop communication skills, to provide for future vocational needs of pupils, and as a foundation for further study.


To develop an awareness of language, as a basis for learning other languages.


To broaden horizons, thus combating the well-known British insularity.


Pleasure in acquiring a skill and in learning a language.

2) Basic Overview

Key Stage 3 (Year 7, 8 & 9)

Since September 2012, year 7 are taught both French and Spanish in mixed ability groups according to their tutor groups, apart from one Special Needs group (two in September 2013) who will be taught Spanish only.

In year 8 and 9, all pupils continue to study French and Spanish, with the same setting arrangements.

Key stage 4 (Year 10 & 11)

Since 1999 the study of a foreign language has become optional. Take-up remains very good but since September 2010, with less teaching groups, pupils are taught in mixed ability groups.

All pupils studying a language at GCSE are allocated 5 periods per fortnight.

NVQ pupils are allocated only 2 hours per fortnight and will need to complete speaking assessments at break time, lunch time or after school.

Key Stage 5 (Year 12 & 13)

Only French is currently taught at A’ level but Spanish will also be offered from September 2016.

There are currently 17 students in year 12 and 3 in year 13.

The year 12 group is allocated 8 periods per fortnight and the year 13 group is allocated 10 periods a fortnight. Both groups have at least two teachers.

3) Team List and Responsibilities

Name Room Languages taught (known) Departmental responsibilities
Barbara Voisin
G8 French
Head of MFL
In charge of Spanish
In charge of KS5
Claire Gibbs
G4 French
Deputy team leader in charge of KS3 (French)
Jeanette Picton
G5 French Deputy team leader in charge of KS4 (GCSE+NVQ)
SEN coordinator
Rhys Smith
G3 Spanish
Student Teacher Mentor
Katie Harris-Dean
G1 French
Vanessa White
G floor French
FLA 1 (Foreign Language Assistant) G floor French 12 hours per week
FLA 2 G floor Spanish 12 hours per week

4) Topics covered

All Key stages have the same programme of study for both French and Spanish over the three years of KS3 but topics may be taught in a different order.

Year 7- Spanish

SELF (name, age, birthday, dates, where they live, nationalities, numbers) FAMILY (members, pets, colours, descriptions – hair, eyes, personality, bigger numbers, likes and dislikes, basic opinions) HOBBIES (leisure activities and sports, likes and dislikes, opinions, present tense of AR verbs) TOWN (places in town, future plans and tense, opinions)

Year 8 - Spanish

FREE TIME (leisure activities, full present tense – regular and irregular, extended opinions)

DAILY ROUTINE (time, reflexive verbs, uniform, opinions)

HOLIDAYS (countries, frequency phrases, family members and friends, means of transport, holiday activities with extended opinions, full past tense –regular and irregular verbs)

BODY, ILLNESSES & REMEDIES (parts of the body, discussing illnesses, pains and aches, understanding remedies, at the doctor's/chemist’s)

HEALTHY HABITS & HEALTHY EATING (sports and clubs, food, unhealthy habits, future plans)

Year 9 – Spanish

MEDIA (use of computers, frequency phrases; television programmes, likes and dislikes, opinions and comparatives; cinema and types of films, extended opinions, types of music, frequency and past tense)

HOME TOWN & REGION (Spanish towns and cities, geography of Spain, including festivals, types of town, descriptions, places in town, opportunities, likes and dislikes, extended opinions and reasons, environmental issues, past, present, future and conditional tenses)

WELSH BACCALAUREATE ICT PROJECT (Power Point presentation on a Spanish speaking country: research, plan, draft, final copy, evidence, evaluation)

Year 10 - Spanish

FREE TIME (leisure activities and sports – including clubs and extreme sports, television, films and cinema, music, new technology, pocket money & chores, present tenses, comparatives, opinions, reasons and justifications, past tenses- perfect and imperfect)

HOME LIFE (family members, descriptions, personalities and relationships, daily routine & time, chores, future tenses – simple and immediate)

HOME TOWN & REGION (Spanish towns and cities, geography of Spain, including festivals, types of town, descriptions, places in town, opportunities, likes and dislikes, extended opinions and reasons, environmental issues, past, present, future and conditional tenses) (shopping and lost properties)

Year 11 – Spanish

HOLIDAYS (description of usual holidays, a past holiday, an ideal holiday, use of all tenses – present, past, imperfect, future, conditional)

SCHOOL & EDUCATION (subjects, teachers, preferences, timetables & routines, rules, uniform, use of all tenses, ideal school, extended opinions, reasons and justifications, future plans, comparing educational systems in UK and Spain)

YOUNG PEOPLE & CURRENT ISSUES (new technologies & cyber bullying, politics, religion, AIDS, smoking and drinking, homelessness and poverty)

Year 12- French

Leisure and Lifestyle: including travel and tourism, sport, hobbies, entertainment, customs, traditions, healthy living – health and nutrition, diet and exercise; unhealthy living - drugs, aids, smoking, alcohol, etc. The Individual and Society, including relationships and responsibilities, gender issues, youth culture (values, peer groups, fashions and trends etc.), education, vocational training and future careers.

Year 13 - French

Environmental Issues, including technology, pollution, global warming, transport, energy, nuclear energy, renewable energies, conservation, recycling, sustainability.

Social and Political Issues, including the role of the media, racism, immigration social exclusion and integration, terrorism, world of work (employment, commerce, globalization, etc.)

The World of Cinema
Study of 2 films: focus on development and plot, relationships, the personalities of main characters, individual viewpoints and beliefs, motivation for personal actions etc., and to cinematographic devices in as far as they relate to any of those aspects (colour, flashback, slow motion etc.). Students will not be expected to have detailed knowledge of cinematographic technologies, production methods, etc.