Curriculum - MFL

Modern Foreign Languages (French and Spanish)


What course do we follow?

AQA Course in both French  and Spanish

Pupils may opt to study French and/or Spanish at GCSE if they studied that language in Year 9.

What will I learn ?

Emphasis is placed on the practical use of language and pupils are equipped to use the language in a variety of situations, which they are likely to encounter whilst travelling abroad or when associating with native French/Spanish speakers.

Topics covered include:

  • Me, my family and friends
  • Technology in everyday life
  • Free-time activities
  • Customs and festivals in French/Spanish-speaking countries/communities
  • Home, town, neighbourhood and region
  • Social issues
  • Global issues
  • Travel and tourism
  • My studies
  • Life at school/college
  • Education post-16
  • Jobs, career choices and ambitions.

Pupils are taught to convey and receive information in the foreign language in both spoken and written forms, and confidence is increased as the pupils become more proficient.

Pupils may be invited to participate in a study trip to France or Spain. We have a link with a college in France and we have organised a French Exchange for a number of years.  This visit in particular allows pupils to practice their linguistic skills in real situations and to come into contact with the culture and civilisation of France.

How will I be assessed ?

Students are assessed through a series of terminal examinations at the end of Year 11.

At the end of year 11 there are three examinations: a listening exam, a reading exam and a written exam.  Each pupil will also sit an individual oral exam with their French or Spanish teacher.

The four components are weighted equally as follows:

Listening: 25%
Speaking: 25%
Reading: 25%
Writing: 25%

What resources are  used ?
  • Textbooks:     AQA GCSE French Higher / AQA GCSE Spanish Higher
  • ICT Package: Boardworks for GCSE
  • Online Resources: Kerboodle
  • VLE Past AQA exam papers and exam practice papers
How will this help me in the future ?

A qualification in a foreign language can be of immense value to future career prospects, both in Great Britain and abroad. University courses combining a modern language with a  Science or a commercial subject or law are becoming increasingly popular. Increased travel and leisure opportunities have also emphasised the need for a basic knowledge of a foreign language. A modern foreign language at GCSE lends an important element of breadth to a pupil’s choice of subjects.  This is becoming increasingly regarded by universities and employers.

 

GCE A Level French


A Level French is a demanding and intellectually stimulating course, which aims to provide students with the foreign language skills necessary in the modern world, especially in a commercial, European context. Students learn to communicate confidently and effectively in the language, which is taught through study of a range of topics designed to provide an insight into contemporary society and cultural background of France and French-speaking countries. The study of A Level French should be an enjoyable experience, developing in the students an awareness of how the language works, and is intended to be both challenging and intellectually rewarding. Language is learned in the context of a range of settings.

Students study two units of work at AS Level in the first year of study, followed by a further two units at A2.

The subject content for the AS units include: Travel and Tourism, Popular Culture, Healthy Lifestyle, Family/Relationships, Education and Careers.

At A2, candidates study the Environment, Multicultural Society and Contemporary Social Issues.  They also study two cultural topics which will include the study of French Films and French Literature.

Entrance Requirements

At least a Grade B in French at GCSE.
AS Level is a qualification in itself and also carries 50% of the marks for the A Level qualification.

AS Units

Unit 1: Speaking test – 15 minute preparation + 15 minute test
Unit 2: Listening, Reading and Writing exam – 2½ hr written examination

A2 Units

Unit 3: Speaking test – 20 minute preparation + 20 minute test
Unit 4: Listening, Reading and Writing exam – 3 hr written examination ?
Students make use of a wide range of resources in French, including books, newspapers, magazines, radio, television, DVD recordings and music. They are expected to complete personal research and make use of the internet where appropriate.

Aims of the course:

· to enable students to attain a high level of competence in the language
· to broaden opportunities for leisure and travel
· to enhance employment prospects both in the UK and abroad
· to provide an insight into another culture and society
· to provide students with a sound basis for further study

A Level pass will lead to a degree course in a wide range of subject areas. Alongside the traditional courses in modern languages, there are a large number of options combining French or Spanish with Law, Business Studies, Media Studies or Science. Demand for people skilled in such areas is great and is increasing. A Level French is a distinct advantage for those seeking a career in travel and tourism, the media, the EU, translating and interpreting, foreign trade and banking and many more. Competence in foreign language skills is certain to enhance career prospects in general.

 

GCE A Level Spanish


A Level Spanish is a demanding and intellectually stimulating course which aims to provide students with the foreign language skills necessary in the modern world, especially in a commercial, European context. Students learn to communicate confidently and effectively in the language which is taught through study of a range of topics designed to provide an insight into contemporary society and cultural background of Spain and Spanish-speaking countries. The study of A Level Spanish should be an enjoyable experience, developing in the students an awareness of how the language works and is intended to be both challenging and intellectually rewarding.

Qualifications

The following qualification can be gained from this opportunity: General Certificate of Education A Level

What Will I Learn?

Language is learned in the context of a range of settings. Students study two units of work at AS Level in the first year of study, followed by a further two units at A2. The subject content for the AS units include: Travel and Tourism, Popular Culture, Healthy Lifestyle, Family Relationships, Education and Careers.

At A2, candidates study the Environment (pollution, energy), Multicultural Society (immigration, racism) and Contemporary Social Issues. They also study two cultural topics, which will include the study of Spanish Films and Spanish Literature.

Entrance Requirements

At least a Grade B in Spanish at GCSE.
AS Level is qualification in itself and also carries 50% of the marks for the A Level qualification.

AS Units
Unit 1:Speaking test
Unit 2:Listening, Reading and Writing exam

A2 Units
Unit 3: Speaking test
Unit 4: Listening Reading and Writing exam

Students make use of a wide range of resources in Spanish including books, newspapers, magazines, radio, television, DVD recordings and music. They are expected to complete personal research and make use of the internet where appropriate.

Aims of the course:

· to enable students to attain a high level of competence in the language
· to broaden opportunities for leisure and travel
· to enhance employment prospects both in the UK and abroad
· to provide an insight into another culture and society
· to provide students with a sound basis for further study

A Level pass in modern languages can lead to a degree course in a wide range of subject areas. Alongside the traditional courses in modern languages, there are a large number of options combining Spanish with Law, Business Studies, Media Studies or Science. Demand for people skilled in such areas is great and is increasing. A Level Spanish is a distinct advantage for those seeking a career in travel and tourism, the media, the EU, translating and interpreting, foreign trade and banking and many more. Competence in foreign language skills is certain to enhance career prospects in general.