All students take French in Years 7 to 9.
We believe that it provides an excellent introduction to studying a foreign language. The official language of the European Union and many similar umbrella organisations, it is spoken by 200 million people in 42 countries in five continents. Speak French and you will be able to communicate wherever you are in the world.
In Year 7 we start from scratch, assuming no language knowledge, although prior knowledge is helpful. From Year 7 we use the Dynamo course book and on-line learning tools and we have Expo for Years 8 and 9. These resources cover a wide range of topical areas, all major tenses and introduce key grammar structures. Topics include family and friends, your home and local area, your daily routine, leisure activities, holidays and travel, media, health and francophone culture.
Students experience a Language and Culture Day in Year 7, as an introduction to the second language they may study in Year 8 and Year 9 – German or Spanish. This day consists of a range of cross-curricular activities such as Art, History, Food and PE, as well as language taster sessions with Department staff.
GCSE MFL is compulsory in Years 10 and 11. Students can choose their preferred language, or opt to be a dual linguist and continue with both of their MFL subjects.
Students can improve their confidence, fluency and cultural understanding through our MFL Exchange / Residential programme and organised trips.
Our MFL students have the opportunity to use the language learning facilities in the Stratford Language Centre and have access to on-line learning platforms both in school and at home.
GCSE MFL : AQA
Students study all of the following themes on which the exams are based.
Theme 1: Identity and culture
Theme 2: Local, national, international and global areas of interest
Theme 3: Current and future study and employment
All exams are at the end of the two year GCSE course.
Listening (higher): 25% - 45 mins – range of question styles
Speaking (higher): 25% - role-play (2 mins); photocard (3mins); General conversation (7 mins)
Reading (higher): 25% - 1 hour – range of question styles and translation in to English
Writing (higher): 25% - 90 word task; 150 word task; translation in to Target Language – 1 hour 15 mins
MFL Exchange/Residential Programme
In Key Stage 4 students have the opportunity to take part in an Exchange/Residential Programme. This value of this experience can not be understated. It affords students the opportunity to not only practise communicating in the Target Language, but also offers the chance to experience daily life in the chosen country and make friends for life. This is a very popular educational trip.
A LEVEL MFL : AQA
Students study all of the following aspects, on which the exams are based.
1) Social issues and trends
2) Political and artistic culture
4) Literary works – Texts and Films (options)
All exams are at the end of the two year course.
Paper 1 :
Listening, Reading and Writing – covering study aspects 1-3 above – 50% of A level – 2hours 30mins
Paper 2 :
Two essays in the Target Language, addressing study aspect 4 above – 20% of A Level – 2 hours
Paper 3 :
Photocard on aspects of study 1-3 above plus a Presentation and Discussion based on Individual Research Project – 30% of A Level – 21-23 mins