MFL lessons provide an experience of other languages and an opening to other cultures. We aim to foster students’ curiosity and deepen their understanding of the world. Students should become able to express their ideas and thoughts in another language and to understand and respond to its speakers, both in speech and in writing. They should be exposed to authentic material in the target language and also have the opportunity to communicate in practical circumstances, for example on foreign trips. The study of MFL should ultimately provide the foundation for learning further languages, equipping students to study and work in other countries.
In KS3 students are assessed regularly in all four skills, listening, reading, speaking and writing. They are assessed in two of these skills at the end of each unit, usually one productive skill (writing or speaking) and one receptive skill (listening or reading).
Groupings / settings used within the faculty/subject
MFL is taught in mixed ability groups. Students learn both French and German during year 7, and then specialise in one language for the remainder of KS3. It is expected that most students will continue with this language into KS4.
Homework is set fortnightly in Y7 (one language per week), and weekly throughout the rest of the school. Tasks are a mixture of vocabulary learning, online tasks and written tasks. Students should not use online translation tools to complete written homework.
KS4 is a linear GCSE course and students complete tests in all four skills (listening, reading, writing and speaking) at the end of the course. All skills are equally weighted. Listening, Reading and Writing are assessed over two written exams, while the oral exam is conducted by the teacher during the final months of the course, and assessed externally.
Student progress towards these tests will be assessed regularly throughout the course.
Information about trips and extra curricular activities will be advertised as they come up.
A Levels in French and German are offered at several local colleges and sixth forms.
Many universities require a language for a significant proportion of the courses they offer, and almost all of them view a language at GCSE as a strong asset. A grounding in languages can lead to or enhance many careers in many sectors including business, law, finance, hospitality, journalism, politics and education.
Learning Director for MFL