Modern foreign Languages
If you talk to a man in a language he understands, it goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart. - Nelson Mandela
Our Curriculum intent for Modern Foreign Languages (MFL) is to give students the opportunity to discover new cultures through an enjoyable experience of learning a foreign language.
The study of a foreign language helps students develop a sense of cultural pluralism, an openness to, and appreciation of, other cultures. In a globalised world, students are developing linguistic skills which are crucial for employment and career, as proficiency in a foreign language enhances career opportunities.
We believe our MFL curriculum fosters resilient and independent students.
The curriculum develops students’ competence in listening, speaking, reading and writing, based on a sound foundation of core grammar and vocabulary. Students will be able to understand and communicate personal and factual information, developing and justifying points of view in speech and writing, with increased spontaneity, independence and accuracy. The curriculum aims to provide a clear progression from Year 7 to Year 11 to prepare students for further study.
Cross Curriculum and Skills
The curriculum plan follows the national curriculum plan for Languages. Students study a variety of topic areas as well as use authentic materials, such as books and films, to enhance their cultural awareness and widen their horizons outside their local context. The KS3 curriculum is aligned with the GCSE curriculum and therefore all the topics and assessments support students in developing key skills towards the GCSE requirements.
The general skills that will be covered across the MFL curriculum includes:
- Listening skills: students are taught to understand the principles and inter-relationships of sounds and how to listen carefully for gist and detail.
- Speaking skills: students are taught the correct pronunciation and intonation through repetition and speaking activities. They are taught to ask and answer questions and to develop answers.
- Reading skills: students are taught techniques for skimming and for scanning written texts for information. They are also taught to use the context and other clues (grammar clues, cognates, previous knowledge) to interpret meaning.
- Writing skills: students are taught to express themselves using a range of vocabulary and structures as well as how to use dictionaries and other reference materials effectively. They are taught the grammar of the target language and how to apply it.
In addition, the MFL curriculum promotes Citizenship by developing insights into, and understanding of, other cultures. It also enables students to apply and adapt their knowledge and understanding to a range of contexts and subjects and gather, interpret and communicate information effectively and confidently.
Revision Resources and Curriculum Journey
Key Stage 3
KS3 French Study Guide (CGP KS3 Languages) Paperback ISBN-13: 978-18414
KS3 Spanish Study Guide (CGP KS3 Languages) Paperback ISBN-13: 978-1847628862
Key Stage 4
Key Stage 4 Revise Edexcel GCSE (9-1) French Revision Workbook: for the 2016 qualifications ISBN-13: 978-1292132013
Revise Edexcel GCSE (9-1) French Revision Guide ISBN-13: 978-1292132082
Target Grade 9 Writing Edexcel GCSE (9-1) French Workbook ISBN-13: 978-1292245829
Target Grade 9 Reading AQA GCSE (9-1) French Workbook ISBN-13: 978-1292246055
Revise Edexcel GCSE (9-1) Spanish Revision Workbook: for the 9-1 examsâ€¯ISBN-13:â€¯978-1292132075
Revise Edexcel GCSE (9-1) Spanish Revision Guide ISBN-13:â€¯978-1292132105
Target Grade 9 Writing Edexcel GCSE (9-1) Spanish Workbook ISBN-13:978-1292245843
Target Grade 9 Reading AQA GCSE (9-1) Spanish Workbook ISBN-13:978-1292246031
Key Stage 5
Homework and Home Learning
Homework develops independent study and enables students to become life-long learners. We use an online tool to help you keep track of your child's homework. Show My Homework will allow parents to see the details of the tasks your child has been set, all their deadlines and their submission status.
In MFL we set homework regularly. Homework varies from vocabulary learning, reading or grammar worksheets, online practise and writing tasks.
Year 7: practise of vocabulary using www.linguascope.com
Year 8 – drafting of paragraph on “my region”
Year 9: grammar worksheets on the past tense
KS4 – Preparation of GCSE role-plays and speaking questions, vocabulary and grammar practise
KS5- research for speaking presentation, reading of literary book
The Knights Shield is a scheme which values and recognises all of the extracurricular and enrichment opportunities that Knights Academy pupils participate in.
In MFL we are pleased to offer pupils opportunities to fulfil the Knights Shield throughout our curriculum. Some examples are listed below:
Curriculum – aside from our curriculum in the classroom, we also offer a range of one-to-one support sessions when needed as well as KS4 speaking clubs.
Creativity – Model students' writing are displayed in classes and on the MFL corridors.
Community – Students discover different cultures throughout the curriculum and discuss issues such as the environment and how to improve it. Year 9 students take part in the Ebbac work fair.
Competencies – Year 7 take part inter-house spelling bee competition.
Cultural –Year 9 and 10 have the opportunity to see Spanish and French plays which give them the opportunity to test their understanding in a fun way. Some year 11 students go to the French institute in London to watch a film.
Why Study MFL at GCSE and A'Levels
Learning a Modern Foreign Language is challenging, however, the benefits far outweigh the difficulties in terms of travel and career prospects. Throughout the course, students will study a range of practical topics which will help you communicate with others. They will develop their listening, speaking, reading and writing skills that will prepare them not only for exams but also for later life. Those who wish to achieve the New English Baccalaureate will need to study a Modern Foreign Language.
This GCSE can lead to:
A level French and university degrees in pure Modern Languages or other courses with languages such as Business Studies and French.
Careers and Opportunities
Below are some examples of careers that Languages can help you enter:
Students can apply for jobs at home and abroad. After all, French is the sixth most spoken language in the world and Spanish the fourth!