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Modern Foreign Languages (MFL)

Learning a modern foreign language such as French or Spanish is extremely rewarding and fun ! It has a genuine practical purpose as the vast majority of people from the UK are expected to visit both France and Spain on numerous occasions during their lifetime.
At Paulet we offer visits to foreign language countries in both KS3 abd KS4 providing opportunities for students to use the languages they are learning.
Half of companies in the UK say that French speakers are vital to the success of their businesses while the increasing popularity of Spanish language skills in the USA has seen the number of learners increase dramatically.

A young person who has learned a second language in school will find it much easier to learn further languages as an adult.
A modern foreign language course offers invaluable support to students of all subjects in particular English and history. From vocabulary to grammar, communication skills to writing techniques, the learning of a language will consolidate and support learning across the whole curriculum.
The modern foreign languages department at Paulet believes that through language we can build the confidence of our young people and broaden their horizons.
Employers and universities are looking for young people who have acquired a broad range of skills and an excellent work ethic. In gaining a MFL qualification you are providing evidence of overall academic ability, an excellent level of literacy, communication skills, and a knowledge and understanding of other cultures.

The purpose of MFL at Paulet is to help students to :

  • view languages as a lifelong skill
  • enjoy language learning as a practical skill#
  • develop transferable skills that will enhance learning and provide a solid platform on which to enter the world of work
  • communicate meaningfully and listen to others with maturity and respect
  • solve problems and become confident and independent learners

Curricular offering (to apply from September 2016):

Students in years 7 and 8 will study both French and Spanish with a view to specialising in one of these languages in year 9. This will allow for a 3 year KS4. We believe that this will benefit our students by allowing them more time to master their language of choice.

In year 7 students will study half a year of French followed by half a year of Spanish. During this time they will learn vocabulary and grammar through skills based lessons. These will be divided in to three half-termly modules : pronunciation and spontaneous speech, planning and self-correcting written work, and listening and reading for a variety of purposes. We will also teach them about the culture of the countries where these languages are spoken. Year 8 will follow the same structure as year 7 beginning with half a year of Spanish followed by half a year of French.

Towards the end of year 8 students will be asked to choose their preferred language. It is important to note that by 2018 the government intends that almost all students will study a GCSE in a modern foreign language.

In years 9, 10 and 11 students who have opted to study a GCSE in a modern foreign language will follow the AQA course. There are three themes: identity and culture; local, national, international and global areas of interest; current and future study and employment. We aim to cover one theme in detail each year. In the summer term of year 11 students will sit all final exams. The exams will cover speaking, listening, reading and writing skills and will be worth 25% each. Students will be entered at either foundation or higher tier.

At advanced level students are able to study French or Spanish. Once again we follow the AQA courses. The core content includes : the study of social issues and trends ; political and artistic culture ; grammar ; literary texts and films. Students will also conduct an individual research project based on a subject or a key question which is of interest to them and which relates to the country or countries where the language is spoken. In the summer term of year 13 students will complete 3 papers : paper one is listening, reading and writing ; paper two is writing ; paper 3 is speaking.

Teacher responsible : Miss Gordon



Updated 24/05/2016 JM



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