The MFL Faculty is made up of the French, German and Spanish Departments. Before joining the school parents and guardians are consulted as to whether there is a strong reason for their child taking a particular one of the three languages that we offer.
The MFL Faculty is committed to creating a safe learning environment, which allows students to develop their confidence and make progress in the language. Throughout KS3 we aim to see students become more and more proactive in lessons, eager to take part in the language learning and in the development of greater cultural awareness.
From September 2019, Year 7 students also have the opportunity to study two foreign languages in Year 8. They will continue to study the one they are studying in Year 7 and will take on a second.
KS3 Curriculum Information
- Year 7 – 5 lessons per fortnight.
- Year 8 – 5 lessons per fortnight.
- Year 9 – 4 lessons per fortnight.
Linking Language Learning with English Literacy
We consider the learning of a second language to be an important and transferable life skills, which is closely linked to students understanding and ability to use English. This is one of the reasons why students in year 7 have 30 minute lessons of English and 30 minute lessons of a second language almost every day (9 times a fortnight).
All year 7 groups are based on ability in English, this is done partly to facilitate us teaching MFL and English literacy 9 times a fortnight. Groups in Years 8 and 9 are mixed ability.
Homework will either be a reading/writing homework or a learning homework (usually alternated). Students will be expected to spend between 30 to 50 minutes a week on homework.
There will be 3 formal assessment points spread throughout the year in the 4 skills of reading, listening, writing and speaking, as well as progress checks every 3 to 5 weeks.
Useful Websites to Support Students
Progression to KS4
The majority of students will go on to study one language at GCSE.