Modern Foreign Languages

 

The Modern Languages department offers Spanish and French.

 

In Year 7, the cohort is divided into two, with half studying French and the other half studying Spanish.  Pupils continue with their Year 7 language until the end of Year 8, when they may choose either language as an option for GCSE.

 

Key Stage 3 (Years 7 and 8)

 

In French we follow the Studio course and in Spanish, we follow Viva.  Both resources are modern, lively and are designed to prepare pupils adequately to undertake an enjoyable learning journey towards the GCSE.  From Year 7 onwards, all pupils have access to our online homework resources which can be found at www.pearsonactivelearn.com.    The following key areas are continually taught and assessed throughout Years 7 and 8:

 

-        Vocabulary retention

-        Grammar learning

-        Reading for understanding in the target language

-        Listening for understanding in the target language

-        Speaking in the target language

-        Writing skills (including translation)

 

Those who study a modern language at Key Stage 3 have 4 lessons of French or Spanish across the two week timetable.

 

The topics covered throughout the course in each language are indicated below:

French

Year 7

Year 8

 Studio 1

Module 1 – C’est perso

Module 2 – Mon collège

Module 3 – Mes passetemps

Module 4 – Ma Zone

Module 5 – 3…2…1…Partez!

 Studio 2

Module 1 – T’es branché(e)

Module 2 – Paris, je t’adore!

Module 3 – Mon identité

Module 4 – Chez moi, chez toi Module 5 – Quel talent?!

 

 

 

 

Spanish

Year 7

Year 8

 ¡Viva! 1

Module 1 – Mi vida

Module 2 – Mi tiempo libre

Module 3 – Mi insti

Module 4 – Mi familia y mis amigos Module 5 – Mi ciudad

 ¡Viva! 2

Module 1 – Mis vacaciones

Module 2 – Todo sobre mi vida Module 3 – ¡A comer!

Module 4 – ¿Qué hacemos?

Module 5 – Operación verano

 

 

Key Stage 4 (Years 9, 10 and 11)

 

At GCSE, we follow the Pearson GCSE resources in preparation for the Edexcel GCSE in French and Spanish.  Our carefully planned progression and accessible approach helps build up pupils’ knowledge of grammar and vocabulary, helping them learn to manipulate language independently across a range of contexts.  Those who study a modern language at GCSE have 5 lessons of French or Spanish across the two week timetable.

 

Throughout the GCSE, we study the five themes set out in Edexcel’s specifications for Modern Langauges.  These are:

● Identity and culture

● Local area, holiday and travel

● School

● Future aspirations, study and work

● International and global dimension

 

Through continued practice, pupils prepare to undertake the 4 elements of the GCSE: Listening, Reading, Speaking and Writing. Each of the skills is worth 25% of the final GCSE grade.  The Speaking examination is administered by the class teacher.

 

The following topics are covered across the three years:

 

French

Year 9

Year 10

Year 11

Relationships

Interests

 

What my friends and family are like

 

Sport

 

Interests

 

Film and television

 

Socialising with friends and family

 

Film and television

 

Social media and technology (use of, advantages and disadvantages)

 

Directions

 

Things to do

 

Places to see

Shopping

 

Celebrations and festivals

 

Travel and accommodation

 

Shopping

 

Celebrations and festivals

 

Shopping

 

What my friends and family are like

 

School day

 

Subjects

 

School rules and pressures

 

School types

 

School day

 

School rules and pressures

 

Further study

School trips, events and exchanges

 

Jobs, careers and professions

 Experiences and destinations

 

Weather

 

Travel and accommodation

 

Preferences

 

Eating out

 

Food and drink

 

Relationships

 

Customs and everyday life

 

Campaigns and good causes

 

Being 'green'

 

Intensive exam preparation

 

 

 

Spanish

Year 9

Year 10

Year 11

 Experiences and destinations

 

Travel and accommodation

 

Asking for help and dealing with problems

 

Interests

 

Travel and accommodation

 

Places to see

 

 

Things to do

 

Shopping

 

Directions

 

Eating out

 

Celebrations and festivals

 

Things to do

 

Weather

 

School subjects

 

School day

 

School types

 

Rules and pressures

pressures

 

School types

 What my friends and family are like

 

Relationships

 

Customs and everyday life

 

What my friends and family are like

 

Relationships

 

Relationships

 

What my friends and family are like

 

Interests

 

Jobs, careers and professions

 

Further study

 

Volunteering

 

Training

 

Film and television

 

Sport

 

Socialising with friends and family

 

Film and television

 

Social media and technology

 

Sport

 

Reading

 Things to do

 

Shopping

 

Asking for help and dealing with problems

 

Shopping

 

Food and drink

 

Being 'green'

 

Campaigns and good causes

 

Being 'green'

 

Campaigns and good causes

 

Intensive exam preparation

 

 

Please follow this link to find further information about GCSE MFL at St Edmund Arrowsmith - GCSE MFL 

**The current Year 9 is studying Spanish ab initio and is therefore beginning with the introductory material.