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Modern Foreign Languages

MflWe aim to promote an interest in and an awareness of the languages and culture of other countries, and in particular French and German-speaking countries around the world. All students entering the school begin with either French or German; students joining the school in September 2021 will start with German. 

 

They will take up the second language in Year 8 and study both of them in Years 8 and 9. Many students continue with one language to GCSE, although it is possible to carry on with more than one language with our fast track Double Languages option. We also run a two-year GCSE Spanish course from scratch starting in Year 10. Both French and German are offered at AS and A2 level.  In September 2020 we are starting a Mandarin club in liaison with the Swire Chinese Language Foundation;  we hope this will lead to Mandarin appearing as a curriculum option in the near future.

We welcome students who come to the school already proficient in a foreign language and we are happy to facilitate an early GCSE where appropriate. 

We are fortunate to have a native French speaker and a native German speaker amongst the MFL teaching staff and they offer individual conversation practice to all our A Level learners. 

Outside the classroom, we have regular languages competitions and events. Recent trips include our long-running exchanges with Bingen and Brittany, and trips to Le Touquet, Paris and Berlin.  

 

French: Main Topics Covered

Year 7

  • Personal introductions and in the classroom
  • Appearance and personality, family, pets
  • Where you live and activities in the home, including telling the time
  • In town, including landmarks, directions and locations
  • The school day, including opinions and reasons
  • Free time: sports, games and instruments

Year 8

  • Personal information, daily life, jobs, weather
  • Free time, television, talking about past events
  • Socialising, including giving and accepting invitations, clothes and shopping
  • Food and drink
  • Holidays and travel including Francophone countries

Year 9

  • Media including TV, music, reading, films and daily routine
  • Future plans
  • Healthy living including parts of the body, illnesses and giving advice
  • Talking about how things used to be; using the imperfect tense
  • Travel, including French regions, attractions and accommodation
  • Extension topic: French culture (schools, religion, work)

Year 10

  • Recap of the topic of family and friends
  • Use of technology in everyday life
  • Free time activities
  • Customs and festivals
  • Home town
  • Social issues

Year 11

  • Recap of traditions, local area, social and environmental issues
  • Holidays, travel and tourism
  • School life, Jobs and further study
  • Plans for the future
  • Revision and exam preparation

Year 12

  • Intensive grammar course
  • Family life
  • Francophone music
  • The digitalisation of society
  • Youth problems
  • French cinema and study of a film (Un long dimanche de fiançailles, Jeunet, 2004)
  • Voluntary work
  • Paris as a town and region
  • Francophone traditions and festivals
  • Begin study of a literary text (No et Moi, Vigan 2009)

Year 13

  • Continued study of ‘No et Moi’
  • Social diversity, marginalisation and crime
  • Youth engagement in politics and the vote
  • Protests, strikes and unions
  • Immigration policy

 

German: Main Topics Covered

Year 7

  • Personal introductions and in the classroom
  • The school day, including opinions and reasons
  • Appearance and personality, family, pets
  • Free time: Sports, activities and favourites
  • Where you live and activities in the home, including telling the time
  • In town, landmarks, facilities and going to a snack bar

Year 8

  • Weather, talking about a past holiday
  • Shopping, food and pocket money
  • Free time and television
  • Healthy living including parts of the body, illnesses and giving advice
  • Socialising, invitations, clothes, young people’s problems

Year 9

  • Family relationships, marriage and family structures
  • Social media and technology
  • Oxford German Olympiad (at teacher’s discretion)
  • Film, TV and music
  • Food and drink at home and in a restaurant
  • The value of sports, extreme sports, going to a sports centre

Year 10

  • Recap of family and free time
  • Traditions and festivals
  • Towns, regions and accommodation
  • Voluntary work
  • Health and fitness
  • The environment
  • Social issues

Year 11

  • Recap of traditions, local area, social and environmental issues
  • Holidays, travel and tourism
  • School life, jobs and further study
  • Plans for the future
  • Revision and exam preparation

Year 12

  • Intensive grammar
  • The digitalisation of society
  • The changing role of family life
  • Youth culture: Trends in music, fashion and television in the German speaking world
  • Traditions and festivals
  • History and culture in Berlin (past and present)
  • Art and architecture
  • Study of a film (Goodbye Lenin, Becker 2003)
  • Education and work
  • Environment and travel
  • Begin study of a literary text (Der Vorleser, Schlink 1995)

Year 13

  • Continued study of ‘Der Vorleser’
  • Immigration, integration and racism in German-speaking society
  • Germany and the European Union
  • Politics and young people
  • Reunification and its ramifications

 

Spanish: Main Topics Covered

Year 10

  • Spanish basics
  • Family, friends and relationships
  • Media and technology
  • Free time, food & festivals
  • Home, town and local area                                                                                       

Year 11

  • Healthy living
  • Social and environmental issues
  • Holidays, travel and tourism
  • School life
  • Jobs and further study
  • Plans for the future
  • Revision and exam preparation
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