‘If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. 
If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart.’
Nelson Mandela

In an increasingly competitive and challenging global marketplace the ability to speak a Modern Foreign Language is not only desirable, it can be the pathway to career enhancement.  Whether socially or in a business context, educationally or for enhancing personal growth from global travel, learning a language will take you on a journey of enrichment that can endure for a lifetime.

Modern Foreign Languages (MFL) is a subject which builds on basics taught at Key Stage 2 in various feeder primary schools The Modern Foreign Languages Faculty aims to provide a rich and diverse learning experience for all students, combining sound grammatical knowledge with increased cultural awareness and encouraging creativity and independence. The department is strongly committed to making the study of a foreign language a rewarding experience for the entire ability range, so that each student will be able to achieve his/her potential. We aim to deliver courses which are enjoyable, rewarding and offer students a realistic opportunity to be successful at the highest possible level, thus providing a platform for further study.


Modern Foreign Languages - Meet the Staff

Mrs A Michalakakos

Head of Languages
French, Spanish and Italian

 

 

We have a team of dedicated and enthusiastic linguists offering GCSE qualifications in French and Spanish. From September we will be liaising with Collège Jules Ferry, a school in Épinal, Nancy to enhance and encourage uptake of languages at GCSE.

Year 7 & 8 French

 

In Year 7 and 8, students have the opportunity to study French. Over the course of the 2 years, students will follow the scheme of learning from Allez’ which is an interactive digital resource that students can access from the classroom and at home via Kerboodle. They will cover the 4 skills of reading, listening, speaking, and writing. Regular assessment will take place to allow students to measure their progress against their target level. Progress is monitored carefully throughout the lesson with AFL (Assessment for Learning) as a key to target intervention where under-achievement will be indicated. Students will receive regular homework tasks and can enhance this by practising vocabulary on websites such as LanguagesonlineQuizlet and tasks set on Kerboodle.

GCSE French and Spanish (starts in Year 9)

Over the three years of your GCSE course, you will study all of the following themes:

Theme 1: Identity and culture

 

Topic 1: Me, my family and friends
• Relationships with family and friends
• Marriage/partnership
Topic 2: Technology in everyday life
• Social media
• Mobile technology
Topic 3: Free-time activities
• Music
• Cinema and TV
• Food and eating out
• Sport
Topic 4: Customs and festivals in French-speaking countries/communities

 

Theme 2: Local, national, international and global areas of interest

 

Topic 1: Home, town, neighbourhood and region
Topic 2: Social issues
• Charity/voluntary work
• Healthy/unhealthy living

Topic 3: Global issues
The environment
• Poverty/homelessness

Topic 4: Travel and tourism

 

Theme 3: Current and future study and employment

Topic 1: My studies
Topic 2: Life at school/college
Topic 3: Education post-16

Topic 4: Jobs, career choices and ambitions

 

Assessment


There are four exams at the end of the course, in Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing. Each exam is worth 25% of your overall grade. You are entered for the same tier (Foundation or Higher) for all four papers.

More information about each exam is given below.

Paper

Length of exam

Total marks awarded

Question types

Paper 1 – Listening

(Written exam)

35 minutes (Foundation Tier) + 5 minutes reading time /

45 minutes (Higher Tier) + 5 minutes reading time.

  •  
  • 40 marks (Foundation Tier) / 50 marks (Higher Tier).
  •  
  • 25% of GCSE

Foundation Tier and Higher Tier

  • Section A – questions in English, to be answered in English or non-verbally
    Section B – questions in French/Spanish, to be answered in French/Spanish or non-verbally

Paper 2 – Speaking

(Oral exam)

  • 7–9 minutes (Foundation Tier) + preparation time /
  • 10–12 minutes (Higher Tier) + preparation time

 

  • 60 marks (for each of Foundation Tier and Higher Tier)

25% of GCSE

Foundation Tier and Higher Tier

The format is the same at Foundation Tier and Higher Tier, but with different stimulus questions for the Photo card and different stimulus materials for the Role-play. The timings are different too:

  • 1. Role-play – 15 marks (2 minutes at Foundation Tier; 2 minutes at Higher Tier)
  • 2. Photo card – 15 marks (2 minutes at Foundation Tier; 3 minutes at Higher Tier)
  • 3. General conversation – 30 marks (3–5 minutes at Foundation Tier; 5–7 minutes at Higher Tier)

Paper 3 – Reading

(Written exam)

  • Written exam: 45 minutes (Foundation Tier) / 1 hour (Higher Tier)

 

  • 60 marks (for each of Foundation Tier and Higher Tier)

25% of GCSE

Foundation Tier and Higher Tier

  • Section A – questions in English, to be answered in English or non-verbally
  • Section B – questions in French/Spanish, to be answered in French/Spanish or non-verbally
  • Section C – translation from French/Spanish into English (a minimum of 35 words for Foundation Tier and 50 words for Higher Tier)

Paper

Length of exam

Total marks awarded

Question types

Paper 4 – Writing

(Written exam)

1 hour (Foundation Tier) / 1 hour 15 minutes (Higher Tier)

 

  • 50 marks at Foundation Tier and 60 marks at Higher Tier

25% of GCSE

Foundation Tier

Question 1 – message (student produces four sentences in response to a photo) – 8 marks
Question 2 – short passage (student writes a piece of continuous text in response to four brief bullet points, approximately 40 words in total) – 16 marks
Question 3 – translation from English into French/Spanish (minimum 35 words) – 10 marks
Question 4 – structured writing task (student responds to four compulsory detailed bullet points, producing approximately 90 words in total) – there is a choice from two questions – 16 marks

 

Higher Tier

  • Question 1 – structured writing task (student responds to four compulsory detailed bullet points, producing approximately 90 words in total) – there is a choice from two questions – 16 marks
  • Question 2 – open-ended writing task (student responds to two compulsory detailed bullet points, producing approximately 150 words in total) – there is a choice from two questions – 32 marks
  • Question 3 – translation from English into French/Spanish (minimum 50 words) – 12 marks

 

This qualification is linear. Linear means that you will sit all of your exams at the end of the course, in May or June.

How go GCSE grades 1-9 work?


GCSE French/Spanish has a Foundation Tier (grades 1–5) and a Higher Tier (grades 4–9). The chart from Ofqual below summarises the new GCSE grading structure.

‘9’ is the highest grade you could be awarded (roughly equivalent to an ‘A*+’) and ‘1’ is the lowest grade on the scale (roughly equivalent to a ‘G’). A grade ‘4’ is roughly equivalent to a grade ‘C’.

 

Further information contact Mrs Michalakakos or visit the links below:

http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/languages/gcse/french-8658/specification-at-a-glance

 aqa.org.uk/pastpapers 

http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/languages/gcse/french-8658/subject-content/grammar

http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/languages/gcse/french-8658/subject-content/vocabulary

Scheme of work (3 year higher)

 

Page updated: 18/10/2018