Modern Foreign Languages
Languages are the key to unlocking whole other worlds. Not only do you learn about other cultures and current affairs in other countries but languages equip you with the ability to communicate with lots of new and interesting people.
As we go through Brexit, the need for people to speak a language other than English will become much greater.
Learning languages provides you with many transferable skills. Here are just a few:
- communication and articulating ideas
- problem solving
- increase in memory
- improved literacy and vocabulary
The Languages Department Team
Eight dedicated, enthusiastic teachers who teach French, German and Spanish help our students achieve the highest grades possible.
Between us we offer many years teaching experience and a proven track record of high quality teaching and learning. Click here to meet us
Steps the MFL department are taking to support our students from September 2020
At the start of the year we will spend the first week or two recapping key skills and general grammar structures in French, German and Spanish. This will give all pupils the foundations to start the new topic with confidence.
In each year group we teach fewer topics but in more detail. This gives us time to drill vocabulary and recap important structures – something which is vital to do when learning a language. It will also allow us to address any gaps in knowledge on an individual and whole class basis.
At the start of the year we will spend the first week or two recapping key skills and general grammar structures in French, Spanish and German. This will give all pupils the foundations to start the new topic with confidence.
Year 11 will continue to follow the curriculum overview which we intend to finish by early January / February. Alongside this we will be offering catch up sessions (See intervention plans below). From Jan / Feb 2021, we will use this time to recap on all GCSE topics and practise exam skills to ensure they are fully prepared for the final exams.
In year 10, we will continue to follow the curriculum overview. Some groups are one topic behind schedule but we will have time in the last summer half term to catch up. Once year 11 leave, we will also be more available to offer year 10 catch up intervention.
Students will be re-capping Year 12 content throughout the year via interleaved practice. We will arrange one to one speaking sessions with each pupil on a weekly basis, where year 12 topics will be recapped.
At all key stages, teachers will identify students who need extra support. Support will be appropriately tailored.
At GCSE this support may be in the form of after school intervention, if appropriate for the students needs.
At A Level we will work with pupils on a one to one basis to support them with any work they may be behind on. We will also have an opportunity to continue one to one speaking sessions on Teams or in school.
Pupil support in class
We will introduce an activity at the start of each lesson to recap on any gaps in knowledge regarding content covered during lockdown. There will also be an opportunity for pupils to raise questions on this content.
Homework will be completed on Teams and will refer back to important content and grammar that may have been missed during lock down.
In KS4 we will have an additional member of staff available to help support pupils in lessons particularly those pupils who lack confidence or who are struggling to keep on top of their work.
Out of lesson support
Resource lists are available on SharePoint for each year group. These include websites, videos, podcasts, books, films, quizzes and articles to support and extend the understanding of their chosen language.
In KS4 we provide students with an additional Grammar and Translation workbook.
For year 11’s we will run an intervention carousel (day of the week to be confirmed). One group will be a “Catch up” group which will be allocated to pupils who weren’t able to access much of the work during lock down. We will also be running normal intervention sessions which focus on exam skills for higher and foundation candidates. Teachers will rotate so pupils will have a chance to work with every member of the department.
Programme of Study
Key Stage 3
Pupils learn either French or German with Spanish in Year 7 and will continue one language from Year 8 until Year 11. In KS3 pupils practise their skills in Listening, Reading, Speaking and Writing on the following topics: family and friends, home town, pets, holidays, food and drink, future plans, environment, hobbies, school and health. As well as extensive vocabulary, pupils will learn how to apply grammatical structures to create language.
Key Stage 4
The vast majority of our pupils take a GCSE in French, German or Spanish following the AQA syllabus with excellent results.
At Key Stage 4 pupils build on the skills and topic areas studied at Key Stage 3 and develop more complex sentence structures and how to justify their opinions. They also extend their knowledge of the culture of the countries where that language is spoken.
For an overview of the Languages new AQA GCSE for Year 10 onwards please click here
Year 10 and 11 pupils all have access to their textbook online via Kerboodle. They have been given their log in details by their class teacher.
https://www.kerboodle.com/users/login (Institution code: ne1)
Our GCSE Revision Guides provide pupils and their parents with material to work through during Year 11, particularly in holidays and during study leave:
Key Stage 5
German and French students follow the Edexcel syllabus for the new AS course.
We regularly have pupils who opt to take a language at A level. Pupils continue to develop their language skills at Key Stage 5, by studying a range of interesting topics often linked to current affairs where they are required to analyse material, form personal judgements in order to debate and argue points of view. They are required to do more independent research in addition to using the course materials.
For an overview of the KS5 structure please click here.
The MFL Marking Policy can be found here for information
We offer a number of opportunities to help pupils in all Key Stages develop their language skills further.
Key Stage 3 and 4
- We run a Year 7 trip every year in December to the Christmas Markets in Köln, Germany as well as a trip to a sunny resort in the south of Spain in the summer term.
- We also successfully ran a day trip to Normandy for Year 9 with our Year 12 students helping.
- Selected German classes in Years 9 and 10 have the opportunity to write to a German penpal from our partner German school the F.F. Runge Schule in Berlin.
- Spanish Year 7 pupils have travelled by plane to the South of Spain and the Costa del Sol and spent 4 days visiting Granada, Cordoba and the surrounding areas. Pupils were treated to a Spanish dance lesson and also spent a morning at the beach.
- Pupils from our German partner school the F.F.Runge visited our pupils here in London in July 2017 and we visited their school in Berlin and saw the main sights in December 2018. We hope to get exchanges like this up and running again as soon as it is safe to do so.
- Each year we celebrate European Day of Languages by hosting a themed breakfast for our pupils in Year 7. This year staff also dressed up in their own cultural dress.
- We offer pupils the opportunity to take part in both national and international competitions for languages.
- Pupils and pen pals from our partner school in Berlin wrote a poem about World War 1 together in a workshop run by the charity Never Such Innocence, commemorating the men and women of the Great War. The poem will be published in the charity's book "Legacy" and our entry
was shortlisted and we were invited to the awards ceremony at the British Embassy in Berlin in November 2018. To read the poem click here.
- We run trips for all Key Stages to the Goethe Institut (German) and the Institut Français (French) in London to develop cultural awareness and language skills, the most recent one being cross-curricular: Languages in Science.
- This year the Year 9 Spanish pupils visited the National Gallery and followed a Spanish painter trail to learn more about Spanish art and culture. The day culminated with lunch at Tortilla - a mexican restaurant.
- Pupils in KS3 can now access copies of the Mary Glasgow magazines in French, Spanish and German and for KS4 and KS5 in French and German from the school library. This is an excellent tool for widening pupils' vocabulary and cultural knowledge.
Key Stage 5
- Sixth Form students have the opportunity to travel to France or Germany for a week's work experience during February half term, providing them with an invaluable opportunity to practise and build on their language skills.
- We run cinema trips and pupils attend revision workshops at the Goethe Institut (German) and the Institut Français (French) in London each year.
- We also bring pupils along to various careers fairs held across London so they can get a good insight into how useful languages can be for their future careers.
All pupils are able to study films and literature in MFL lessons and we now have a film library in our office. Pupils are able to borrow DVDs by leaving £5 deposit with their teacher. Pupils are also encouraged to watch their own films at home in the target language.
Useful resources and websites
Pupils can purchase a CGP GCSE revision guide from Ms Green (L23) to support their revision.
The following websites have lots of resources and ways to practise language skills: