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Modern Foreign Languages


The Modern Foreign Languages (MFL) department at King Ecgbert School is a tri-lingual department offering French, German and Spanish to students.  All students will start learning one language in Year 7 and those who show ability in the subject will also learn a second foreign language. Our aim is to promote a love for language learning by delivering lessons which inspire and engage students. Students will develop their skills in listening, reading, writing, translation and speaking as well as learning about the culture of the countries where this language is spoken. Learning a foreign language opens so many doors to students in future life with regard to communication skills, travel opportunities and future employability. In order to maximise students’ experience of modern foreign languages each year we offer at least three residential trips abroad to France, Germany and Spain.   


In Year 7 all students begin by studying one language for two one hour periods per week (In 2016-2017 half of the cohort study French and the other half study Spanish). At February half term students are placed into ability groupings and those who are in the most able group will begin to study a second foreign language during curriculum time. 

In Year 8 and Year 9 students continue to study languages for two lessons per week. In 2016-2017 Year 8 study either French or German and Year 9 study French (and those who are in the top set have the option to study German or Spanish as a second foreign language). 

The department is well resourced and we encourage students to come to get extra support from us whenever it is needed.  


GCSE French, German and Spanish are offered at KS4. Students follow the AQA specification and the department is very experienced in delivering this course. We are well resourced and students have a range of online subscriptions to access from home. Students have five one hour MFL periods a week over the two year GCSE course (e.g three hours a week in Year 10 and two in Year 11). 

Year 11 students are the last students to sit the current GCSE specification. They will study the topics of holidays, school and environment this year and sit both a controlled writing and speaking examination over the course of Year 11 (each assessment accounts for 15% of the overall grade). 

Year 10 students are the first students to follow the new GCSE specification. They will study the topics of family, home, school, hobbies, customs and tourism this year. At the end of each of these sub-topics they will do mini assessments to track their progress against the new GCSE grade criteria. 

GCSE students have access to a range of electronic resources from home and an open door policy applies for students to access support whenever they need it. In addition we run intervention and revision group support sessions for students throughout the two year course 


At KS5 we offer A level French and German. Students follow the AQA specification. Classes are traditionally small meaning that students have access to a very personalised learning experience. The content of A level languages is both stimulating and relevant in today’s society. It is a course which allows you to master the language whilst teaching you about the culture of the countries where the language is spoken. 

In Year 12 students will study the topics listed below as well as a film. In Year 13 students broaden their study further by studying topics which are relevant to French and German society such as immigration and politics as well as studying a novel in the target language. Students are then able to select an area of interest in order to produce an individual research project. We plan to run a work experience visit to France for A level French students and a trip to Berlin for A level German students. 

Year Half term Topics covered
  • French- Introductions (greetings, numbers, alphabet, birthdays) 
  • Spanish- Introductions (greetings, numbers, alphabet, birthdays, classroom items) 
  • French-Family and pets 
  • Spanish-Family and pets 
  • French- Descriptions 
  • Spanish-School 
  • French-Food & Drink 
  • Spanish-Hobbies 
  • French-Shopping 
  • Spanish-House & Home 
  • French-Hobbies 
  • Spanish-My town 
Year Half term Topics covered
  • French- Holidays 
  • German-Hobbies 
  • French-Paris 
  • German- Going out 
  • French-School 
  • German-Houese & Home 
  • French-House & Home 
  • German-My town 
  • French-My town 
  • German-Food & Drink 
  • French-Fashion 
  • German-Shopping 
Year Half term Topics covered
  • French-Myself, Family & Friends 
  • German (2nd FL)-Introductions 
  • French-House & Home 
  • German (2nd FL)- Family 
  • French-My town & Region 
  • German (2nd FL)- School 
  • French-School (subjects, opinions, teachers) 
  • German (2nd FL)- House & Home 
  • French-School life in France 
  • German (2nd FL)-Food & Drink 
  • French-Hobbies 
  • German (2nd FL)-Hobbies 
Year Half term Topics covered
  • French- Myself, Family & Friends 
  • Spanish- Myself, Family & Friends 
  • French- Home area & Region 
  • Spanish-Home area & Region 
  • French- School, Hobbies 
  • Spanish-School, Hobbies 
  • French- Healthy lifestyles 
  • Spanish-Healthy lifestyles 
  • French-Customs & Festivals in French speaking countries 
  • Spanish-Customs & Festivals in Spanish speaking countries 
  • French-Travel & Tourism 
  • Spanish-Travel & Tourism 
Year Half term Topics covered
  • French- Holidays & controlled assessment (speaking) 
  • German- Holidays + controlled assessment (writing) 
  • French- School & mock examinations (listening and reading) 
  • German- School + mock examinations (listening and reading) 
  • French- School & controlled assessment (writing) 
  • German-School & controlled assessment (speaking) 
  • French- Environment 
  • German-Environment 
  • French- Revision & Exam Preparation 
  • German- Revision & Exam Preparation 
  Exam leave    
Year Half term Topics covered
  • French- Family relationships, the cyber society, the role of volunteer work, France and its heritage, francophone music 
  • German- Family relationships, the cyber society, German music and television 
  • French- the cinema in France, family relationships, the study of the film ‘La Haine’ 
  • German-fashion and trends, family relationships, the study of the film ‘Goodbye Lenin’, festivals and traditions 
  • French- mock examinations, the study of the film ‘La Haine’, how heritage impacts upon society, protecting francophone music 
  • German- mock examinations, the study of the film ‘Goodbye Lenin’, Berlin: past and present 
  • French- French cinema and film festivals, benefits of voluntary work to society, role of digital technology 
  • German- art and architecture,  Berlin: past and present, role of digital technology 
  • French- Revision & Exam Preparation, AS examinations (if pupils choose to sit this) 
  • German- Revision & Exam Preparation, AS examinations (if pupils choose to sit this) 
  • French- Study of novel L’étranger by Albert Camus, individual research project 
  • German- Study of novel Der Vorleser by Bernhard Schlink, individual research project