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Modern Foreign Languages

Languages at King Ecgbert School

The Modern Foreign Languages (MFL) department at King Ecgbert School is a tri-lingual department offering at least one of French, German and Spanish to students. All students will start learning one language in Year 7 and there is often a chance for students to pick up another during KS3. 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, we also often offer residential trips abroad to France, Germany and Spain.   

Key Stage 3

In Year 7 all students study one language for two one-hour periods per week; around one half of the year group will be assigned French and the other half with be assigned either German or Spanish.

In Year 8 and Year 9 students continue to study languages for two lessons per week, and they will continue with the language assigned in Year 7. Depending on staffing, we often offer a second language after school.

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

Key Stage 4

GCSE French, German and Spanish are offered at KS4, and students are expected to choose from the languages they have studied during KS3. 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 three one-hour MFL periods per week in one KS4 year, and two one-hour periods in the other.

The KS4 course includes topics such as “Relationships with family and friends”, “Social media”, “Music, cinema and TV”, “Festivals in the target language-speaking world”, “Charity”, “Environment”, and “University or work”. The GCSE assessments at the end of Y11 cover speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills and are equally weighted at 25%.

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 

Provision for Post-16

At KS5 we offer A-Level French and German and 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

Example Topics covered (Vary by Language)

Greetings, how you feel, alphabet, birthdays, numbers

 

Family, physical descriptions, characteristics

 

Descriptions of family, pets, likes and dislikes, food, school

 

What you eat and when, what you would like to eat, clothes, colours

 

Expressing opinions, ordering in a café

 

Sports and hobbies, instruments, arranging to go out, describing your house

Year

Half term

Example Topics covered (Vary by Language)

Free time, daily routine

 

School, time, describing teachers, school uniform

 

Future jobs, home town area, rooms of the house.

 

What there is in town, arranging to meet up, weather, holidays

 

Visiting towns, significant monuments, places in town

 

Holiday opinions, future holidays

 

Year

Half term

Example Topics covered (Vary by Language)

TV and film

 

Food and drink, household chores,

 

Sports and extreme sports, what you can do in your area, directions

 

Family relationships, school, subjects, types of school

 

Ideal partners, future relationships, music, cinema, TV

 

Celebrations in the target-language countries

Year

Half term

Example Topics covered (Vary by Language)

10 

Me, my Family & Friends 

 

Home Town, Neighbourhood & Region 

 

My Studies, Life at School or College, Education Post-16, Jobs, Career Choices and Ambitions 

 

Technology in Everyday Life

 

Social Issues

 

Free Time Activities

Year

Half term

Example Topics covered (Vary by Language)

11 

Customs and Festivals

 

Global Issues, Environment

 

Charity Work

 

Poverty and Homelessness

 

Healthy and Unhealthy Living

 

 

  

Year

Half term

Example Topics covered (Vary by Language)

12

Family relationships, the cyber society, the role of volunteer work, France/Germany and its heritage, music and television

  

Cinema, film study, fashion, festivals and traditions

  

Film study, music, mock exams 

  

Voluntary work to society, digital technology

  

Art and architecture

  

Novel study, Individual Research Project