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Modern Foreign Languages


We hope that time spent in MFL classes will lead students to become interested and interesting young people who are ready to successfully interact with the modern world. Our vision is to enable our students to become confident and resilient communicators who will:

  • become curious to know about how languages work and make sense of them through listening and reading
  • develop skills in decoding language and reproducing it in speaking and writing
  • embrace the values of tolerance and acceptance of other languages and cultures.

Modern Foreign Languages is a highly valued and popular part of the curriculum at The Elmgreen School.

In year 7 students will study either French or Spanish and continue with that language, developing key skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing to a high standard of fluency. Acquiring this level of fluency will encourage our students to take this language for GCSE which is one of the subjects that makes up the Ebacc qualification.At Key Stage 3 students undertake an in depth study of French or Spanish. Besides exploring the many French and Spanish speaking cultures around the world, students tackle detailed grammar issues and rapidly acquire a wide range of vocabulary. The programme of study for French and Spanish equips students with key language learning skills, enabling them to learn new languages at Key Stage 4 and beyond with confidence and ease.

Over 65% of our Key Stage Four cohort have elected to study a language at Key Stage Four, for which we have developed an engaging programme of study which will include visits and journeys to the target language countries and the opportunity to conduct link with other schools abroad.

There will be opportunities for enrichment or extra language sessions at lunchtimes or after school with class teachers or our sixth form volunteer language assistants.


GCSE Languages 2017 – French or Spanish

Studying a foreign language at GCSE offers young people the opportunity to develop key skills including communication, memorisation, deduction, prediction and analysis, as well as the opportunity to explore new cultures. All students will be encouraged to participate in a residential in the country where their chosen language is spoken to practise their language skills and familiarise themselves with the culture. Foreign language learning has a significant impact on students’ literacy skills and broadens their career opportunities.

Students are assessed four areas: listening, reading, speaking and writing.


Examinations taken in April/May 2017

Speaking exam 25% will consist of 12 minutes preparation time and compose 3 parts

  1. Role play
  2. Discussion of photo card
  3. General conversation on 2 themes

Listening exam 25% which will last 35 minutes (F) or 45 minutes (H) with questions in English and the Target Language. Students will have 5 minutes to study the paper before the recording is played. Some of the instructions for tasks will be in the Target Language. There are 2 sections to this paper.

Reading exam 25% which will last 45 minutes (F) or 60 minutes (H). Some questions and instruction will in the Target Language whilst others will be in English. There are 3 sections to this paper including a translation to English.

Writing exam 25% which will last 70 minutes (F) or 80 minutes (H). There are 4 parts to this paper (F) or 3 parts (H) student will be required to make descriptions, write in formal and informal style and translate a short paragraph into the Target Language.

Identity and Culture
Local area, holiday and travel
Future aspirations, study and work
International and global dimension.


What do students need to know, or be able to do, before taking this course?

Good news! If you’ve studied French or Spanish at Key Stage 3, you’re well prepared to do the GCSE course. You already know a lot of the vocabulary and grammar you’ll need for GCSE. Describe yourself, your family and friends, your hobbies, where you live, school, holidays, food and drink are just a few of the many topics already covered. You’ll build on these topics during your GCSE course, as well as moving on to new ones. So you’re already part way there!


Key Stage 5

Students who have achieved a level 6 or more at GCSE in either French or Spanish will be eligible to opt for MFL at A level. In addition to acquiring higher level grammar for speaking and writing to a more complex level, students will also cover a wide range of cultural, social, political and historical themes relating to France or Spain. They will have the opportunity to study film and literature as well as completing an extensive Independent Research Project that they will speak about in an oral exam. There are 3 papers in total:

Paper 1 – Listening, reading and responding

Paper 2 – Written response to works of literature, film and translation

Paper 3 – Discussion on themes and Independent Research Project.

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