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Curriculum Statement for Modern Foreign Languages

MODERN FOREIGN LANGUAGES (MFL)

Subject Leader – Miss J Roberts

jro@pewsey-vale.wilts.sch.uk

MFL
Students at Pewsey Vale School study both French and German from Year 7 through to Year 9. Students may then opt for one or both languages at GCSE.

Lessons are delivered with reference to a range of language textbooks. In French, the department uses Studio and Expo, and for German, we use Stimmt and Echo. Textbooks are supplemented by a variety of authentic resources, listening material and internet sites. Students have the opportunity to practise their language skills and reinforce classroom learning using the linguascope, duolingo, or memrise websites during timetabled lessons in ICT suites, as well as at home. Grammar, linguistics and intercultural understanding are brought in, in addition to conversation, to add depth to students’ learning.

Year 7
Year 7 students study French and German. Students receive three lessons of language study per week. In 2018-19 this comprises two lessons of German and one of French.

Autumn Term 

Topic 

Assessment 

Home Learning 

September –October 

French/German: Introducing myself / Numbers / Birthdays

Term 1 assessment in German

Practice reading, writing and listening skills 

November – December 

French/German:        Likes and Dislikes / In the classroom / Christmas traditions

Term 2 assessment in French

Practice reading, writing and listening skills

Spring Term

Topic 

Assessment 

Home Learning 

January –February 

French/German:     Family / Descriptions

 

Practice reading, writing and listening skills

March – April 

French/German:  Personality / Pets

 

Practice reading, writing and listening skills

Summer Term 

Topic 

Assessment 

Home Learning 

April-May 

French/German:     Where I live 

Term 5 assessment in German

Practice reading, writing and listening skills

June-July 

French/German:     Sports and Hobbies

Term 6 assessment in French

Practice reading, writing and listening skills

 

Year 8
Year 8 students continue to study French and German, spending a term on each, as part of a rotation. In 2018-19 Terms 1, 3 and 5 are spent on German, and Terms 2, 4 and 6 focus on French.

Autumn Term 

Topic 

Assessment 

Home Learning 

September –October 

German: Holidays / Weather / Past Tense

Term 1 assessment

Practice reading, writing and listening skills

November – December 

French: Time / Daily routine / School life

Term 2 assessment

Practice reading, writing and listening skills

Spring Term

Topic 

Assessment 

Home Learning 

January –February 

German: Media / Films / TV 

 

Practice reading, writing and listening skills

March – April 

French: In town / Going out / Meeting friends

 

Practice reading, writing and listening skills

Summer Term 

Topic 

Assessment 

Home Learning 

April-May 

German: Healthy lifestyle / Eating and exercise / Daily routine

Term 5 assessment

Practice reading, writing and listening skills

June-July 

French: Last weekend / TV / Cinema

Term 6 assessment

Practice reading, writing and listening skills

 

Year 9

Year 9 students continue with both French and German. In 2018-19 students will study French for two lessons per week, and German for one lesson per week. Options for GCSE take place in Spring of Year 9.

Autumn Term 

Topic 

Assessment 

Home Learning 

September –October 

French: Holidays / Last year’s holiday          German: Illness / Parts of the body / Role Models

 

Term 1 assessment in German

Practice reading, writing and listening skills

November – December 

French: Holiday plans / Dreams / Three tenses     German: World of music

Term 2 assessment in French

Practice reading, writing and listening skills

Spring Term

Topic 

Assessment 

Home Learning 

January –February 

French: Jobs / Future careers                 German: Jobs and ambitions

Assessment in both languages prior to Options

Practice reading, writing and listening skills

March – April 

French: Healthy lifestyle / Keeping fit        German: Childhood then and now 

 

Practice reading, writing and listening skills

Summer Term 

Topic 

Assessment 

Home Learning 

April-May 

French: Jobs / helping at home                   German: Rights and responsibilities

 

Practice reading, writing and listening skills

June-July 

French: Pocket money / Careers / Future plans German: The environment

 

Practice reading, writing and listening skills

Assessment
In Years 7 to 9 students work towards completing an assessment in each of the units studied as part of the scheme of learning. Assessment may be a terminal end of unit test or a shorter vocabulary or grammar test as stipulated by the teacher. Over the course of each year students will be tested on all four skills of language learning; Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing.

Assessment Matrices

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Equipment
In addition to the standard expectations of equipment for all students at Pewsey Vale School, students studying a modern foreign language would benefit from highlighter pens, a pocket dictionary and a glue stick.

Extra-Curricular Activities
There is the opportunity for pupils in Years 7 and 8 to take part in a residential visit to either France or Germany during which students really benefit from immersing themselves in French or German culture.

Suggested Extension Activities

  • Read! The department has a range of books and magazines which pupils may borrow. Read newspaper articles online, print them off and highlight familiar or unfamiliar words.
  • Listen and watch! Borrow a children’s film from the MFL department and watch it in French or German at home. Make a list of any words you recognise.
  • Print off some worksheets from language learning websites and complete them at home. Bring them to us for marking.
  • Make a poem or rhyme on the topic you are studying in class. Play hangman in French / German with a friend.
  • Ask your teacher about e-mail or pen-pal links.
  • Use as much of the Target Language as you can at home – practise on friends and family! By teaching someone else this reinforces your own learning so prepare a lesson…!
  • Create a mind map or wordle to help you remember vocabulary.

GCSE French / German

Examination Board: AQA
Specification: French / German

Specification link

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

https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/languages/gcse/german-8668/specification-at-a-glance

Overview
The GCSE course in each of French and German is divided into three Themes, outlined below, and each of these is divided into sub-topics. The terminal examinations in Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing will be drawn from the vocabulary and prescribed grammar relating to these topics.

Theme 1: IDENTITY and CULTURE
Sub-topics in this Theme are Me, My Family and Friends; Technology in Everyday Life; Free-time Activities; Customs and Festivals.

Theme 2: LOCAL, NATIONAL, INTERNATIONAL and GLOBAL AREAS of INTEREST

Sub-topics within this Theme are Home, Town, Neighbourhood and Region; Social Issues; Global Issues; Travel and Tourism.

Theme 3: CURRENT and FUTURE STUDY, and EMPLOYMENT

Sub-topics within this theme are My Studies; Life at School and College; Education Post-16.

 

Year 10

Autumn Term 

Topic 

Assessment 

Home Learning 

September - December 

French/German: Me, my family and friends / Technology in everyday life

Term 1 assessment   Term 2 assessment               

Practice reading, writing and listening skills

Spring Term

Topic 

Assessment 

Home Learning 

January - April 

French/German: Free-time activities / Customs and festivals in French and German speaking countries

Term 4 assessment

Practice reading, writing and listening skills

Summer Term 

Topic 

Assessment 

Home Learning 

April - July

French/German: My house and my home town / Social issues

Term 5 assessment   Term 6 speaking assessment

Practice reading, writing and listening skills

 

Year 11

Autumn Term 

Topic 

Assessment 

Home Learning 

September - December 

French/German: Global issues, Travel and tourism

Term 1 assessment

Practice reading, writing and listening skills

Spring Term

Topic 

Assessment 

Home Learning 

January - April 

French/German: Life at school and college / Education post 16 /

January: Whole school PPEs                             Late April/May: GCSE Speaking exam

Practice reading, writing and listening skills

Summer Term 

Topic 

Assessment 

Home Learning 

 April - July

French/German: Exam practice and preparation

June/July: GCSE Listening, Reading and Writing exams

Practice reading, writing and listening skills

 

MFL Resources

The department uses higher text books from the Studio and Expo series in French, and in German we continue to access Stimmt and Echo. Textbooks continue to be supplemented by a variety of authentic resources, listening material and internet sites. Students have the opportunity to practise their language skills and reinforce classroom learning using the linguascope, duolingo, memrise or vocabexpress websites during timetabled lessons in ICT suites, as well as at home. Grammar, linguistics and intercultural understanding still feature, in addition to conversation, to add depth to students’ learning.

Assessment
In Years 10 and 11 GCSE students will be assessed on completion of the important modules in each of the three Themes which make up the GCSE syllabus. There are also regular grammar and vocabulary tests in class. At the end of Year 10 students complete an oral exam and in January/February of Year 11 students take mock GCSE examinations which will again include an oral day.

All examinations are terminal and commence with a Speaking exam [25%] in April/May of Year 11 followed by written examinations in each of Listening [25%], Reading [25%] and Writing [25%] in the June/July examination period. Exams have a Foundation Tier (grades 1-5) and a Higher Tier (grades 4-9). Students must take all four question papers at the same tier in the same series.

Home Learning
Written tasks may be set but much of the homework will involve learning – vocabulary, grammar points, preparation for unseen written tasks – by way of practice for the GCSE examination.

Useful resources

Websites:

www.linguascope.com

www.memrise.com

www.duolingo.com

www.vocabexpress.com

 

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