Modern Foreign Language
Teachers: Ms Lousia Burningham and Mr Alejandro Gomez
“Languages are part of the cultural richness of our society and the world in which we live and work. Learning languages contributes to mutual understanding, a sense of global citizenship and personal fulfilment. The ability to understand and communicate in another language is a lifelong skill for education, employment and leisure in this country and throughout the world.”
From The National Curriculum in England, Department for Education - July 2013 p. 212 – 216
GCSE Exam Specification:
AQA GCSE French & AQA GCSE Spanish
Key Stage 3
Students entering Broadwater School in Year 7 study French and Spanish and continue with these two languages in Year 8. At the end of Year 8, foreign language study becomes optional but we strongly encourage our students wherever possible to continue with French and/or Spanish into Years 9, 10 and 11 to gain a GCSE in their chosen language(s).
We design and consistently update our Schemes of Work in accordance with the MFL Programme of Study that can be accessed via the DfE website.
Our Key Stage 3 Schemes of Work aim at:
- developing students’ independence and creativity
- encouraging them to become confident speakers
- developing their cultural awareness
- ensuring progress through fun and engaging lessons
- catering activities to meet all students’ needs
Many students will participate in enriching study visits including foreign exchanges to France and Spain to assist them with their studies.
Homework is crucial in a language learning process and we expect students to learn their vocabulary regularly at home. Students can also have worksheets to complete and paragraphs to write in order to reinforce their understanding of grammar, to consolidate their knowledge of vocabulary and to practise the spelling of the words. They should not need any other resources other than their book and occasionally a dictionary to complete the homework we set and this should not take longer than 30 minutes as advised in the Broadwater school homework policy. Use of translating devices is strongly discouraged.
Key Stage 4
Our students sit AQA board examinations.
All exams will be based on knowledge of the following themes:
THEME 1: Identity and culture
Theme 1: Identity and culture covers the following four topics with related sub-topics shown as bullet points:
Topic 1: Me, my family and friends
• Relationships with family and friends
Topic 2: Technology in everyday life
• Social media
• Mobile technology
Topic 3: Free-time activities
• Cinema and TV
• Food and eating out
Topic 4: Customs and festivals in French-speaking countries/communities
THEME 2: Local, national, international and global areas of interest
Theme 2: Local, national, international and global areas of interest covers the following four topics with related sub-topics shown as bullet points:
Topic 1: Home, town, neighbourhood and region
Topic 2: Social issues
• Charity/voluntary work
• Healthy/unhealthy living
Topic 3: Global issues
• The environment
Topic 4: Travel and tourism
THEME 3: Current and future study and employment
Theme 3: Current and future study and employment covers the following four topics:
Topic 1: My studies
Topic 2: Life at school/college
Topic 3: Education post-16
Please see details of new GCSE Exams to be taken in 2018 here
Please see description and mark scheme of GCSE papers here
- Impact of French revolution on European countries
- Discussion on current affairs, e.g.: Charlie Hebdo
The rule of law
- Why learn another language?
- Learning about greetings and intercultural in other countries
- Pen friends correspondence with students in France
- Spanish students’ exchange
- European day of languages
- Aiming to breakdown stereotypes and looking at the similarities as well as the differences between countries and cultures
Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs
- Celebrations and festivals in other countries
- Differences of French/Spanish and British education system
- Music, films and books in other countries vs British ones
- Social issues, e.g.: religious signs in school in France
- Encouraging students' involvement in debates and discussions on healthy lifestyles, environmental issues, marriage/divorce, single parent families, and all the above.
KS4 Revision Resources
Modern Foreign Languages:
www.linguastars.com - lots of role plays, games, activities with sound covering all GCSE topics. Ask your teacher for login details.
www.languagesonline.org.uk - good for grammar practice but also has lots of games. Go to français – grammar
www.zut.org.uk - listening and reading activities with games.
www.atantot.com - vocabulary games and role plays. Ask your teacher for login details.
www.suttonhighmfl.mysite.wanadoo-members.co.uk/index.html - lots of activities and links to other sites
www.bbc.co.uk/languages - very good for module 2 and 4 practice, especially ‘French Steps’
www.ashcombe.surrey.sch.uk/Curriculum/modlang/index_students.htm - video clips with reading comprehension questions
www.edf.com - French electricity company site with interactive activities. Try ‘le défi’ where you have to identify problems around the home
www.alienlanguage.co.uk/alienlanguage/index.htm - for learning parts of the body (very silly)
www.lexiquefle.free.fr/ - lots of practice in the basics
www.videorigolo.com/ - French TV adverts
www.didierbravo.com/ - language games, eg photographer in restaurant
www.habbohotel.fr/habbo/fr/ - virtual hotel where you control the people!
www.m6.fr/html/m6_infos/le-six/lesix.php?ville=National - watch the news and find out the latest from France
www.ffcook.com/ - food and drink website
www.france.learningtogether.net/ - learn about the country of France
www.canalj.net/chaine/emissions/lollytop/ - kids’ TV channel in France – has short video clips and cartoons
www.perso.wanadoo.fr/kwik-e-simpsons/famille.htm - Simpsons in French, with audio and video clips (hear Homer saying ‘D’oh’ in French!)
www.platea.pntic.mec.es/%7Ecvera/hotpot/chansons/index.htm - lots more French songs!
www.frenchaudition.com/vocabulary/ - pronunciation of difficult words made easy
http://lepointdufle.net/chansons.htm French songs with listening practice
http://www.linternaute.com songs, videos, films – an internet magazine
http://videos.tf1.fr/video music videos and film clips
http://www.leplaisirdapprendre.com online activities
http://www.oddcast.com/home/demos/tts/tts_example.php hear the correct pronunciation of words to help you enhance your own pronunciation.