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The MFL department is committed to offering all students a wide variety of opportunities to explore and understand a wide range of cultural and social issues through the study of French and Spanish.

KS3 French & Spanish

The MFL department is committed to offering all students a wide variety of opportunities to explore and understand a wide range of cultural and social issues through the study of French and Spanish. The department endeavours to make learning languages fun and meaningful, providing pupils with many opportunities for collaboration and independent work in the classroom. Throughout Key Stage 3 our focus is on developing students’ skills in the four key areas of listening, speaking, reading and writing along with providing a solid grounding in the structures and patterns of the language through a range of contexts. We encourage pupils to use the target language as much as possible and they are exposed to authentic language each time they are in the MFL classroom. In addition, this learning is extended outside the school as we provide online resources accessible from home. Their progress is monitored through regular formative and summative assessments.  In Year 7 students start with either French or Spanish and continue with this language in Year 8 and 9.  European Day of Languages is annually celebrated widely across the whole school, but especially at KS3, where all students experience the many different languages spoken by our diverse cohort of students and staff.  We aim to provide a positive and supportive learning environment that allows pupils to grow in confidence and to achieve their best.

A selection of the topics students study at Key Stage 3 is listed below. This wide selection is enriched with material containing elements of cultural and literary reference to not only the target language country, but the wider Francophone and Hispanic world. 

 

SPANISH

Year 7 Year 8 Year 9

Myself

My School

My family

My home and local area

Going out

Free time and daily routine

Out and about

Fashion and shopping

Planning a holiday

Food and eating out

Technology

My School

Healthy Living

The world of work

FRENCH

Year 7 Year 8 Year 9

Myself

My School

My hobbies

My home and local area

Planning a Summer holiday

New technologies

Out and about in Paris

My personal identity

Activities to do in my city

Personal skills and talents

Healthy Living

The world of work

Holidays

Environment

 


Year 7 Outcomes

  • Express opinions and develop ideas clearly and with increasing accuracy, both orally and in writing.
  • Give reasons for their opinions.
  • Understand and use the present tense
  • Extend their work using connectives and time expressions
  • Transcribe words and short sentences that they hear with increasing accuracy and understanding key information and respond accurately.
  • Speak coherently and confidently, with increasingly accurate pronunciation and intonation.

 

Year 8 Outcomes

  • Understand and use the present, past and near future tenses.
  • Start to develop a conversation or piece of writing using higher level language.
  • Extend their work by using clauses, complex structures and justify opinions.
  • Interact in transactional real life situation.
  • Listen to a variety of forms of spoken language to obtain information and respond appropriately.
  • Read and show comprehension of adapted materials from a range of different sources, understanding the purpose, important ideas and details, and provide an accurate English translation of short, suitable material
  • Use and manipulate a variety of key grammatical structures and patterns as appropriate.
  • Develop and use a wide-ranging and deepening vocabulary that goes beyond their immediate needs and interests, allowing them to give and justify opinions and take part in discussion about wider issues speak coherently and confidently, with increasingly accurate pronunciation and intonation.

 

Year 9 Outcomes

  • Understand and use the present, past, near future and simple future tense.
  • Be able to recognize more complex tenses such as imperfect and past perfect tenses.
  • Start to develop a conversation or piece of writing using higher level language and being creative. Students will be able to adapt their language to more abstract situations.
  • Extend their work by using clauses, complex structures and discursive markers in order to develop a well-structured piece.
  • Read abridged (adapted) literary texts in the language [such as stories, songs, poems and letters] to stimulate ideas, develop creative expression and expand understanding of the language and culture.
  • Interact in transactional real life situation coping with unfamiliar language and unexpected responses, making use of important social conventions such as formal modes of address.
  • Read and show comprehension of original materials from a range of different sources, understanding the purpose, important ideas and details, and provide an accurate English translation of longer suitable material.

 

The Curriculum Deputy Headteacher, Ms C Egleton, will be happy to supply further detail and more information if required.

Please contact her at ecsgeneral@enfieldcs.enfield.sch.uk or telephone 020 8363 3030.

KS4 French & Spanish GCSE

Click here for the AQA French webpage and here for the 8658 SPECIFICATION.

Click here for the AQA Spanish webpage and here for the 8698 SPECIFICATION.

 

French and/or Spanish

This GCSE is linear meaning all the exams are sat at the end of the course in Year 11. There are two tiers, Foundation (grades 1–5) and a Higher (grades 4–9). Students must take all four question papers at the same tier.

 

Core content:

Students study all of the following themes on which the assessments are based.

 

Theme 1: Identity and culture

Topic 1: Me, my family and friends

•• Relationships with family and friends

•• Marriage/partnership

Topic 2: Technology in everyday life

•• Social media

•• Mobile technology

Topic 3: Free-time activities

•• Music

•• Cinema and TV

•• Food and eating out

•• Sport

Topic 4: Customs and festivals in French/Spanish - speaking countries/communities

              

Theme 2: Local, national, international and global areas of interest             

Topic 1: Home, town, neighbourhood and region

Topic 2: Social issues

•• Charity/voluntary work

•• Healthy/unhealthy living

Topic 3: Global issues

•• The environment

•• Poverty/homelessness

Topic 4: Travel and tourism

 

Theme 3: Current and future study and employment

Topic 1: My studies

Topic 2: Life at school/college

Topic 3: Education post-16

Topic 4: Jobs, career choices and ambitions

 

Assessment

Paper 1: Listening

What's assessed

Understanding and responding to different types of spoken language

How it's assessed

·       Written exam: 35 minutes (Foundation Tier), 45 minutes (Higher Tier)

·       40 marks (Foundation Tier), 50 marks (Higher Tier)

·       25% of GCSE

(Each exam includes 5 minutes’ reading time of the question paper before the listening stimulus is played.)

Paper 2: Speaking

What's assessed

Communicating and interacting effectively in speech for a variety of purposes

How it's assessed

·       One speaking exam (recorded and sent to AQA to be marked)

·       7–9 minutes (Foundation Tier) + preparation time

·       10–12 minutes (Higher Tier) + preparation time

·       60 marks (for each of Foundation Tier and Higher Tier)

·       25% of GCSE

Paper 3: Reading

What's assessed

Understanding and responding to different types of written language

How it's assessed

·       Written exam: 45 minutes (Foundation Tier), 1 hour (Higher Tier)

·       60 marks (for each of Foundation Tier and Higher Tier)

·       25% of GCSE

Paper 4: Writing

What's assessed

Communicating effectively in writing for a variety of purposes

How it's assessed

·       Written exam: 1 hour (Foundation Tier), 1 hour 15 minutes (Higher Tier)

·       50 marks at Foundation Tier and 60 marks at Higher Tier

·       25% of GCSE

 


The Curriculum Deputy Headteacher, Ms C Egleton, will be happy to supply further detail and more information if required.

Please contact her at ecsgeneral@enfieldcs.enfield.sch.uk or telephone 020 8363 3030.

KS5 French A Level

(Click here for the AQA French 7652 Specification)

A-level French helps students develop confident, effective communication skills in French and a thorough understanding of the culture of countries and communities where French is spoken. It develops an interest in, and enthusiasm for, language learning and encourages students to consider their study of the language in a broader context. 

This four-unit specification requires students to develop their ability to write and speak in French with accurate grammar and syntax for a range of purposes and to understand written or spoken French in a variety of contexts and genres.

Students benefit from working with the Foreign Language Assistant who leads two sessions in order to develop their proficiency in speaking.

Y12:  French

Y13:  French

MEDIA

ENVIRONMENT

  • Television
  • Advertising
  • Communication Technology
  • Pollution
  • Energy
  • Protecting the planet

POPULAR CULTURE

THE MULTICULTURAL SOCIETY

  • Cinema
  • Music
  • Fashion/trends
  • Immigration
  • Integration
  • Racism

HEALTH LIVING/LIFESTYLE

CONTEMPORARY SOCIAL ISSUES

  • Sport/exercise
  • Health and well-being
  • Holidays
  • Wealth and poverty
  • Law and order
  • Impact of scientific and technological process

FAMILY RELATIONSHIPS                                

TWO CULTURAL TOPICS

  • Relationships within the family
  • Friendships
  • Marriage/partnerships
  • An author from a target language-speaking country/community
  • A director from a target language-speaking country/community

Literary texts and films: Either one text and one film or two texts from the lists in the AQA specification.

Individual research project: The student identifies and researches an area of interest to them which relates to a country or countries where French is spoken.

Assessment:  

Paper 1:    Listening, reading and writing (40% of the A-level)

Paper 2:    Writing (30% of the A-level)

Paper 3:    Speaking test (30% of the A-level)   

Further Opportunities Following this Course

As well as leading to the obvious degree courses in languages and jobs using languages, an A Level qualification can be extremely useful in any career as knowledge of languages is a sought-after skill in all walks of life.

Securing a Place at Post-16

We require a GCSE French grade 7 or above. 


The Curriculum Deputy Headteacher, Ms C Egleton, and the Acting Deputy Headteacher, Ms Foster, will be happy to supply further detail and more information if required.

Please contact her at ecsgeneral@enfieldcs.enfield.sch.uk or telephone 0208 3633030.

KS5 Spanish A Level

(Click here for the AQA Spanish A Level 7692 Specification)

This course will appeal to students who have enjoyed Spanish and achieved a high standard at GCSE level, and who wish to develop their linguistic skills alongside their understanding of the culture and society of countries where Spanish is spoken. 

Year 1: Subject Content

Aspects of Hispanic society: Modern & traditional values; cyberspace; equal rights

Artistic culture in the Hispanic world: Modern day idols; Spanish regional identity; cultural heritage

Literary texts and films: Either one text or one film from the lists in the AQA specification.

Grammar

Year 2: Subject Content

Aspects of Hispanic society: Modern & traditional values; cyberspace; equal rights

Multiculturalism in Hispanic society: Immigration; Racism; Integration

Artistic culture in the Hispanic world: Modern day idols; Spanish regional identity; cultural heritage

Aspects of political life in the Hispanic world: Today’s youth, tomorrow’s citizens; Monarchies, republics and dictatorships; Popular movements

Literary texts and films: Either one text and one film or two texts from the lists in the AQA specification

Individual research project: The student identifies and researches an area of interest to them which relates to a country or countries where Spanish is spoken.  

Grammar

Assessement

Paper 1: Listening, reading and writing (40% of the A-level)

Paper 2: Writing (30% of the A-level)

Paper 3: Speaking test (30% of the A-level)

Further Opportunities Following this Course

As well as leading to the obvious degree courses in languages and jobs using languages, an A Level qualification can be extremely useful in any career as knowledge of languages is a sought- after skill in all walks of life.

Securing a Place at Post 16

We require a GCSE Spanish Grade 7 or above. 


The Curriculum Deputy Headteacher, Ms C Egleton, will be happy to supply further detail and more information if required.

Please contact her at ecsgeneral@enfieldcs.enfield.sch.uk or telephone 0208 3633030.

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