MFL

Modern Foreign Languages

Rationale and aims

Languages are part of the cultural richness of our society and the world in which we live and work. It has never been so important to learn a language due to the increase in international contacts within our economy meaning that the need for language skills permeates all levels. Learning languages contributes to mutual understanding, a sense of global citizenship and personal fulfillment. Here at Torpoint Community College, students learn to appreciate different countries, cultures, communities and people. Teaching is creative, interactive, engaging and inclusive with a variety of teaching approaches used to address the different needs and learning styles of students. 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.

Languages on offer at Torpoint Community College for the academic year 2017/2018 are Spanish in years 7, 9 and 11 and French in years 8 and 10. For the academic year 2018/2019, students in years 7, 9 and 11 will study French and students in years 8 and 10 will study Spanish. Students follow the language which they learn from year 7 throughout KS3 and then opt to study the language at GCSE.

Focus of Year 7:

In year 7 we focus upon language acquisition and improving knowledge of grammar. We study a range of topics including, personal identification, family and friends, life at home and at school and free time. We aim to develop and embed an interest in language learning and confidence to communicate in the target language. Students are also offered an insight into aspects of life in countries where the target language is spoken.

Focus of Year 8:

In year 8 we study more complex grammar in detail and enable students to apply this knowledge over a range of topics that includes; daily routines; expressing opinions on aspects of life such as food and drink and the media, to plan and describe a visit to a country where the target language is spoken.

Focus of Year 9:

In year 9 we focus upon aspects of life that are important to young people, such as opinions on television, cinema and celebrities and the Rights of young people around the world. Students learn how to give specific details about their own future plans with regard to study and work. They assess the importance of languages in the world of work. Students are taught how to discuss events in the past, present and in the future. The course content for year 9 prepares the students for the requirements of language learning at GCSE.

Focus of Years 10 & 11

Examination board Course title Course code
AQA GCSE French 8658
AQA GCSE Spanish 8698

 

In Years 10 and 11, students opt to continue a study of either French or Spanish (dependent on what they studied during KS3). This two year GCSE course is designed to enable the learner to develop skills to communicate fluently and with confidence with a native speaker of the target language. The focus is upon enhanced language acquisition and development of grammar over a wide range of topics, so that students are able to understand and offer more complex and detailed information across the four language skills. Students will sit all their exams at the end of the course.

GCSE Examinations (French and Spanish)

Exams take place at the end of the 2 year course.

Paper What’s assessed? How it’s assessed?
Paper 1

Listening

Understanding and responding to different types of spoken language Written exam:

•        35 minutes , 40 marks (Foundation Tier)

•        45 minutes , 50 marks (Higher Tier)

•        25% of GCSE

Paper 2

Speaking

Communicating and interacting effectively in speech for a variety of purposes • Non-exam assessment

•        7–9 minutes, 60 marks (Foundation Tier)

•        10–12 minutes, 60 marks (Higher Tier)

•        25% of GCSE

Paper 3

Reading

Understanding and responding to different types of written language Written exam:

•        45 minutes, 60 marks (Foundation Tier),

•        1 hour , 60 marks (Higher Tier),

•        25% of GCSE

Paper 4

Writing

Communicating effectively in writing for a variety of purposes Written exam:

•        1 hour, 50 marks (Foundation Tier)

•        1 hour 15 minutes, 60 marks (Higher Tier)

•        25% of GCSE

Focus of Years 12 & 13

Examination board Course title Course code
AQA A Level French 7652
AQA A Level Spanish 7692

At A-Level, our students develop further their ability to communicate with a native speaker. Our students develop their linguistic skills alongside their understanding of the culture and countries where French/Spanish is spoken.

In A-Level French, students study technological and social change, looking at diversity and the benefits it brings. They study highlights of French-speaking artistic culture, including francophone music and cinema, and learn about political engagement and who wields political power in the French-speaking world. Students also explore the influence of the past on present-day French-speaking communities. Throughout their studies, they learn the language in the context of French-speaking countries and the issues and influences which have shaped them.

In A-Level Spanish, students study technological and social change, looking at the multicultural nature of Hispanic society. They study highlights of Hispanic artistic culture, including a focus on Spanish regional identity and the cultural heritage of past civilisations. They learn about aspects of the diverse political landscape of the Hispanic world. Students explore the influence of the past on present-day Hispanic communities. Throughout their studies, they learn the language in the context of Hispanic countries and issues and influences which have shaped them.

In both A-Level French and Spanish, students study texts and film and have the opportunity to carry out independent research on an area of their choice.

A-Level Examinations:

Exams take place at the end of the 2 year course.

Paper What’s assessed? How it’s assessed?
Paper 1 Listening, reading and writing

•        Aspects of French-speaking society: current trends

•        Aspects of French-speaking society: current issues

•        Artistic culture in the French-speaking world

•        Aspects of political life in the French-speaking world

•        Grammar

•        Written exam: 2 hours 30 minutes

•        100 marks

•        50% of A-level

Paper 2 Writing:

•        One text and one film or two texts from the list set in the specification

•        Grammar

•        Written exam: 2 hours 30 minutes

•        100 marks

•        50% of A-level

Paper 3 Speaking:

•        Individual research project

•        One of four themes

•        Oral exam: 21–23 minutes (including 5 minutes preparation time)

•        60 marks in total

•        30% of A-level

Useful GCSE websites and revision tools:

http://www.languagesonline.org.uk/Hotpotatoes/Index.htm

https://www.vocabulary.com/

https://revisionworld.com/gcse-revision/

https://www.memrise.com/

http://www.s-cool.co.uk/gcse/ 

http://www.revisioncentre.co.uk/gcse/ 

https://studywise.co.uk/gcse-revision/

http://www.gojimo.com/gcse