- Head of Faculty and Key Stage 4 Co-ordinator – Mrs L. Armes (German, French and Spanish)
- Second in Faculty and Key Stage 3 Co-ordinator – Miss R. Selvanayagam (French and German)
- Teacher of MFL – Miss R Cairns
- Teacher of MFL – Miss H Burdis
Faculty Mission Statement/ Aims:
- To open up a world of opportunity by breaking down communication barriers
- To improve students’ literacy skills and understanding of how language works including English
In Key Stage 4 year groups have been split in 2 with half studying French and the other half studying German. Red Pathway students all study a language to GCSE. In Key Stage 3 all students currently study German and the Red Pathway will continue with this to GCSE in Key Stage 4.
Students use all 4 language learning skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing throughout their study of MFL. At all stages core language is the key and this is emphasised strongly throughout as it is repeated on such a regular basis. There are topics for each year group in which the core language and grammar, as well as some topic related vocabulary, are covered.
Year 7 cover basic vocabulary, school, family and personal appearance and hobbies and freetime.
Year 8 look at towns and holidays, food and media.
Year 9 study future plans and jobs, clothes and shopping and healthy living.
The main GCSE Themes in Key Stage 4 are lifestyle, leisure, home and environment and work and education.
All topics build on previous knowledge and the curriculum in Key Stage 3 is designed to prepare students for the study of a language at GCSE. Assessments take place each half-term with a mixture of listening, speaking, reading and writing assessments completed throughout the year. In Key Stage 4 speaking and writing take the form of controlled assessment and Key Stage 3 students complete mini-versions so the process is not so difficult when they come to study GCSE.
All homework reinforces learning from the classroom. A lot of homework in languages is learning based e.g. learning core language and grammar or topic vocabulary as producing language from memory is key to being a successful linguist, but it can also include research, grammar activities, reading exercises, written tasks and speaking practice.
Students are expected to attempt all tasks to the best of their ability and never be put off by the length of a text or the speed of a speech as staff choose resources based on students’ ability and prior knowledge. They should put their trust in their teacher to guide and support them when necessary but also to use peer support, classroom displays and learning mats as well as their dictionary skills to help them.
We expect students to try a variety of methods of learning information until they find the best one for them, not to stick to the same one endlessly even when it isn’t working.
NEVER use an online translator or a translation App they come up with a load of nonsense. Dictionaries are far more useful.
If you want to purchase a dictionary we recommend Collins Easy Learning Dictionaries for years 7-11 (http://www.harpercollins.co.uk/Titles/38814/collins-easy-learning-german-dictionary-fifth-edition-9780007261055).
If you want to purchase revision guides we recommend the CGP range (http://www.cgpbooks.co.uk/pages/home.asp).