Modern Languages

Curriculum Information for Key Stage 3 students

 

Welcome to the MFL department

Aim:

The course is designed to enable students to communicate in real life situations in which they might realistically find themselves whilst in France, Spain, Latin America or when speaking with people from any French or Spanish speaking countries. Students will also develop skills in working with others collaboratively, problem solving, memory techniques, creativity and communicating effectively as well as developing their understanding of other cultures.

Overview:      

In Year 7 all students have five hours of MFL lessons per fortnight. Pupils will be allocated a language (French or Spanish) before starting at Thamesmead, parents will be given the opportunity to express a preference before September and we will always try to take this preference into consideration when allocating a language. All pupils will study their allocated language throughout years 7-9 and will then have the opportunity to continue to GCSE level. Throughout these three years, students will be encouraged to explore their language through a wide variety of topics which will help them to develop the four key linguistic skills; listening, reading, writing and speaking.

 

What topics will I study in KS3 (years 7, 8 & 9):

  Autumn 1 Autumn 2 Spring 1 Spring 2 Summer 1 Summer 2
Year 7 Topics:

Self and friendships, classroom language

 

Assessment:

Reading and translation

 

Topics:

My family. Description and personality

 

Assessment:

Writing and translation

Topics:

Where I live, describing house and area

Assessment:

Speaking

Topics:

My hobbies and interests

 

 

Assessment:

Listening

Topics:

School and school life

 

 

 

Assessment:

Revision for end of year exams

Topics:

Town and area

 

 

 

Assessment:

Listening, reading & writing

Year 8 Topics:

Family, friends and invitations

 

 

Assessment:

Listening & reading

 

 

Topics:

Celebrations and arranging a party

 

Assessment:

Speaking

Topics:

Health and healthy living

 

 

Assessment:

Writing and translation

Topics:

Clothes and events

 

 

 

Assessment:

Reading and translation

Topics:

Comparing areas, countries, cultural knowledge

Assessment:

Revision for end for year exams

Topics:

Money and jobs

 

 

 

Assessment:

Listening, reading & writing

Year 9 Topics:

Media – TV, films, reading and music

 

Assessment:

Reading and translation

Topics:

School and future plans

 

 

 

Assessment:

Writing and translation

Topics:

Holidays

 

 

 

 

Assessment:

Speaking

Topics:

When I was younger – comparing then and now

Assessment:

Listening

Topics:

French/Spanish speaking world – culture, regions and habits

Assessment:

Revision for end of year exams

Topics:

A tourist abroad – scenarios

 

 

Assessment:

Listening, reading & writing

 

Can I study this at KS4?   

Yes, it is usual to continue with the same language (Spanish or French) that you have studied in year 9.

Are there any enrichment opportunities in school?

We have run trips to Barcelona and Paris to allow students the opportunity to really practise their language skills. There are weekly revision sessions for Year 11 students to support them in reaching their target grade.

What could I do at home to help myself or where could I visit to help my learning?

Achieving a grade 4/5 or above in GCSE French or Spanish will enable you to continue your studies of at AS and A2 levels. For those hoping for a career in travel and tourism, the media, journalism, MI5, sales and marketing, customer support, education or translating and interpreting, the knowledge of a foreign language would be a distinct advantage. Some universities and colleges may require an MFL as a condition of entry.

 

Useful websites:

www.languagesonline.org.uk

www.memrise.com

www.memorizenow.com

www.acapela-group.com

www.verbix.com

www.cueprompter.com