Our Modern Foreign Languages Team

An Introduction to Modern Foreign Languages

At Ribblesdale all MFL lessons are taught by specialist teachers and pupils in Year 7 and 8 study both French and Spanish.  At the end of Year 8 pupils choose one language to study in more detail in Year 9, with many opting to continue with their chosen language for GCSE.  Moreover, pupils may study two languages at GCSE.  The department encourages cultural awareness with the promotion of educational visits and trips to Lille, Paris and Barcelona have been organised.  Moreover, the department enjoys making use of eLearning to improve progress, this year pupils have taken part in Mystery Skype Lessons as well as writing emails to their new French pen pals.

Key Stage 4 - AQA GCSE

A GCSE in French/Spanish helps pupils develop their language skills in a variety of contexts and gain a broad understanding of the countries and communities where French/Spanish is spoken.  A GCSE in French/Spanish not only gives pupils specific language skills, but also helps improve communication and presentation skills in English.

This four-unit specification requires pupils to develop their skills in speaking, listening, reading and writing.  Revision sessions run on a weekly basis for both year groups and help pupils to harness these skills.  Pupils are entered for either Foundation or Higher Tier and take all four question papers in the same tier.  For both Year 10 and 11 this qualification counts towards the English Baccalaureate.