Modern Foreign Languages

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.

Year 7

French

  • School and Work Life
  • Self and Family
  • Hobbies and Free-time Activities

Spanish

  • My family and myself
  • Free-time
  • Hometown
 
Year 8

French

  • Town
  • Free time Activities
  • TV, Film and Technology

Spanish

  • Holidays
  • Healthy Living
  • Fashion
 
Year 9

French

  • Holidays
  • Health
  • Where I live

Spanish

  • School
  • The world of work and tourism
  • Our planet
 

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.

Reading (25%)

Pupils will understand and respond to different types of written language.

For Section A of the written paper pupils will respond in English, for Section B they will respond in the target language and for Section C they will complete a translation from the target language into English.

Foundation Tier – 45 minutes

Higher Tier – 60 minutes

Writing (25%)

Pupils will communicate effectively in writing for a variety of purposes.

Pupils will complete a variety of topic-based writing tasks of varying lengths, as well as translate from English into the target language.  All tasks will test their knowledge of grammar, vocabulary and higher-level structures.

Foundation Tier – 60 minutes

Higher Tier – 75 minutes

Listening (25%)

Pupils will understand and respond to different types of spoken language.

For Section A of the written paper pupils will respond in English and for Section B they will respond in the target language.

Foundation Tier – 35 minutes

Higher Tier – 45 minutes

Speaking (25%)

Pupils will communicate and interact effectively in speech for a variety of purposes.

Pupils will take part in a role-play, describe a photo card and take part in general conversation on a number of topics.

Foundation Tier – 7-9minutes

Higher Tier – 10-12 minutes

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