The MFL department has its own
teaching area. All classrooms have interactive whiteboards. Two ICT rooms are
available for use. A variety of resources are used within the class to teach
languages in a lively way, using a communicative approach.
Class sizes vary from 10 to 21, depending on the group. In Years 7 to 11 there are 4 lessons a week for Frenchand Spanish (where it is the cumpulsory language). Spanish has 3 lessons a week in Year 9 and 4 in Years 10 and 11 as an option subject.
Topics taught in Years 7 – 9 include family, school, hobbies, pocket money, town and country, environment, festivals.
Topics covered at GCSE
- Home and Environment
- Work and Education
The examination is made up of the following components:
Unit 1 Listening 20%
Unit 2 Reading 20%
(Both of these are tiered with entry at either Foundation or Higher)
Unit 3 Speaking 30% - controlled assessment, internally assessed, two tasks submitted for moderation
Unit 4 writing 30% - controlled assessment, externally assessed, two tasks submitted for marking
Years 9 - Upper 6 are able to take part in either an optional Spanish exchange to Avilés in Northern Spain or a French exchange to La Seyne sur Mer in the South of France. These visits run in alternate years.
The Junior Language Club runs once a week organised by Sixth Form linguists, for Year 7. If pupils are interested, in Years 8 and above, they can complete an introductory course in another language, using the BBC Languages website, as part of our Online Languages club.
Pupils in Year 11 and above are encouraged to watch films in French or Spanish and to use appropriate websites.