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MFL

Department Staff

Mr D Lindsay Head of Department
Mrs E Lindsay Assistant Head of Department
Mrs L Barton  
Mr R Bickley  
Mr J Donnelly  


Introduction

The MFL Department endeavours to ensure that all students regardless of ability have a positive learning experience. Lessons are interactive and incorporate the four skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing.

We have enjoyed trips France and Spain to enhance students’ learning experience. New and exciting opportunities to exchange emails and work with students in France and Spain are planned for the future.

Why learn languages?

In a world that is increasingly getting smaller the need to speak another language and understand other cultures is becoming more important.

One in five companies is losing business because they need to communicate better in another language.

  • 90% of the world’s population live in a country where English is not the native tongue.
  • Internet users are 3 times more likely to buy when addressed in their mother tongue.
  • 60% of British trade is with no-English speaking countries.
  • Learning a language is fun and rewarding but perhaps more importantly it develops a whole host of life skills; using our memory, literacy, numeracy, cultural understanding, interacting with others and expressing oneself with confidence.

What can a student expect when learning Modern Foreign Languages at The Streetly Academy?

  • Interesting, fun, fast-paced, interactive lessons 
  • Friendly, enthusiastic and helpful staff
  • The chance to improve many essential life skills
  • Opportunities to participate in trips to France and Spain
  • The opportunity to learn key language to use when travelling abroad

Key Stage 3

Students have 4 hours of either French or Spanish per fortnight. In Year 7 students learn French. Year 8 students learn Spanish and Year 9 are learning French. Students are assessed on four language skills; Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing. In French we follow the Dynamo course and in Spanish we use Viva.

Here is a broad outline of the topics covered …

Year 7 French

Greeting people and introducing yourself, the alphabet, numbers, colours, days, months, saying when your birthday is, classroom equipment and bag items, describing appearance and personality, describing family and pets, giving your opinion, telling the time, school, clothes, Christmas and Easter in Spain and France.

Year 8 Spanish

Talking about wider family, descriptions of people, homes and local area, leisure activities, ordering food and drink and talking about holidays.

Year 9 French

Describing visits, learning about French festivals and food. TV, cinema and free time activities. 

Key Stage 4

Students in Key Stage 4 follow the new AQA GCSE in French or Spanish. The course gives students the opportunity to develop their understanding of the spoken and written forms of French or Spanish in a range of contexts and develop the ability to communicate effectively in the target language using a range of vocabulary and structures. Students also develop their knowledge and understanding of French and Spanish grammar and they develop their knowledge of countries and communities where the language is spoken.

Students are assessed on the four language skills – Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing. Each are worth 25% each of the final GCSE grade and are sat at the end of Year 11. Over the two years they will study:

  • Theme 1 - identity & culture
  • Theme 2 - local, national, international and global areas
  • Theme 3 - future study and employment

Key Stage 5

Students take the AQA A Level Spanish. The main aims of the  course is to help students to;

  • develop their understanding of spoken and written Spanish from a variety of registers;
  • develop their understanding and application of the Spanish grammatical system.
  • communicate confidently, clearly and effectively in the target language through speaking and writing, using increasingly accurate, complex and varied language;
  • develop the ability to be creative and imaginative when communicating in speech and writing;
  • learn to manipulate the language accurately to organise facts and ideas and to present explanations, opinions and information in speech and writing;
  • develop their appreciation of cultural aspects of Spain and Spanish speaking countries by exploring aspects of the society, culture and communities. (Students study topics based on the country, its geography, institutions and contemporary culture.)

Students are assessed at the end of Year 13:

  • Paper 1 - listening, reading and writing 30%
  • Paper 2 - Writing 20%
  • Paper 3 - Speaking 30%

The English Baccalaureate

The English Baccalaureate includes the study of a language, where research has shown that there are clear advantages in terms of cognitive skills and understanding. A foreign language is part of the essential knowledge and understanding which all pupils should have to take their places as educated members of society. The English Baccalaureate pleasingly recognises languages as a key discipline, common to national curricular across the globe and it is vital importance for our national and international economy. More and more universities are now requesting that students have post 16 qualifications in the English baccalaureate subjects as these facilitate university entry.