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Modern Foreign Languages

Staffing and Role:

Mr Jones

Head of MFL (French, German & Spanish)

Miss Lord

Teacher of MFL & Responsible for KS3 Curriculum (French & Spanish)

Mrs Amigo

Teacher of MFL (French & Spanish)

Mrs License

Teacher of MFL (Spanish and German)

Miss Norris

Teacher of MFL (French & Spanish)

Vision Statement:

The MFL Department aims to provide students with:

  • The necessary skills and language to engage in meaningful conversations with native speakers of their chosen language.
  • A solid grammar and vocabulary base to enable them to achieve to the best of their ability in their chosen language.
  • The necessary skills to become independent and creative learners
  • The necessary language skills, cultural appreciation and sense of enquiry to be able to take their studies beyond GCSE if they wish.
  • Dynamic, creative and challenging lessons in order to promote student engagement and achievement.

French, German and Spanish are currently on offer for study.

KS3 Curriculum

Year 7 – All students are currently studying either French or Spanish. Those studying French are following the Studio 1 course; those studying Spanish are following the ¡Mira! 1 Course.

Year 8 – All students are studying French or Spanish and German. Students in French will cover the topics of Healthy Living, Holidays and Home and Local Area, those studying Spanish are following the ¡Mira! 1 and ¡Mira¡ 2 courses. In German the students are following the Echo 1 Express course.

KS4 Curriculum

Year 9 – Students have chosen their GCSE language and are studying either French, Spanish or German. Some students are studying 2 languages. Students are building up solid foundations for GCSE study following a variety of courses and teacher made resources.

Year 10 – Students are studying for the AQA GCSE in French or Spanish. Some students are studying 2 languages. We use the AQA GCSE course book in each language.

Year 11 – Students are studying for the AQA GCSE in French, Spanish or German. Some students are studying 2 languages. We use the AQA GCSE course book in each language.

 

Useful websites and reading:

Kerboodle.com – course book, practice exam papers and revision materials.

Students can also use the following websites to revise vocabulary and practise grammar:

www.quizlet.com (search for your teacher with these key phrases: “DJTestbourneMFL”, “MissLordMFL”, “MrsLicenseMFL”, “missnorris19”) 

www.memrise.com 

www.duolingo.com 

www.bbc.co.uk/education 

www.kerboodle.com (Your son/daughter can access the course book and many online resources for practice and revision using his/her Kerboodle login). http://www.conjuguemos.com

www.wordreference.com

www.senecalearning.com 

www.notesinspanish.com 

www.slowgerman.com 

 

Extra Curricular and Activities:

  • Prefect leaders run clubs and drop in sessions in each of the three languages on offer
  • Revision and support sessions are on offer from your son/daughter’s teacher in Year 10 and 11

 

What the students say:

“I like learning Spanish because we do lots of different activities in class” – Year 7 student.

“Learning languages teaches me about other cultures and makes people more open minded” – Year 11 French student.

“I want to live in Spain” – Year 7 Spanish student.

“I think learning a language will help me in the future” – Year 9 Spanish student.

“The trip to Madrid really developed me as a person, it made me a lot more independent and it really improved my confidence” – Year 11 Spanish student