Mrs D Potter-White
For more details on our MFL curriculum, please contact DPotter-White@leaf.bournemouth.sch.uk or 01202 578886
Learning a foreign language is a liberation from insularity and provides an opening to other cultures. A high-quality languages education should foster pupils’ curiosity and deepen their understanding of the world. The teaching should enable pupils to express their ideas and thoughts in another language and to understand and respond to its speakers, both in speech and in writing. It should also provide opportunities for them to communicate for practical purposes, learn new ways of thinking and read literature in the original language. Language teaching should provide the foundation for learning further languages, equipping pupils to study and work in other countries and enable them to communicate with people from other countries, whilst working in this country. The study of a modern foreign language at GCSE should also broaden students’ horizons and encourage them to step beyond familiar cultural boundaries and develop new ways of seeing the world.
Students are taught to understand and respond to spoken and written language from a variety of authentic sources. They are encouraged to speak with increasing confidence, fluency and spontaneity, finding ways of communicating what they want to say, including through discussion and asking questions, and continually improving the accuracy of their pronunciation and intonation. As far as writing is concerned, by the end of Key Stage 3, students should write at varying length, for different purposes and audiences, using the variety of grammatical structures that they have learnt. Through their studies, students can also discover and develop an appreciation of the culture in countries were French/Spanish is the official language.
The examination comprises 4 components, namely listening, speaking, reading and writing. All skills are equally-weighted and each contribute 25% towards a student’s final GCSE grade (9-1).
The topics covered are Self, Family and Relationships, School, House and Home, Local Area and Environment, Hobbies and Free Time, Media, Holidays, Health and Work and Future Plans.
Studying French/Spanish for GCSE enables students to continue developing the language skills they have acquired at KS3 and to learn to use the language more independently as well as gaining a greater insight into the culture of the French/ Spanish -speaking world.
The specification provided by Pearson, (who provide the Active Learn resources for the EdExcel GCSE courses) in its original form is very thorough, the sequence of modules is logical and it generally looks appealing to students of this age.