Modern Foreign Languages Curriculum2018-11-26T10:06:10+00:00

The Modern Foreign Languages Curriculum

Our Vision

To inspire our students with a deep understanding and love of modern foreign languages and their importance in a globalised world. This will result in a thirst for learning and outstanding outcomes for our learners.

Our Staff

Mrs Greenfield: Subject Leader
Miss Petiteville: Programme Leader
Mrs Burton, Mrs Francis, Miss Garnier, Ms Ridley

Why study modern languages?

Knowledge of a Modern Foreign Language is a skill which is increasingly valued by employers and can lead to better job prospects. Learning a language creates independent learners and promotes both thinking and communication skills. A language is useful for those who wish to travel or work abroad and furthermore more employers and companies have links and offices in Europe. Through learning a language students learn to appreciate different countries, cultures and people. The ability to understand and communicate in another language is a lifelong skill to have in education and work in both this country and abroad.

What will I study?

Year 7

Sets 1 and 2 will study French with either German or Spanish as a second language.

All other sets will either study French or Spanish.

Students in Year 7 will recognise the importance of learning a language and aim to develop the skills required for this. Lessons will involve all the key skills required to do this; listening, reading, speaking and writing. The topics covered include greetings, numbers, alphabet and classroom language – learning to use target language in the classroom and ask and answer everyday questions. Introduction to self and family, school life with subjects and opinions, free time and hobbies and house and home.

Grammar is taught within topic areas and includes: definite and indefinite article, adjectives and adjectival agreement, the present tense and an introduction to the future tense and conditional tense.

Each half term students will undertake a Common Assessment Activity on one of the key skill areas to track students’ progress.

Year 8

Students in Year 8 will continue to study the foreign language(s) they started in Year 7 to further develop their language skills gained from the strong foundation of Year 7. Lessons will again involve all skill areas of listening, reading, speaking and writing. The topics covered include: introduction of food and drink with a revision on opinions, home and town, holidays, media with a focus on film and TV, daily routine and chores and French festivals.

Grammar is taught within topic areas and includes: Revision of the present tense, the future tense, an introduction to the past tense and a focus on combining tenses – past, present and future.

Each half term students will undertake a Common Assessment Activity on one of the key skill areas to track students’ progress.

At the end of Year 8 students who study two languages can take the decision to continue both foreign languages as GCSE courses.

Year 9

All students in Year 9 continue with one language to further develop their listening, reading, speaking and writing skills in the language. The topics covered include: school life, relationships, new technology, leisure, healthy living and music.

Grammar is taught within topic areas and includes: Revision of the present tense, the future tense, and the past tense and a focus on combining tenses – past, present and future. Introduction to the imperfect tense, modal verbs and the comparative and superlative.

Each half term students will undertake a Common Assessment Activity on one of the key skill areas to track students’ progress.

Students who have chosen two languages will begin their GCSE language in French and complete this course in two years. The GCSE course is outlined in the KS4 curriculum.

Year 10 and 11

Students begin their GCSE language course according to the option choice they made in Year 9. They will complete the AQA GCSE French, German or Spanish qualification, tested in the 4 skill areas of listening, reading, writing and speaking at the end of the two year course.

The following themes will be covered:

  • Theme 1: Identity and culture: family and friends, technology in everyday life, free time activities
  • Theme 2: Local, national, international and global areas of interest: home, town and region, social issues, global issues and travel and tourism
  • Theme 3: Current and future study and employment: My studies, life at school/college, education post 16, jobs, career choices and ambitionsAt Key Stage 4 we emphasise the importance of learning vocabulary, revision and exam technique.  The new GCSE now involves external examinations at the end of Year 11 therefore putting even more emphasis on continuous learning.  Throughout all key stages, students increase their knowledge of sound spelling links, grammar and language patterns through the study of topics.Years 12 and 13 Students complete the Edexcel Language A- Level course and will be assessed at the end of the two year course in the following areas.Paper 1: Listening, reading and translation into English (2hrs) (40%)Paper 3– Speaking (21-23 minutes) (including 5 minutes preparation time)) (30%)
  •  Paper 2: Written response to works and translation into French (2hr40) (30%)
  • A total of 3 examinations:
  • French, German and Spanish are offered at A -Level. By choosing a language course students will develop their communication and presentation skills, expand their understanding of current world events, and gain a more developed understanding of different cultures and beliefs. In addition, they will take part in debates as well as learn how to analyse literature and cinema. Finally, students mastering of grammar and linguistics will allow them to gain a much more comprehensive understanding of their own language. Students will also have Foreign Language Assistants to work with to improve their language skills.
  • Through these topic areas students will also gain a valuable insight into the culture and traditions of the country of the language they are studying.

If you would to know more about MFL then please contact Mrs Greenfield, Programme Leader, MFL at:

Email:  c.greenfield@tmhs.co.uk
Telephone:  0113 390 0770