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"If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart." - Nelson Mandela

Wer fremde Sprache nichts kennt, weiß nichts von seiner eigenen.” Goethe

« Avoir une autre langue c’est posséder une deuxième âme » Charlemagne

“El ver mucho y el leer mucho avivan los ingenios de los hombres.” - Cervantes


The MFL department is staffed entirely by subject specialists in each of French, German and Spanish. Staff’s subject knowledge is outstanding. Examination results are excellent and are ahead of national standards. This is due in part to the professionalism, experience and dedication of staff as academic teachers.

 

THE DEPARTMENT:

All full-time staff teach in dedicated MFL rooms which are equipped with data projectors. Pupils enjoy regular access to ICT laboratories, laptops or their own devices.

Aims:

The departments primary aims can be summarised as follows:

  • We are passionate about the benefits of learning a language and believe it is a skill for life.
  • Pupils learn to communicate and understand the language. The lessons include a variety of listening, reading, speaking and writing.
  • Pupils enjoy their learning and find it rewarding.
  • Pupils are introduced to and given an insight into the culture and society in French, German and Spanish speaking countries.

 

Key stage 3:

At the start of Year 7 pupils are allocated French, German or Spanish. Pupils gain a firm grounding in one of these languages, building on transferable language learning skills from primary school. In year 8 they may choose a second language from French, German or Spanish. At the end of year 8 pupils may opt for their first or second language or both languages for GCSE.

Key Stage 4:

All students are required to take at least one language to GCSE level. We follow the AQA course and students have access to the online textbook as well as a vocabulary learning website. At the end of the year 11 the boys take 4 exams: Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing and each exam counts 25% of the course. Our results continue to be outstanding year on year.

A Level:

We follow the AQA course in French, German and Spanish and students have access to an online textbook for the course. French (year12), German and Spanish are taught in conjunction with WGGS. At the end of year 13 pupils take 3 A level exams.

The course comprises of 4 topics areas which are taught over the 2 years:

In year 13 there is a study of a book and film. In addition, pupils choose an area of study that interests them, which they have to prepare for the oral exam. This enables them to develop research skills ready for university.

To encourage independent learning, we suggest a variety of useful inks and resources of websites:

www.pearsonactivelearn.com (boys will have their own login details)

www.language-gym.com

www.languagesonline.org.uk

www.quizlet.com

www.memrise.com

www.linguascope.com (we have a school login)

www.sunderlandschools.org/mfl-sunderland/resources.htm

www.duolingo.com

www.atantot.com   (we have a school login)    

 

Learning opportunities:

We organise a range of competitions, clubs and trips.

Key stage 3:

Big languages bake off for MFL week

Visiting theatre group in 3 languages

Translation Bee (year 8, 9)

Joint PRE MFL trip to Paris

Vienna trip

Murcia trip

WBGS learning challenges

 

Key stage 4:

German exchange (9-12)

French study trip

 

Key stage 5:

Study conferences

German debate

Curriculum overview:

SPANISH

 

Autumn 1

Autumn 2

Spring 1

Spring 2

Summer 1

Summer 2

7 Viva 1

Módule 1

Mi vida

Módule 2

Mi tiempo libre

Módule 3

Mi instituto

Módule 3

Mi instituto

 

Módule 4

Mi familia y mis amigos

Módule 5

Mi ciudad

8 Viva 2

Módule 1

Mis vacaciones

Módule 2

Todo sobre mi vida

Módule 3

A comer

Módule 3

A comer

 

Módule 4

¿Qué hacemos?

Módule 5

Operación verano

9 Viva 3 & GCSE

Módule 1

Somos así

Módule 2

¡Oriéntate!

Módule 3

En forma

Módule 3

Jóvenes en acción

START GCSE

Theme 2

Módule 1– ¡Desconéctate!

Theme 2

Módule 1

¡Desconéctate!

10 GCSE

Theme 3

Módule 2

Mi vida en el insti

Theme 1

Módule 3

Mi gente

Theme 1

Módule 4

Intereses e influencias 

Theme 1

Módule 4

Intereses e influencias 

Theme 2

Módule 5

Ciudades

Theme 2

Módule 5

Ciudades

11 GCSE

 

Theme 1

Módule 6

De costumbre

Theme 3

Módule 7

¡A currar!

 Theme 2

Módule 8

Hacía un mundo mejor

Theme 2

Módule 8

 Hacía un mundo mejor

Revision

 

WGSB

 

12

 

WGSG

 La gastronomía / las lenguas

 

Pan’s Laberinth

Tradiciones y costumbres / patrimonio cultural

 

La familia / el matrimonio / divorcio

 

Arte y arquitectura / patrimonio musical + diversidad

 

Influencia de la iglesia Católica / Pan’s Laberinth

El internet / móviles inteligentes

 

Cantantes y mùsicos / estrellas de tv y cine

Las redes sociales / Como Agua Para Chocolate

 

Modelos / mujer en mercado laboral

CAPC

 

Machismo y femenismo / derechos de los gays y personas transgénero

WGSB

(+ IRP)

 

13

 

WGSG

(+ IRP)

Jóvenes y la política / el paro jóvenes

 

 

Dictatura de Franco / monarquía en España

Sociedad ideal / inmigración : aspectos +&- 

 

 

Dictadores latinoamericanos / manifestaciones y huelgas

 

Inmigración en mundo hispánico / pbs : los indocumentados / actitudes racistas-xenófobas

 

Sindicatos / protestas sociales / convivencia de culturas

 

Medidas contra el racismo / legislación anti-racista

 

 

La educación / las religiones

Revision + IRP

 

 

GERMAN

 

Autumn 1

Autumn 2

Spring 1

Spring 2

Summer 1

Summer 2

7

STIMMT 1

Unit 1

my world and me

Unit 2

Family and pets

Unit3

Free time

Unit 4

 schools

Unit 5

Travel

Unit1 Stimmt 2

Start

Past tense and

Holidays

8

STIMMT 2

Uni1 and 2

Holidays and media

Unit 3

health

Unit 4

Class trips

Unit 5

Going out

Stimmt 3

Unit 1

Role modals

 

Unit 2

Music

9 STIMMT 3

STIMMT AQA GCSE

Recap units 1 and 2

Role models and music

Unit 3

 My ambitions

 

Unit 4

childhood

Unit 5

Rights and duties

START GCSE

Theme 3

Chapter 1 Education and study

 

 

Theme 3

Chapter 1

Education and study

 

 

 

 

10 GCSE

STIMMT AQA GCSE

Theme 1

Chapter 2

Leisure and reading, music and film

 

 

Theme 1

Chapter 2

Sport and Festivals

Chapter 3

Family relationships

 

Theme 1

Chapter 3

Family and relationships

Marriage

Life as a child

 

 

Theme 2

Chapter 4

House and home, daily routine. Food and drink. Healthy living.

 

Theme 2

Chapter 4

Media and the technology.

 

 

 

Theme 2

Chapter 5

Transport

Town and region

Accommodation

Shopping

 

 

11 GCSE

STIMMT AQA GCSE

Theme 2

Chapter 6

Holidays

Town and region

 

Theme 3

Chapter 7

Future plans and jobs

 

 

 Theme 2

Module 8

 Environment and social issues

 

Theme 2

Module 8

 Environment and social issues

 

Revision

 

12

WGBS

AQA Kerboodle

Year 1

 Family

partnership

Technology

Social media and digitalisation of society

Fashion and image, music,

 

TV

 

 

 

Film –

Almanya Wilkommen in Deutschland

Film –

Almanya Wilkommen in Deutschland

12 WGGS

AQA Kerboodle

Year 1

Festivals and celebrations

Traditions in Germany

Art and Architecture

Cultural life of Berlin

Revision

The EU

13

WGBS

AQA Kerboodle

Year 2

Immigration

Integration

Racism

Revision

 

 

13

WGGS

AQA Kerboodle

Year 2

(+ IRP)

The EU

Politics

The reunification

Revision

 

 

 

FRENCH

 

Autumn 1

Autumn 2

Spring 1

Spring 2

Summer 1

Summer 2

7 and 8 options

 

Dynamo 1

Module 1

My family and I

Module 2

School

Module 3

Leisure activities and sport

Module 4

Family life

Module 5

Town

Revision

End of Year exam

Cultural project work

8

Studio 2

Module 1

Television, cinema and internet

Module 2

A trip to Paris

Module 3

Music and clothes

Module 4

Town and food

Module 5

Talent and ambition

Revision

End of Year exam

Cultural project work

9 GCSE

Studio 3

Studio AQA GCSE

Module 1

Social media and music

Module 2

Parts of the body and healthy eating

Module 3

Jobs and future plans

Module 4

Holidays

START GCSE

Theme 1

Module 1– Myself and family

Theme 1

Module 1 Myself and family

10 GCSE

Studio AQA GCSE

Theme 1

Module 2

Leisure and internet and mobile phone use

Theme 1

Module 3

Festivals and celebrations

 

Theme 2

Module 4

Town and Region

 

 

Theme 2

Module 4

Town and Region

 

Theme 2

Module 5

Holidays

 

 

Theme 2

Module 5

Holidays

 

 

11 GCSE

Studio AQA GCSE

Theme 3

Module 6

School

 

Theme 3

Module 7

Future plans and jobs

 Theme 2

Module 8

 Environment and social issues

Theme 2

Module 8

 Environment and social issues

Revision

 

12

Kerboodle AQA Year 1

WBGS

 Family

Technology

 

Volunteering

 

Volunteering

 

Immigration

 

Immigration

 

Kerboodle AQA Year 1

WGGS

Cinema

Music

Heritage

Heritage

Au revoir les enfants

Au revoir les enfants

13

Kerboodle AQA Year 2

(+ IRP)

Diversity

Au revoir les enfants

 

 

Un sac de billes

Social marginalisation and exclusion

 

Un sac de billes

Criminality

 

 

Trade unions. protesting and strikes

Politics and the youth

revision

 

 

 

Assessment in MFL

Each half-term we do tracker tests.

KS3:

Autumn 1: Reading and Writing

Autumn 2: Listening and Speaking

Spring 1: Reading and Writing (French and Spanish); Listening (German)

Spring 2: Listening (French and Spanish); Reading, Writing and speaking (German)

Summer 1: Summer Exams in all 4 skills (French and Spanish); Listening, Reading and Speaking (German)

KS4:

Year 10:

Autumn 1: Reading and Speaking

Autumn 2: Listening and Writing

Spring 1: Listening and Reading – writing tasks done in class

Summer 1: Summer Exams in all 4 skills.

Year 11:

Autumn 1: Listening, Reading, Writing

Autumn 2: Listening

Spring 1: Mocks in all 4 skills

Spring 2: writing tasks done in class

KS5:

Year 12:

Autumn 1 : Listening , Reading and Translation

Speaking  card with assistant

Autumn 2: Listening , Reading and Translation

Speaking  card with assistant

Spring 1: Mocks: Listening , Reading and Translation

Speaking  card with assistant

Summer 1: UCAS exams in all skills.

Year 13

Autumn 1 : Listening , Reading and Translation

Essay

Speaking  card with assistant

Autumn 2: Listening , Reading and Translation

Essay

mock  speaking  with assistant

Spring 1: Mocks: paper 1 (Listening, Reading and Writing), paper 2 (Writing) and paper 3 (Speaking)