Languages

Teaching Staff and Responsibilities

Mrs M. Esposito: Subject Leader MFL, Italian and French teacher

Mrs L. Saunders: Assistant Subject Leader MFL, i/c French

Mrs K. Harrington: French teacher

Mrs L. Gordon: French teacher

Miss C. Amato: Italian and French teacher

Miss C Venanzi: Italian Consulate teacher

 

KS3 (Years 7-8)

How do we organise teaching groups at KS3?

Each year group is divided into teaching groups (L/R and T/W), set according to ability.

What are our aims at KS3?

MFL teaching focuses on developing the depth of pupils’ competence in listening, speaking, reading, writing and translation based on the sound foundation of core grammar and vocabulary. Pupils should be able to: understand and respond to written language from a variety of authentic sources; discover and develop an appreciation of a range of writing in the language studied.

How does this subject develop over KS3?

Pupils can 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. Pupils can write at varying length, for different purposes and audiences, using the variety of grammatical structures that they have learnt.

What will my daughter learn at KS3?

In Italian, pupils follow the Tutti Insieme course in Years 7 and 8.  In French, pupils follow the Métro course.

Year 7

Greetings, Numbers and Alphabet, Dates, Personal Identity, Weather, Family and pets, Physical description and personality, Countries and nationalities, School subjects, equipment, expressing opinions and Telling the time. The present tense (regular verbs) + auxiliary verbs (to have and to be).

Year 8

Clothes, Sports and Hobbies, Where you live (rooms in house and furniture), Places in town, Directions, Holidays, Food and Drink, Shopping. The present tense (irregular verbs), the future tense, introduction to the past tense.

Are there any websites that will support my daughter’s learning?

 

KS4/GCSE (Years 9-11)

How do we organise teaching groups at KS4?

Year 9 is divided into teaching groups (L/R and T/W), set according to ability. This continues into Years 10 and 11 with movement between sets if necessary.

Which GCSE specification do we prepare pupils for?

Pearson Edexcel.  Further information about these specification can be found by following the links below:

https://qualifications.pearson.com/content/dam/pdf/GCSE/French/2016/specification-and-sample-assessments/Specification-Pearson-Edexcel-Level-1-Level-2-GCSE-9-1-French.pdf

https://qualifications.pearson.com/content/dam/pdf/GCSE/Italian/2017/specification-and-sample-assessments/Specification_GCSE_L1-L2_in_Italian.pdf

What will my daughter learn at KS4?

Year 9

Revision of KS3 topics and grammar: GCSE Theme 1: Personal Identity, Free Time, Cultural life (Festivals), Daily Routine. The past tense (perfect and imperfect tenses).

Year 10

Revision of Theme 1. Introduction of GCSE Theme 2: Home and Local area, Holidays and Travel; Theme 3: School and Future plans

Year 11

Revision of Themes 1-3.  Introduction of GCSE Theme 4: Work and Theme 5: Environment

Are there any websites that will support my daughter’s learning?

 

KS5/A Level (Y12-13)

How do we organise teaching groups at KS5?

At KS5, classes are taught in option groups which are all mixed ability.

Which A Level specification do we prepare pupils for?

Pearson (Edexcel).  The MFL A level provides a logical and realistic progression from GCSE that: develops research and reading skills, acknowledges the importance of knowledge and understanding of French/ Italian- language culture, including literary study. Pupils are able to supplement their learning by using the Dynamic learning software package. Language teaching should provide the foundation for learning further languages, equipping pupils to study and work in other countries.  Further information can be found by following the links below:

https://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcel-a-levels/french-2016.html

https://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcel-a-levels/italian-2017.html

What will my daughter learn at KS5?

Year 12

We have selected the following options:

Society – Family, Education, Work;

Culture – Music, Media, Festivals, Films

Year 13

We have selected the following options

Multicultural Society – Immigration and political parties;

Occupation and resistance, Literature

Are there any websites that will support my daughter’s learning?

 

Future pathways/careers

Many past students have studied French and Italian at University, often studying new languages ab initio. The communication and analytical skills gained in this course are also useful in many non-language careers e.g. Law, Accountancy, Journalism.

Jobs related directly to studying MFL include: Interpreter, Translator, Secondary School teacher, Private tutor. Jobs where your degree would be useful include: Journalist, Detective, International aid worker, Marketing executive, Sales executive, Tour manager.

Enrichment

The Modern Languages Department policy re-visits and exchanges abroad follows the pattern below:

  • In Year 7 a weekend visit to Le Touquet, France
  • In Year 8 a eleven-day trip to Côte d’Azur, France and Lake Garda, Italy
  • In Year 9 a five-day trip is organized to Paris and Eurodisney.
  • In Year 10: an eighteen-day trip to Italy, including a two-centre visit (Lake Garda region and Sorrento area).