MFS Staff

Mrs M Esposito – Subject Leader
Mrs L Saunders – Head of French, Second in the MFL department
Mrs M Cucurachi – Teacher of Italian
Mrs M Prowse – Italian Language Assistant
Mrs R Lawlow-Renault – French Language Assistant

Purpose of study

Learning a foreign language is 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 great literature in the original language. Language teaching should provide the foundation for learning further languages, equipping pupils to study and work in other countries.


The National Curriculum for languages aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • Understand and respond to spoken and written language from a variety of authentic sources
  • 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
  • Can write a varying length, for different purposes and audiences, using the variety of grammatical structures that they have learnt
  • Discover and develop an appreciation of a range of writing in the language studied

Attainment Targets

By the end of each key stage, pupils are expected to know, apply and understand the matters, skills and processes specified in the relevant programme of study.

Key Stage 3: Modern Foreign Languages at Sacred Heart of Mary Girls’ School

MFL teaching focuses on developing the depth of pupils’ competence in listening, speaking, reading and writing based on the sound foundation of core grammar and vocabulary. In Italian, pupils follow the Tutti Insieme course in Years 7 and 8.  In French, pupils follow the Métro course. Pupils are encouraged to use Linguascope, Languages Online and Doddle websites.

Brief Overview of KS4 Curriculum

At GCSE, pupils develop: an understanding of Italian and French in a variety of contexts, an increased knowledge of vocabulary and structures, transferable language learning skills, the ability to communicate effectively in the target language and cultural awareness of France and Italy. Pupils are encouraged to use Linguascope, Languages Online and Doddle websites.

Brief Overview of KS5 Curriculum

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 Kerboodle software package.

Department News

2014-2015 MFL Department Educational Visits:
Year 7 – weekend to Le Touquet (12th – 14th June)
Year 8 – France and Italy (20th – 30th May)
Year 9 – Paris (30th April – 3rd May)
Year 10 – Sorrento (26th March – 11th April)
Year 11 – Back to Sorrento (29th December – 3rd January)
Years 12 and 13 Work Experience to Sicily (14th – 22nd February)

Linguistic Competence

Pupils are taught to:

  • Listen to a variety of forms of spoken language to obtain information and respond appropriately.
  • Transcribe words and short sentences that they hear with increasing accuracy.
  • Initiate and develop ideas clearly and with increasing accuracy, both orally and in writing.
  • Speak coherently and confidently, with increasingly accurate pronunciation and intonation.
  • Read and show comprehension of original and adapted materials from a range of different sources, understanding the purpose, important ideas and details and provide an accurate English translation of short, suitable material.
  • Read literary texts in the language, such as stories, songs, poems and letters, to stimulate ideas, develop creative expression and expand understanding of the language and culture.
  • Write prose using an increasingly wide range of grammar and vocabulary, write creatively to express their own ideas and opinions and translate short written text accurately into the foreign language.

Foreign visits and exchanges

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

  • In Year 7 a weekend visit to France is organized for all pupils as an introduction to life in a foreign country and an occasion to use the language taught in the classroom in a real-life situation. Pupils are given worksheets to complete.
  • In Year 8 a twelve-day trip to France and Italy is organized to provide pupils with the opportunity to practise using both French and Italian. They also have the chance to discover two regions of Europe. During their stay students record their experiences, activities and impressions in a group diary.
  • In Year 9 a five-day trip is organized to Paris and Eurodisney.

Visits, language activities and completion of a group diary allow pupils to make the most of their visit.

  • In Year 10 there are two trips: an eighteen-day trip to Italy, including a two-centre visit (Lake Garda region and Sorrento area) and a five-day GCSE French visit to Luxembourg (which includes language activities with the local population).
  • In Years 12 and 13, pupils have the opportunity to visit Sicily as well as to take part in a work experience programme in Catania and to participate in a cultural exchange visit to Rome later on in the year. This offers pupils a wonderful opportunity to improve their language and their fluency as well as to experience at first-hand a foreign way of life.

What do you expect from literature module?

The literature module of the Italian course aims at:

  • Analysing a literary text.
  • Developing the ability of structuring a written text.
  • Developing cultural awareness of the historical and social context of the novel through guided reading and analysis of the text chapter by chapter.
  • Improved writing techniques (from short text to longer essays and summaries).
  • discussions in pairs, groups and all class facilitated by the teacher.
  • Practice with Past Papers.

Useful sites:


MFL Websites





Vocabulary practice:


News/Newspapers articles (reading and listening):






There are free verb apps you can download to conjugate verbs.


Vocab practice:

Search A Level French and/ or the topic you want to practise


News/Newspapers articles (reading and listening):






Why speak French?


Paris Eurodisney 2017