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At Gartree High School MFL is aprt of the core curriculum and we have a Languages for All policy. Students have two language lessons a week in Year 7 and three lessons a week in Years 8 to 11. The first language taught is French, but in Year 8 pupils have a short Spanish taster course in the spring term. Following this course, pupils can opt to study Spanish from Y9 to GCSE or to continue with French up to GCSE.

Language lessons give pupils an opportunity to understand and use French and Spanish across a wide range of topics. Pupils regularly work on developing their skills in listening, speaking, reading and writing. We also encourage pupils to gain an understanding of the differences and similarities between languages and make links to the English curriculum.

Key Stage 3

Year 7

Students in Year 7 are following the Gianfranco Conti scheme of work. This method focuses on supported learning and retrieval in a system entitled EPI (Extensive Processing Instruction). Various linguistic and grammatical concepts are introduced and students learn the role and application of nouns, adjectives and negative expressions and how to use regular and irregular verbs in the present and near future tenses. Giving and justifying opinions is a key component of every topic as is regular vocabulary revision.

In Year 7 the students can participate in the Normandy trip for Y7 students which offers both cultural and linguistic opportunities.

Year 8

In year 8, key grammar skills from year 7 are revisited and are built on with the addition of the perfect tense, modal verbs, the conditional with je voudrais, reflexive verbs and the near future tense. There is a clear focus on using the perfect, present and near future tenses tenses effectively throughout all the topics. Students study the GCSE related topics of: technology; holidays; hobbies; French festivals and food. A Spanish taster course occurs in the spring term and in the summer term students choose their GCSE language option for Year 9.

Year 9

In Year 9, topics studied in previous years are revisited and extended through new and more challenging contexts. Use of the three tenses is studied in further detail with more focus given to irregular verbs and using the tenses together with appropriate time expressions. More complex grammatical concepts are covered and students work on giving and justifying opinions in a variety of ways. Vocabulary is practiced weekly through homestudy and tests in class and the four skill areas of reading, writing, listening and speaking are covered equally.

Key Stage 4: GCSE

How the course is assessed: 75% final examination; 25% teacher-assessed speaking task (externally moderated)

Exam Board: AQA French 8658 and Spanish 8698

Course overview: The courses consist of three broad themes: Identity and Culture; Local, National, International and Global Areas of Interest; Current and Future Study and Employment. Within these themes, the courses cover a variety of topics including Technology in Everyday Life, Customs and Festivals in French and Spanish-speaking countries and communities, The Environment and Jobs, Career Choices and Ambitions. In exploring these topics students will develop their ability in all four language skills (listening, speaking, reading and writing), as well as gaining a fuller understanding of the world around them.

You can expect to:

* Develop an understanding of your chosen country and culture through the use of authentic materials including newspaper articles, poems and film.

* Improve your spoken communication, confidence and public speaking skills in your chosen language.

* Explore a wide range of topics including new technologies, social and global issues and future career choices and ambitions.

* Develop problem-solving strategies.

* Enhance your knowledge of how a language is structured.

Where does it lead?

Studying a modern foreign language will enable students to improve their communication skills and confidence, as well as allowing them to express their ideas, interests and opinions to speakers of their chosen language. It will deepen their understanding of how languages work, will stimulate their cultural knowledge and can enhance their understanding of many other subjects including English, Music, Mathematics and ICT.

Language study adds an international dimension to their choice of GCSE subjects, and is valued by future employers and higher education providers alike.

Other useful information

Achieving proficiency in a Modern Foreign Language at GCSE requires a commitment to independent study and regular revision. You can make use of a range of online resources as well as materials available in school to help you progress.

Year 10

For students of French, they cover Friends, family and relationships; Leisure time; Festivals; Town and region and Travel and Tourism in Year 10.

All students will look at topic specific vocabulary, with vocabulary revision still set as homework and tested in class, using the three tenses (at least) accurately and practicing their understanding of the language with more complex activities.

Year 11

Students study Life at school; Jobs; and Social and global issues.

Once there has been full coverage of the GCSE curriculum, revision of the GCSE content is the main feature of lesson time. Topic based revision is complemented by skill specific exercises.

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