MODERN FOREIGN LANGUAGES
Head of MFL: Mr M Smith
Teacher: Ms P Whitbread
Teacher: Mrs S Chughtai
Teacher: Mrs M Dahmani
A recent survey by the Confederation of British Industry concluded that the UK's education system is failing to produce enough people with foreign-language skills to meet a growing need from businesses. Nearly two-thirds of the 300 UK firms surveyed by the business lobby group said they preferred staff with language skills. In this age of global business, the ability to speak and write a foreign language is an asset which companies are prepared to pay for.
At Selly Park we aim to enable students to understand other cultures, develop communication skills and to see themselves as world citizens capable of travelling and working anywhere in the world.
Key Stage 3
Year 7 – All pupils study French as their first Foreign Language.
- In the classroom
- My family
- Where I live
Year 8 – Pupils continue to study French.
- My town
- My hobbies
- Planning for a party
In addition to this, more able pupils will take up Russian or Urdu as a second Foreign Language.
Year 9 – Pupils opt for their preferred language from Year 8 as we continue to set the foundations for GCSE language learning.
- Food and Drink
- Media and shopping
Key Stage 4
In KS4, we follow the Edexcel course in French, Russian and Urdu. We aim to build upon the learning in KS3 and cover the following topics:
Theme: Identity and culture
- Who am I?: relationships; when I was younger; what my friends and family are like; what makes a good friend; interests; socialising with friends and family; role models
- Daily life: customs and everyday life; food and drink; shopping; social media and technology (use of, advantages and disadvantages)
- Cultural life: celebrations and festivals; reading; music; sport; film and television
Theme: Local area, holiday and travel
- Holidays: preferences; experiences; destinations
- Travel and tourist transactions: travel and accommodation; asking for help and dealing with problems; directions; eating out; shopping
- Town, region and country: weather; places to see; things to do
- What school is like: school types; school day; subjects; rules and pressures; celebrating success
- School activities: school trips; events and exchanges
Theme: Future aspirations, study and work
- Using languages beyond the classroom: forming relationships; travel; employment
- Ambitions: further study; volunteering; training
- Work: jobs; careers and professions
Theme: International and global dimension
- Bringing the world together: sports events; music events; campaigns and good causes
- Environmental issues: being ‘green’; access to natural resources
The four key skills of listening, reading, speaking and writing are all tested separately at GCSE level. All 4 skills are examined at the end of Year 11 and account for 25% of the total grade.
We also help students who speak other languages, such as Arabic, Persian, Dutch and Mandarin, to gain GCSEs and A-levels in their heritage language.
Homework is set regularly in both Key Stages to build on pupils’ learning in the classroom. This may take the form of grammar practice, extended writing or vocabulary learning. In KS4 we use ActiveLearn software to provide further support and allow pupils the chance to take on some independent learning.
At GCSE French, you can’t get far without knowing a lot of words! So try to practise whenever you get the chance. To help you, you’ll find a copy of the Core Vocabulary list here.