MFL

 

Modern Foreign Languages Department

French is the main foreign language taught to students in years 7 and 8. For GCSE is it an optional subject, however, we do encourage as many students as possible to continue studying French. Languages are taught using a variety of teaching and learning methods, using authentic materials and giving pupils the opportunity to use languages in real-life situations. We regularly highlight the benefits and advantages of speaking another language in today’s society. These include: giving you an edge over monolingual applicants competing for the same jobs; encountering different cultures which leads to a broader understanding of diverse lifestyles; the opportunity to study and work abroad, leading to a whole new world of opportunities.

 

Vision

The Modern Foreign Languages Department at the Peele Community College is an active, enthusiastic, and dedicated department.  Our aims and objectives are to:

  •  foster students’ enjoyment of language learning
  •  insist on high expectations of students’ achievement and behaviour
  •  promote understanding and appreciation of the cultures and ways of life of other  countries
  •  develop key skills such as communication, IT, working with others, independent learning and problem-solving.
  •  encourage pride in successful linguistic achievements
  •  enhance listening, reading and memory skills
  •  ensure that pupils strive to achieve their full potential
  •  fully prepare and equip students for the GCSE examination
  •  offer a foundation on which students can continue language learning post 16.

 

Key Stage 3

From Year 7 to Year 8 we teach a popular, modern and interactive course called ‘Studio.’ It is a fully-differentiated Key Stage 3 course packed with content our pupils will enjoy learning and which opens the window to the French-speaking world.

In Year 7, the following topics are covered:

Term 1:

  • Meeting and greeting
  • Numbers/ saying how old you are
  • Days of the week/ months of the year/saying when your birthday is
  • Classroom items/school equipment
  • Colours
  • Pets/Family
  • Nationalities and countries
  • Weather
  • Saying what you eat and drink

 

Term 2:

  • Talk about likes or dislikes
  • Your survival kit
  • Describing yourself
  • Talking about other people
  • Describing a musician
  • Talking about school subjects
  • Giving opinions and reasons
  • Describing your timetable and telling the time
  • Describing your school day
  • Talking about food
  • Compare schools in other countries to your own
  • Talk about winter celebrations

 

Term 3:

  • Talk about computers and mobiles
  • Sports and activities
  • Say what you like doing and what others do
  • Talk about extreme sports
  • Describe your town/village
  • Give directions and say where you are going
  • Ask questions and say what you can do in your town

 

In Year 8, the following topics are covered:

 Term 1:

  • Books and the internet
  • Television programmes
  • The past tense and saying what you did yesterday evening
  • Talk about a past trip to Paris
  • Understand information about a tourist attraction

 

Term 2:

  • Describe your personality
  • Talk about music, clothes and your passion
  • Describe where you live and your home
  • Say what you eat
  • Discuss what food to buy
  • Talk about an event

 

Term 3:

  • Talk about different types of holidays
  • Discuss getting ready to go out
  • Buy drinks and snacks
  • Talk about holiday plans
  • Say what you would like to do

 

Key Stage 4

Years 9, 10 and 11 follow the AQA GCSE French Higher Studio course for GCSE. The course is based on 3 key themes which are set out in the new specification for GCSE French 9-1. It is accompanied by a grammar workbook and revision materials so that students are fully prepared and ready for the GCSE examination.

Pupils follow the AQA GCSE syllabus for French and take an examination in: listening, reading, speaking and writing. Each of the four skills makes up 25% of the final grade for GCSE; they are all externally assessed.

The topics covered throughout the course are:

 

Theme 1: Identity and Culture

Who am I?

  • Talk about friends and what makes a good friend
  • Discuss family relationships
  • Make arrangements to go out
  • Describe a night out with friends
  • Talk about life when you were younger
  • Discuss role models and why they are significant

Hobbies and free time

  • Talk about sport
  • Talk about life online
  • Discuss books and reading
  • Talk about television programmes
  • Discuss films and who your favourite actor is and why

Special occasions and shopping

  • Describe your daily life
  • Talk about food for special occasions
  • Using polite language (tu/vous)
  • Describing family celebrations
  • Describe festivals and traditions

 

Theme 2: Local, national, international and global areas of interes

Holidays

  • Talking about an ideal holiday
  • Booking and reviewing hotels
  • Ordering in a restaurant
  • Talking about travelling
  • Buying souvenirs
  • Talking about holiday disasters

 

 

 

What makes you tick

  • Discussing problems facing the world
  • Talk about protecting the environment
  • Discuss ethical shopping
  • Talk about volunteering
  • Discussing big events

 

Theme 3: Current and future study and employment

School

  • Describe your school
  • Compare schools in the UK to those in French-speaking countries
  • Discuss school rules
  • Discuss healthy eating
  • Talk about vices
  • Describe a school exchange

Jobs and the World of Work

  • Discuss career choices
  • Talk about plans, hopes and wishes
  • Applying for jobs
  • Understanding case studies

 

Theme 2: Local, national, international and global areas of interest                           

Holidays

  • Talking about an ideal holiday
  • Booking and reviewing hotels
  • Ordering in a restaurant
  • Talking about travelling
  • Buying souvenirs
  • Talking about holiday disasters

 

 

 

What makes you tick

  • Discussing problems facing the world
  • Talk about protecting the environment
  • Discuss ethical shopping
  • Talk about volunteering
  • Discussing big events

 

Theme 3: Current and future study and employment

School

  • Describe your school
  • Compare schools in the UK to those in French-speaking countries
  • Discuss school rules
  • Discuss healthy eating
  • Talk about vices
  • Describe a school exchange

Jobs and the World of Work

  • Discuss career choices
  • Talk about plans, hopes and wishes
  • Applying for jobs
  • Understanding case studies

 

The MFL department:

Mrs Karen Briggs                                              Miss Heather Brooks

Subject Leader MFL                                         Teacher of Modern Foreign Languages

 

 Trips and Events

The MFL department runs a day trip for year 7 students to Boulogne in the summer term. In addition, we have recently organised an overnight trip to Lille for pupils to enjoy the French Christmas markets. These trips give students the opportunity to speak French in a real-life situation, experience a new culture and see language learning in a new light!

Outside of trips, we celebrate the European Day of Languages every September. Students are able to taste typical French breakfast foods, discover why it is important to learn languages and familiarise themselves with other ways of life and cultures.

This year we are also training students to take part in a ‘French Spelling Bee’ competition.

 

Home Learning, Revision and Consolidation

 We recommend that all students purchase a French dictionary to assist in helping them complete their home learning. Pupils must not, under any circumstances, use translation websites as they are not accurate. We do, however, recommend www.wordreference.com as an alternative to help provide key phrases and words which have been verified.

It is also advised that students access cartoons, films or news in French in order to develop their listening skills. In addition, French revision guides would be beneficial to learning; these are available in book shops and online.

The following websites are useful tools in providing extra support to help revise key topics, access new vocabulary and try out examination style questions:

 

http://linquascope.com

(username and password available from the department)

http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/french/

http://www.bbc.co.uk/education

http://www.bbc.co.uk/languages/

http://www.lightbulblanguages.co.uk/