Modern Languages

Head of Department: Mrs S Aktas

Overview

Our students develop their language skills in a variety of contexts and a broad understanding of the culture of countries and communities where French is spoken. It encourages enjoyment of language learning and the recognition that language skills enable students to take their place in a multi-lingual global society. 

This four-unit specification requires students to develop their ability to write and speak in French and to understand French when it is written down or spoken.

Year 7

Students are introduced to French with a range of topics including: meeting and greeting people, counting in French, describing yourself, your family, your school, your city and talking about holidays.

Students will learn to speak in the present tense.

Year 8

Students continue to develop their communication skills using present, past and future tenses. They also extend their vocabulary in themes such as: hobbies, local area, the city of Paris, leisure and eating out.

Year 9

Skills are developed with a more complex range of grammatical structures, vocabulary and communication.

Students study a wide range of topics including healthy living, new technologies, planning for the future and ambitions, rights and priorities.

Year 10 and 11

Students follow the AQA's MFL specifications. Student extend all skills (reading, listening, speaking, writing and translation) in order to communicate and understand a range of topics including: identity and culture, employment and local, national, international and global areas of interest.

Grammar knowledge is reinforced and students are taught to accurately conjugate verbs in different tenses and to build increasingly complex sentences.

Homework

Homework is an essential part of becoming more proficient in a language.

Learning: Regular learning of new words and structures is an essential part of making progress in a language. We therefore ask our students to spend few minutes revising their vocabulary and grammar the day before every lesson.

Scheduled homework: This will normally be in the form of a short written homework or might be a reading comprehension. Occasionally we will ask for some research to be done or for something to be learnt by heart. 

Useful Links

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Additional Information

If your son/daughter is a French native speaker please contact Mrs Aktas to discuss a more tailored program of learning.