Modern Foreign Languages

"If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart." - Nelson Mandela

Wer fremde Sprache nichts kennt, weiß nichts von seiner eigenen.” Goethe

« Avoir une autre langue c’est posséder une deuxième âme » Charlemagne

“El ver mucho y el leer mucho avivan los ingenios de los hombres.” - Cervantes


The MFL department is staffed entirely by subject specialists in each of French, German and Spanish. Staff subject knowledge is outstanding. Examination results are excellent and are ahead of national standards. This is due in part to the professionalism, experience and dedication of staff as academic teachers.

 

THE DEPARTMENT:

All full-time staff teach in dedicated MFL rooms which are equipped with data projectors. Pupils enjoy regular access to ICT laboratories, laptops or their own devices.

Aims:

The departments primary aims can be summarised as follows:

  • We're passionate about the benefits of learning a language and believe it is a skill for life.
  • Pupils learn to communicate and understand the language. The lessons include a variety of listening, reading, speaking and writing.
  • Pupils enjoy their learning and find it rewarding.
  • Pupils are introduced to and given an insight into the culture and society in French, German and Spanish speaking countries.

 

Key Stage 3:

At the start of Year 7 pupils are allocated French, German or Spanish. Pupils gain a firm grounding in one of these languages, building on transferable language learning skills from primary school. In year 8 they may choose a second language from French, German or Spanish. At the end of year 8 pupils may opt for their first or second language or both languages for GCSE.

Key Stage 4:

All students are required to take at least one language to GCSE level. We follow the AQA course and students have access to the online textbook as well as a vocabulary learning website. At the end of the year 11 the boys take 4 exams: Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing and each exam counts 25% of the course. Our results continue to be outstanding year on year.

A Level:

We follow the AQA course in French, German and Spanish and students have access to an online textbook for the course. German and Spanish are taught in conjunction with WGGS. At the end of year 13 pupils take 3 A level exams.

The course comprises of 4 topics areas which are taught over the 2 years:

In year 13 there is a study of a book and film. In addition, pupils choose an area of study that interests them which they have to prepare for the oral exam. This enables them to develop research skills ready for university.

We are committed to the broader education of our students – language lessons are fun, active and include a variety of activities from role play to translation games or longer writing.

We organise a range of competitions, clubs and trips both here in the UK and abroad.

To encourage independent learning, we suggest a variety of useful inks and resources of websites:

www.pearsonactivelearn.com (boys will have their own login details)

www.language-gym.com

www.languagesonline.org.uk

www.quizlet.com

www.memrise.com

www.linguascope.com (we have a school login)

www.sunderlandschools.org/mfl-sunderland/resources.htm

www.duolingo.com

www.atantot.com   (we have a school login)