Modern Foreign Languages
“ One language sets you in a corridor for life. Two languages open every door along the way.”
Subject Leader: Mrs L de Guillén
MFL Teachers: Miss Donnelly, Mrs Greenwood & Ms McGuiness
Department Website: http://mfl.stwilfrids.com/
Key Stage 3
All students study French and Spanish, except a group selected for additional English support, for 3 lessons each per fortnight. Students are set into 6 ability groups, all following the scheme of work based upon Expo 1 and Mira 1. Students are also supplied with a vocab/grammar book and are offered a subscription to vocabexpress for the duration of their language study at St Wilfrid’s (at the cost of £8 per student).
At the end of year 7, students select which language they would like to study for the remainder of Key Stage 3, and beyond to GCSE.
Students study either French or Spanish for 5 lessons per fortnight. Students are set into ability groups following the scheme of work based upon Expo 2 or Mira 2. Students are also supplied with a vocab/grammar book and continue to access vocabexpress (at no further cost).
Students of French have 5 lessons per fortnight. Students follow the scheme of work based upon Studio 3. Students are also supplied with a vocab/grammar book and continue to use vocabexpress (at no further cost).
Students of Spanish have 5 lessons per fortnight. Students are set into ability groups all following the scheme of work based upon Mira 3 rojo/verde. Students are also supplied with a vocab/grammar book and continue to use vocabexpress (at no further cost).
In the second half of the summer term, students are placed into their GCSE groups and begin the GCSE course.
Key Stage 4
Students follow the AQA GCSE French/Spanish Specification. The scheme of work uses AQA approved textbooks along with a variety of other resources. Additional resources include Activteach in both languages, Kerboodle for AQA in both languages, vocab/grammar booklets, AQA Revision Workbook (provided to all students in term 1 of year 11), vocabexpress (at no further cost), linguascope and other online resources.
Key Stage 5
The A Level courses in French and Spanish course build upon the skills developed at GCSE and is developing further the students’ ability to communicate confidently, clearly and effectively in Spanish. Students are also developing their understanding of the spoken and written forms of Spanish from a variety of sources including prose, poetry, newspapers, television, film and the internet. The course is taught via the themes of Family Relationships, Internet, Charity Work, National Heritage, Music, Cinema and Literature. These themes focus on issues in Spanish speaking countries or French speaking countries, allowing students to develop their knowledge of the countries where the languages are spoken.
In Year 12, students also study a film from a country where the language is spoken. A Level Spanish students study ‘El Laberinto del Fauno’ and A Level French students study ‘Au Revoir les Enfants’. In Year 13 students study works of literature in the language studied. A Level Spanish students study ‘Como Agua para Chocolate’ and A Level French students study ‘L’Etranger’.