Subject Leader – Mrs E Garrod (GarrodE@themanor.notts.sch.uk)
The three Modern Foreign Languages currently offered at The Manor Academy are Spanish, French and German. As MFL teachers, we believe that learning foreign languages is important, not only for the academic success, but also for the personal development of the student.
Pupils mostly work in mixed ability classes where differentiation is an important part of the lesson to allow all students to make progress. We hope to give students an insight into the culture of the country or countries where the Foreign Language they are learning is spoken. Through learning a Modern Foreign Language, pupils develop skills that vary from being able to communicate on holiday to building the bases to learn the language at a higher level. The study skills developed through learning a language can also support other subjects.
The assessments are based on the work done on the topic and cover both grammar and vocabulary knowledge. Such assessments are developed to monitor the student’s progress in all four skills necessary for MFL: Reading, Listening, Writing and Speaking.
In our teaching, we use a variety of resources and methods, as well as games and online tools such as Memrise or Quizlet.
Key Stage 3
The languages currently taught at Key Stage 3 are French and Spanish. Students cover a variety of GCSE topics in preparation for their GCSE. These topics are re-visited in the later stages of their school life. All four skill areas – Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking - are covered during KS3, building the foundation necessary to develop their foreign language knowledge. Cultural topics are also included in order to make the subject more relatable to and realistic.
The Foreign Language currently taught in Year 7 is French. Students will then be given a choice in Year 8 to begin studying a new language. Topics covered in the Year 7 Scheme of Work are:
* Introducing yourself.
* Describing yourself and others.
* Free time.
* Where I live.
Students learn vocabulary and grammar. They develop a basic cultural awareness of the country where the language is spoken.
In Year 8, the languages currently offered are French and Spanish. Students acquire new vocabulary and build on the cultural and grammatical knowledge studied in Year 7 to further develop their skills.
* Spanish: Holidays, Films and Technology, Food, Free Time, Clothes, Holiday Activities.
* French: Films and TV, Holidays and Travel, Introducing Others, Where I Live, Education and Future plans.
Our students pick their options and begin their Key Stage 4 and journey to GCSE in Year 9. For languages, this means more time to develop the necessary skills to be successful at the end of their GCSE course. The lessons are similar to KS3 but at a higher level, students are expected to use their language skills more regularly. The topics covered are:
* Spanish: Films and describing people, Jobs and Future Plans, Healthy Lifestyle, Global Issues.
* French: Social Life, Sports and Healthy Lifestyle, Jobs and Future Plans, Holidays, Global Issues.
* German: Role Models and Experiences, Music, Future Plans, School, Global Issues.
Students are assessed in all four skills in GCSE-Type assessments throughout the year.
Many students continue to study a language at KS4. The course provides an ample area of topics, which are covered in the GCSE exams. Following the AQA exam board, students will learn vocabulary and grammar structures based on topic areas such as “Work and Lifestyle”, “The Environment”, “Technology” and “Home town and Free time”.
The current Year 11 work on a Coursework based specification; they have carried out Writing Coursework and Speaking Coursework throughout two years and they will sit a final exam on Reading and Listening skills.
The new GCSE specification, which affects our current Year 10 students and the younger groups, also follows the AQA Exam board. There is no coursework for this specification, so students are assessed on a final examination only. All four skills will be assessed at the end of the course, each of them worth 25% of the final grade.
Facilities and resources
* Own set of classrooms.
* Bilingual dictionaries.
* Use of iPads for independent learning.
* Educational MFL websites.
* Access to textbooks and online resources.
* Access to computer rooms.
Year 11 students are offered intervention time after school to support in their GCSE. There are currently no trips abroad planned for this school year.