Modern Foreign Languages

 

Head of Department: Mr Finneran

 

Our vision for the Modern Foreign Languages department here at Ark Greenwich Free School is one based on strong academic tradition, with a modern, relevant and culturally interesting twist. It is imperative that students leave Ark Greenwich Free School confident in their ability to communicate articulately in a number of foreign languages. Pupils should equally be provided with a toolkit of strategies to support them in their language learning skills. The interpersonal skills that they will gain through learning languages at GFS will enable pupils to take and develop these skills in any of their future endeavors. It is essential that Ark Greenwich Free School linguists are well rounded individuals, confident in their ability, and able to use their linguistic knowledge to expand their horizons. 

 

Those who know nothing of foreign languages know nothing of their own.
‒Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

 

Key Stage 3 curriculum

 

Our aim at Key Stage 3 is to ensure we provide all our students with the necessary tools and foundations to build upon at Key Stage 4. Students in Year 7 will be allocated a language as a form group and will continue with this until Year 11. We instill a love for languages through our passionate and highly skilled specialist teachers and ensure students understand the importance and appreciation of a language in an increasingly globalised society.

 

Year 7:

 

 

Content covered

What is being assessed in the end of term exam

Term 1
  • Family members
  • Jobs
  • Character & personality
  • Countries & nationalities
  • Physical descriptions
  • Hobbies & interests
  • Sports

 

Listening exam

Reading exam

Writing exam

Speaking exam

Term 2
  • Describing your home
  • Types of accommodation
  • Where you would like to live
  • Prepositions
  • Describing town
  • Activities in town

 

Listening exam

Reading exam

Writing exam

Speaking exam

Term3
  • School subjects
  • Opinions of subjects
  • Describing timetable
  • Describing school day
  • Talking about food

 

Listening exam

Reading exam

Writing exam

Speaking exam

 

Year 8:

 

 

Content covered

What is being assessed in the end of term exam

 

French

Spanish

Term 1
  • Parts of the body + articles
  • Sport
  • Talking about eating healthily
  • Making plans to get fit
  • Describing levels of fitness
  • Diet
  • Types of food/mealtimes
  • Types of food you like
  • Describing mealtimes
  • Ordering a meal
  • Describing a party
  • Diet
  • Lifestyle
  • Daily routine
  • Ailments
  • Getting fit
Listening exam

Reading exam

Writing exam

Speaking exam

Term 2
  • Recap describing people
  • Recap places in town & time
  • Friends
  • Family relationships
  • Describing family & friends
  • Future relationships
  • Plans to go out
  • Describing past activities
  • Discussing role models
  • Life when you were younger
  • Countries & nationalities
  • Holiday activities & weather
  • Holiday preferences
  • Describing a past holiday
  • Describing where you stayed
  • Booking accommodation & dealing with problems

 

Listening exam

Reading exam

Writing exam

Speaking exam

Term3
  • Leisure activities
  • Films & going to the cinema
  • Sports in the past/ new sports
  • Technology
  • Reading & Music
  • Comparing TV programmes
  • Night out with friends in the past
  • Actors and films
  • Opinions about schools subjects
  • Describing school day & uniform
  • Describing your school
  • School rules & problems
  • Plans for  school exchange
  • Activities & achievements
  • Good & bad aspects of school
Listening exam

Reading exam

Writing exam

Speaking exam

 

KS3 Revision

 

In Modern Foreign Languages students are advised and encouraged to revise regularly in order to obtain the content learnt in lessons. Students have weekly vocabulary tests and use revision strategies such as look, cover, write, check; revision cards; recording themselves talking; online websites; revision maps; and knowledge organisers to name a few. Students are also encouraged to use these techniques before the end of term assessments. Students will be given dedicated revision sessions before the exams and look at exam technique and exemplar exam questions to aid with their revision.

 

Key stage 4 curriculum

 

In Key Stage 4 students follow the Edexcel GCSE specification. These topics are taught from the beginning of year 9 so all topics can be covered thoroughly and for maximum exposure. Students will then have the chance to revise these topics in year 11 prior to their GCSE exams. Lessons include the five skills of listening, reading, writing, speaking and translation and we focus on ensuring students communicate effectively and confidently in their language. It is our aim to inspire pupils so that they extend and pursue language learning beyond their time with us and prepare them to be competent global citizens though their knowledge of languages and appreciation of foreign cultures.

 

Year 9:

 

 

Topics

What is being assessed in the end of term exam

 

French

Spanish

Term 1
  • Recap food & eating out
  • Types of clothing
  • Daily life
  • Problems with clothes
  • Festivals and Traditions
  • Special meals
  • Family celebrations

 

  • Socialising & family
  • Talking about friends
  • Describing people/relationships
  • Future plans
  • Marriage & partnerships
  • Social networks
  • Making arrangements
  • Reading  preferences

 

Listening exam

Reading exam

Writing exam

Speaking exam

Term 2
  • Describing homes
  • Recap Town and its activities
  • Recap places & directions
  • Describing a region
  • Tourist information
  • Plans and Weather
  • Description of town, village, neighbourhood
  • Community projects
  • Free time activities
  • TV programmes & films
  • Sports
  • What’s trending
  • Entertainment
  • Good & bad of social media
  • Opinions about mobile technology
  • Who inspires you
Listening exam

Reading exam

Writing exam

Speaking exam

Term3
  • Holiday activities
  • Hotel accommodation, booking and reviewing
  • Travelling
  • Past holiday activities
  • Ordering in a restaurant
  • Holiday disasters
  • Ideal holidays

 

  • Places in town
  • Shops
  • Features of a region
  • Living in a town vs countryside
  • Planning what to do
  • Shopping for clothes & presents
  • Problems in a town
  • Describing a visit in the past
Listening exam

Reading exam

Writing exam

Speaking exam

 

Year 10:

 

 

Topics

What is being assessed in the end of term exam

 

French

Spanish

Term 1
  • School subjects & timetable
  • Subjects & school facilities
  • School here & school in France
  • Rules, regulations & uniform
  • School activities
  • Successes at school
  • Getting the best out of school
  • School trips/exchanges
  • Ideal school
  • Mealtimes
  • Illnesses & injuries
  • Typical foods
  • Festivals / Spanish culture
  • Local customs
  • Latin American culture
  • Ordering in a restaurant
  • Music festival

 

Listening exam

Reading exam

Writing exam

Speaking exam

Term 2
  • Jobs
  • Work preferences
  • Plans, hopes and wishes
  • The importance of languages
  • Earning money
  • Work experience
  • Applying for jobs
  • University & apprenticeships

 

  • Different jobs/ideal job
  • Earning money
  • Work experience
  • Languages & travel
  • Applying for a summer job
  • Plans for the future
  • Gap years
  • Benefits of higher education

 

Listening exam

Reading exam

Writing exam

Speaking exam

Term3
  • Environmental concerns
  • Problems in the world
  • The planet (weather & natural disasters)
  • Protecting the environment
  • Ethical shopping
  • Volunteering
  • Big events

 

  • Types of houses
  • Healthy eating
  • Global issues
  • Local actions
  • Natural disasters
  • Healthy lifestyles
  • International sporting events
  • Charities & volunteering
  • Helping others & the homeless
Listening exam

Reading exam

Writing exam

Speaking exam

 

 

Year 11:

 

Topics

What is being assessed in the end of term exam

 

French

Spanish

Term 1

Identity & culture

Local area, holiday & travel

  • Roleplay & photocard practice
  • Conversation practice
  • Translation practice
  • Writing practice
  • Listening practice
  • Reading practice
  • Past papers & exam technique

 

Identity & culture

Local area, holiday & travel

  • Roleplay & photocard practice
  • Conversation practice
  • Translation practice
  • Writing practice
  • Listening practice
  • Reading practice
  • Past papers & exam technique

 

Listening exam

Reading exam

Writing exam

Speaking exam

Term 2
  •  

Future aspirations, study & work

  • Roleplay & photocard practice
  • Conversation practice
  • Translation practice
  • Writing practice
  • Listening practice
  • Reading practice
  • Past papers & exam technique

 

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Future aspirations, study & work

  • Roleplay & photocard practice
  • Conversation practice
  • Translation practice
  • Writing practice
  • Listening practice
  • Reading practice
  • Past papers & exam technique

 

Listening exam

Reading exam

Writing exam

Speaking exam

Term3

International and global dimension

  • Roleplay & photocard practice
  • Conversation practice
  • Translation practice
  • Writing practice
  • Listening practice
  • Reading practice
  • Past papers & exam technique

 

International and global dimension

  • Roleplay & photocard practice
  • Conversation practice
  • Translation practice
  • Writing practice
  • Listening practice
  • Reading practice
  • Past papers & exam technique

 

Listening exam

Reading exam

Writing exam

Speaking exam

 

KS4 Revision

Students are provided with revision guides and workbooks when they begin KS4 as well as a revision calendar to aid with their revision timetables. Students are provided with a wealth of revision materials every term and are encouraged to attend revision sessions after school for extra support. Intervention sessions run weekly for all year 11 students.

 

Feedback

In both KS3 and KS4 students are provided with a piece of written feedback every 5-6 lessons. Teachers use literacy codes as well as feedback targets in order for students to make maximum progress. Students also receive various other forms of feedback throughout their lessons. Thes include but are not limited to: Oral feedback from your teacher individually or as a class, whole class feedback on a feedback crib sheet, peer assessment (including your weekly vocabulary tests), questioning in class, exit tickets and end of term assessments

 

Ambition and careers

Learning a language is not only a useful tool but it also sets you up for life. Language skills are in demand and can be used in almost any career, particularly in business. Studying a language makes you a good communicator, both orally and in writing. It allows you to understand your own language better and can open up pathways which would not be available to you without having studied a language. As university places become even harder to obtain, a GCSE in a MFL will allow you to study in one of the top universities nationally or even internationally. Some careers in MFL can include:

  • Journalist
  • Interpreter
  • Translator
  • Teacher
  • Trading
  • Charity worker
  • Marketing executive
  • Finance
  • Espionage

 

Enrichment and Drop Down Days

 

The Modern Foreign Language department believes in the importance of experiencing and experimenting with the language learnt in school at first hand and have three international trips which take place every year. Students studying French in KS4 have the opportunity to go to Paris including a visit to Disneyland. Students studying Spanish in KS4 have the opportunity to visit Barcelona including the Camp Nou stadium. Students studying in KS3 have a variety of extra-curricular opportunities such as a day trip to Boulogne, visits to the French institute, cultural days in school and shows performed by  theatre companies.