MFL (Languages)

The world is becoming a smaller place.  Learning a language helps to foster our curiosity and deepen our understanding of the world.  It provides opportunities for us to communicate for practical purposes, learn new ways of thinking and equips us to study and work in other countries.  Only 38% of British people are able to speak a foreign language, compared to 56% in the European Union. However at Sedgehill, we are proud to have very many successful language learners who already speak a range of languages at home or who have begun to learn a language at primary school.  These skills are built upon through further study of French, German or Spanish.  Learning a language is fun and provides an opening into different cultures and our richly diverse world.

Our teaching is interactive, creative and challenging and we provide a learning environment which builds students’ confidence and communication skills to make them successful linguists.

KS3 

Students are allocated Spanish or French building on the foundations of language learning laid at key stage 2, whether pupils continue with the same language or take up a new one. Teaching focuses on developing the breadth and depth of pupils’ competence in 4 skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing, based on a sound foundation of core grammar and vocabulary.

Year 7    
1. Greetings /dates/numbers/colours, classroom objects
2. Family and friends .
3. At home
4. In town.
5. My day ( routine )
6. Free time

Year 8   
1. My Holiday
2. Food and drink
3. People/personalities and hobbies
4. In town/transports, activities
5. Clothes/fashion
6. Going out

KS4 

Current year 11 (2016-2017 only)
This GCSE specification is ending at the end of the 2016-2017 academic year

  • Term 1 – Lifestyle – Relationships & Choices ***C.A writing and speaking – letter to a problem page.
    (Family & friends: future plans; marriage; social issues; equality.)
  • Term 2 – Home & Environment – Environment
    (Problems: being environmentally-friendly at home and in the community.)
  • Term 3 – past papers; revision

The Controlled Assessments (CA) count for 60% towards the final grade and are completed under timed supervision in class.

Listening and Reading papers are completed in exam condition in the spring term and count for 40 % of the final grade.

Current year 10 - French 8658 & Spanish 8698 GCSE AQA Examination Board

Core content:

Students study all of the following themes on which the assessments are based.
Theme 1: Identity and culture
Theme 2: Local, national, international and global areas of interest
Theme 3: Current and future study and employment

Assessments
GCSE French & Spanish have a Foundation Tier (grades 1–5) and a Higher Tier (grades 4–9). Students must take all four question papers at the same tier. All question papers must be taken in the same series.

Paper 1: Listening
What's assessed
Understanding and responding to different types of spoken language
How it's assessed
• Written exam: 35 minutes (Foundation Tier), 45 minutes (Higher Tier)
• 40 marks (Foundation Tier), 50 marks (Higher Tier)
• 25% of GCSE
(Each exam includes 5 minutes’ reading time of the question paper before the listening stimulus is played.)
Questions
Foundation Tier and Higher Tier
• Section A – questions in English, to be answered in English or non-verbally
• Section B – questions in French/ Spanish, to be answered in French/ Spanish or non-verbally

Paper 2: Speaking
What's assessed
Communicating and interacting effectively in speech for a variety of purposes
How it's assessed
• Non-exam assessment
• 7–9 minutes (Foundation Tier) + preparation time
• 10–12 minutes (Higher Tier) + preparation time
• 60 marks (for each of Foundation Tier and Higher Tier)
• 25% of GCSE
Questions
Foundation Tier and Higher Tier
The format is the same at Foundation Tier and Higher Tier, but with different stimulus questions for the Photo card and different stimulus materials for the Role-play. The timings are different too:
• Role-play – 15 marks (2 minutes at Foundation Tier; 2 minutes at Higher Tier)
• Photo card – 15 marks (2 minutes at Foundation Tier; 3 minutes at Higher Tier)
• General conversation – 30 marks (3–5 minutes at Foundation Tier; 5–7 minutes at Higher Tier)

Paper 3: Reading
What's assessed
Understanding and responding to different types of written language
How it's assessed
• Written exam: 45 minutes (Foundation Tier), 1 hour (Higher Tier)
• 60 marks (for each of Foundation Tier and Higher Tier)
• 25% of GCSE
Questions
Foundation Tier and Higher Tier
• Section A – questions in English, to be answered in English or non-verbally
• Section B – questions in French/ Spanish, to be answered in French/ Spanish or non-verbally
• Section C – translation from French/ Spanish  into English (a minimum of 35 words for Foundation Tier and 50 words for Higher Tier)

Paper 4: Writing
What's assessed
Communicating effectively in writing for a variety of purposes
How it's assessed
• Written exam: 1 hour (Foundation Tier), 1 hour 15 minutes (Higher Tier)
• 50 marks at Foundation Tier and 60 marks at Higher Tier
• 25% of GCSE
Questions
Foundation Tier
• Question 1 – message (student produces four sentences in response to a photo) – 8 marks
• Question 2 – short passage (student writes a piece of continuous text in response to four brief bullet points, approximately 40 words in total) – 16 marks
• Question 3 – translation from English into French/ Spanish (minimum 35 words) – 10 marks
• Question 4 – structured writing task (student responds to four compulsory detailed bullet points, producing approximately 90 words in total) – there is a choice from two questions – 16 marks
Higher Tier
• Question 1 – structured writing task (student responds to four compulsory detailed bullet points, producing approximately 90 words in total) – there is a choice from two questions – 16 marks
• Question 2 – open-ended writing task (student responds to two compulsory detailed bullet points, producing approximately 150 words in total) – there is a choice from two questions – 32 marks
• Question 3 – translation from English into French/ Spanish (minimum 50 words) – 12 marks