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Modern Foreign Languages

Welcome to our MFL section

Welcome to the MFL department. Spanish is studied from Years 7-11 and is compulsory at KS3.  Within these pages you will find lots of information about the subject and how the department operates.

KS4 is offered as an option and with the introduction of the new Ebacc certificate is now a popular choice. A high number of pupils are actively encouraged to study the subject.

Mrs K Woodman

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Introduction

¡Bienvenidos!

Language learning can be one of the most enjoyable and rewarding experiences. Through learning languages, we can learn social sills, team work skills, communication skills, confidence and flexibility to name a few. These are all skills that employers look for. When applying for jobs, if you can speak a foreign language, you are much more likely to be successful and get the job you have always dreamed of.

 

Key Stage 3

Years 7-8

In years 7 and 8 students learn the skills necessary to communicate in Spanish. We follow a course based upon the ‘Viva’ textbooks. Students have two hours of Spanish a week. Language lessons are planned to start to build the necessary skills for the GCSE exam, as well as incorporating fun and interactive activities, in order to give the pupils a good grasp of the language. All four skills are developed (listening, speaking, reading and writing) through a variety of activities. Throughout these years, students are not only learning the language, but they are also introduced to the culture and history of Spain and other Spanish speaking countries.

Homework tasks are set weekly and will include a minimum of a learning task each week – students will be expected to learn a list of key words and they will be expected to spell them correctly. It is vital that students regularly learn vocabulary, as it is the key to understanding the language.

There is ongoing assessment and students are encouraged to check their own progress regularly. Students are also encouraged to ask for help when needed. Spanish rooms are always available to complete homework if needed.

In Year 9 students are placed into groups according to their guided choices. Students start the GCSE course, but at a level that is suitable for all levels of ability. Students in Year 9 also have two hours of Spanish a week.

This year, students will continue to build on and perfect the skills learned in years 7 and 8, but with a heavier focus on exam skills and grammar. There is a focus on the ability to write paragraphs unaided and develop their spoken skills. They are also encouraged to be more creative and imaginative in their use of language.  Students are encouraged to employ a range of tenses, opinions and connectives in written and spoken tasks with a significant focus on accuracy.

Homework tasks are set weekly and will include a range of activities, ranging from vocabulary learning, to writing longer texts and to translations. In the Summer term, students will be set a second piece of homework which will be a retrieval practice task, to revise some of the content studied in the Autumn and Spring terms.

Key Stage 4 – Years 10/11

The Spanish GCSE is a course which builds on and further develops the work and topics covered in KS3. By the end of the course, students should feel confident in their ability to communicate with native speakers in both speech and writing. They should also develop an awareness and understanding of the culture and identity of the countries where Spanish is spoken. They study a range of topics under the 3 themes of: Identity and Culture; Local, national, international and global areas of interest and Current and Future Study and Employment.

All four skills (reading, writing, speaking and listening) will be assessed at the end of year 11. There is no coursework, rather the course is all assessed by exams. Students can be entered for either Foundation (grades 1-5) or Higher tier (grades 4-9), but must complete the same tier for all four skills. All exams will make reference to the countries where Spanish is spoken. Exams will use authentic materials e.g. adverts, poems, literary texts, emails and text messages.

Unit 1: Listening (25%) takes place in the May/ June exam period in year 11

Unit 2: Speaking (25%) takes place at school between April & May in year 11

Unit 3: Reading (25%) takes place in the May/ June exam period in year 11

Unit 4: Writing (25%) takes place in the May/ June exam period in year 11

In Year 10 and 11 students study the use of verbs and grammatical structures in the following contexts –

  • Me, my family and friends
  • Technology in everyday life
  • Free-time activities
  • Home, town, neighbourhood and region
  • Social issues
  • Global issues
  • Travel and tourism
  • My studies
  • Life at school/ college
  • Education post-16
  • Jobs, career choices and ambitions

Exam information

Exam title: GCSE Spanish

Exam board: AQA

Barcelona Trip

Spain Trip

Hola everyone.  By now many of you should have been in Barcelona discovering and exploring the city with myself and some of the other staff. Unfortunately this has not been possible, so instead I have a virtual trip to Barcelona for you all.  Open and start the powerpoint and simply follow the links and activities as directed on the slides. Choose Barcelona as your destination and then get exploring! Many of the sites in this virtual trip were places we should have been going to so it will be great for you to find out more about them.  At the end there is a quiz so make sure you visit everywhere. Even if you weren’t going to Barcelona this year, still have a look (parents and staff too) It is a really interesting place to visit.
Have fun.
Miss Mounsey.

Activities within the Department

Spanglovision

After the success of last year, this year we see the return of our ‘Spanglovision’ competition. All year 7 forms have to learn a song in Spanish in their Spanish lessons and during form times. This is recorded as a form and with their form teacher. The songs are then shown to the whole school, who then proceed to vote for their favourite video. The winners will win a trophy and prizes for the whole form.

Revision Sessions

These are run every week. Some sessions are compulsory for some students. We run revision sessions based upon the needs of the students and activities range from speaking and listening tasks to reading and writing tasks.

 

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