Modern Foreign Languages

Welcome to the Modern Foreign Language Department 

 

A Modern Foreign Language is compulsory for all pupils in Years 7-9. The choice at The Ripley Academy is between French and Spanish. In year 10 pupils may choose to continue their studies to GCSE level, particularly in support of their English Baccalaureate.

 

Staff

 

Mr R Pardo Roques - Head of Department and Teacher of Spanish

Mrs S Stanford – Teacher of French

 

Key Stage 3 French and Spanish overview

 

French Years 7, 8 and 9 GCSE

 

Year Autumn 1 Autumn 2 Spring 1 Spring 2 Summer 1
7 Studio 1.1
  • Using regular –er verbs (je/tu/il/elle)
  • Using avoir (je/tu/il/elle)
  • Adjective agreement (sing/plu)
  • Using present (je/tu/il/elle)
Studio 1.2
  • Questions
  • Opinions with reasons
  • Using on to say we
  • Partitive articles (du/de la/de l’/des)
Studio 1.3
  • Using regular –er verbs
  • Using jouer à
  • Using faire
  • Using aimer + infinitive
  • Using ils / ells
  • Passive and active vocabulary
Studio 1.4
  • Using il ya / il n’y a pas de…
  • When to use tu / vous
  • Using à + definite article
  • Using je veux/ tu veux + infinitive
  • Using on peut + infinitve
  • Avoiding distractors
Studio 1.5
  • Using nous to say we
  • Using reflexive verbs (singular)
  • Using high numbers
  • Using near future tense
  • Using je voudrais + infinitive
  • Little words
8 Studio 2.1
  • Using regular –er verbs (red)
  • Present tense avoir + être (red)
  • ir and re verbs (red)
  • aller and faire (faire green)
  • The perfect tense (red)
  • Subject pronouns (green)
  • Using on (green)
  • Agreement (green)
  • Passive and active vocabulary (red and green)
Studio 2.2
  • Perfect Tense of regular verbs (red)
  • Perfect Tense of irregular verbs (red)
  • C’était and j’ai trouvé ça (red)
  • Perfect tense with être (red)
  • On peut + infinitive (green)
  • J’aime + infinitive (green)
  • Perfect tense of visiter (green)
  • Perfect tense of er verbs (green)
  • Avoiding distractors (red and green)
Studio 2.3
  • Adjectival agreement (red and green)
  • Reflexive verbs (red)
  • The near future (red and green)
  • Past, present+future tenses (red)
  • Practice using pronoun on (red)
  • Perfect tense introduction (green)
  • False friends (red and green)
  • Little words (red and green)
Studio 2.4
  • Comparative adjectives (red)
  • Prepositions (red and green)
  • Boire and prendre (red)
  • Il faut (red and green)
  • Three tenses together (red)
  • J’habite/je voudrais + habiter
  • Near future (green)
  • Opinions through adjectives (red and green)
Studio 2.5
  • Vouloir + infinitives (red)
  • Pouvoir + devoir (red and green)
  • The imperative (green)
  • Superlative adjectives (red)
  • Variety of structures and tenses (red and green)
  • Infinitive focus (green)
  • Adjectives (green)
  • Negatives and intensifiers (red & green)
  • Avoiding distractors (red & green)
9 GCSE Studio 3.1 GCSE
  • Present tense verbs (red and green)
  • Direct object pronouns (red)
  • Near future tense (red)
  • Perfect tense (green with on)
  • Using 3 tenses (red)
  • Using avoir and être (green)
  • Using aller (green)
  • Avoiding distractors (red and green)
Studio 3.2 GCSE
  • Using à + definite article (red and green)
  • Using Il faut (red and green)
  • Using future tense (red)
  • Using 3 tenses together (red)
  • Use (du/de la/de l’/des) (green)
  • Using near future (green)
  • Using 2 tenses together (green)
  • False friends and little words (red and green)
Studio 3.3 GCSE
  • Masculine and feminine (red and green)
  • Modal verbs (red)
  • Imperfect tense (red)
  • Different tenses together (red)
  • Using near future (green)
  • Using on peut (green)
  • Irregular verbs (green)
  • Opinions through adjectives (red and green)
Studio 3.4 GCSE
  • Using inversion for questions (red)
  • Using the conditional (red)
  • Using reflexive verbs (red and green)
  • Combining tenses (3 green)
  • Emphatic pronouns (red)
  • Je voudrais + infinitive (green)
  • The perfect tense (green)
  • Negatives and intensifiers
Studio 3.5 GCSE
  • Expressions with avoir
  • Using direct object pronouns (red)
  • Using si in complex sentences (red)
  • Complex structures (red)
  • J’ai le droit de + inf (green)
  • Using possessives (green)
  • Inf to mean -ing (green)
  • Passive and active vocabulary (red and green)

 

Spanish Years 7, 8 and 9 GCSE

 

Year Autumn 1 Autumn 2 Spring 1 Spring 2 Summer 1
7 Viva 1.1
  • Adjective agreement
  • Definite and indefinite articles
  • Using tener
  • Connectives
  • Intensifiers
  • Numbers and alphabet
Viva 1.2
  • Opinions and infinitives
  • AR verbs
  • Irregular and stem-changing verbs
  • Cognates
Viva 1.3
  • ‘We’ form
  • Using ‘porque’
  • Plural articles and opinions
  • ER/IR verb paradigms
  • Passive and active vocabulary
  • Little words
Viva 1.4
  • Possessives
  • Irregular verbs Tener, Ser and estar
  • Dictionary skills
  • Adjectives
  • Large numbers
  • Avoiding distractors
Viva 1.5
  • a / some / many
  • Time
  • The verb ir
  • Stem changing verbs
  • Near future + inf
  • Sequencers
  • Passive and active vocabulary
8 Viva 2.1
  • Preterite tense of ‘ir’ and ‘ser’
  • Preterite tense of ‘ar’, ‘er’ and ‘ir’
  • Time expressions
  • Negatives
  • Ser v estar
  • Passive and active vocabulary
Viva 2.2
  • Present tense
  • Opinions with articles
  • Comparatives
  • Hacer
  • Using present and preterite
  • Avoiding distractors
Viva 2.3
  • Negatives
  • Tu and Usted
  • Near future
  • Using 3 tenses together
  • False friends and little words
  • Opinions through adjectives
Viva 2.4
  • Conditional tense
  • Stem changing modals
  • Reflexive
  • Adjective agreement
  • This / These
  • Using 3 tenses together
Viva 2.5
  • Superlatives and comparative
  • Imperatives + directions
  • Time expressions
  • Better/best – worst/worse
  • Negatives and intensifiers
  • Avoiding distractors
9 GCSE Viva 3.1 GCSE
  • Opinions and articles
  • Irregular verbs (red and green)
  • Present tense (red and green)
  • Near future (red and green)
  • Preterite
  • Stem changing verbs
  • Ser v estar
  • Avoiding distractors (red and green)
Viva 3.2 GCSE
  • Modal verbs (Tener que) (red and green)
  • Therefore
  • Agreement (red and green)
  • Present and near future
  • Present and preterite (red and green)
  • Using 3 tenses reg and irreg
  • False friends & little words (red & green)
Viva 3.3 GCSE
  • Direct object pronouns
  • Stem change (red and green)
  • Reflexive (red and green)
  • Se debe
  • Doler reflexive stem change (red and green)
  • Complex sentences
  • Estar (green only)
  • Opinions through adjectives (red & green)
Viva 3.4 GCSE
  • Poder stem changing (red)
  • Using 3rd person (red and green)
  • Se debería (red and green)
  • Para + infinitive (red and gree)
  • Imperfect tense (red and green)
  • Dictionary skills (red and Green)
  • 1st person plural (green only)
  • The comparative (green only)
  • Negatives and intensifiers
Viva 3.5 GCSE
  • Other uses of tener (9 uses) (red and green)
  • Superlatives (red and green)
  • Comparatives (red)
  • Future tense (red)
  • If clauses
    • Using three tenses together (red)
    • Tu and Usted (green only)
    • Irregular preterites (green only)
    • Passive & active vocab (red & green)

 

GCSE Exam Board AQA - Click here for French specification Click here for Spanish specification

 

French Year 10 Overview

 

10 GCSE Studio GCSE.1
  • Irregular verbs in present (H)
  • Reflexive in present (F+H)
  • Near future tense (F+H)
  • Perfect tense (F+H)
  • Imperfect tense (H)
  • Irregular er verbs in present (F only)
  • Passive and active vocabulary (F+H)
Studio GCSE.2
  • Depuis + present tense (F+H)
  • Comparative (F+H)
  • Imperfect tense (H)
  • Direct object pronouns (le, la, les) (H)
  • Superlative adjectives (H)
  • Irregular present (F only)
  • perfect (F only)
  • negatives (F only)
  • Intensifiers (F only)
Studio GCSE.3
  • Using Pouvoir and devoir (F+H)
  • Pronoun en (H)
  • Tu and vous forms (H)
  • Venir de + infinitive
  • Combining tenses (F+H)
  • Quel(ls) /quelle(s) / ce /cet /cette /ces (F only)
  • Est-ce que? qu-est ce que? (F only)
  • Opinions with adjectives (H+F)
Studio GCSE.4
  • Pronoun y (H)
  • Using negatives (F+H)
  • Quel/quelle/quells/quelles
  • Future tense (H)
  • Using si in complex sentences (F only)
  • Negatives (F only)
  • False friends and little words (H+F)
  • Avoiding distractors (F+H)
Studio GCSE.5
  • Conditional (H)
  • Reflexive verbs in perfect (H)
  • En + past participle (H)
  • Use avant de + infinitive (H)
  • Demonstrative adj + pronouns (H)
  • Using pluperfect tense (H)
  • Nous form/ Notre/nos (F only)
  • Comparative / Perfect tense and avoir (F only)

Spanish Year 10 Overview

10 GCSE Viva GCSE.1
  • Preterite revision (F+H)
  • Present revision (F+H)
  • Opinion verbs revision (F+H)
  • Preterite irrgulars (F+H)
  • Using Usted (F+H)
  • Ser v estar (F+H)
  • Passive and active vocabulary (F+H)
Viva GCSE.2
  • Adjective revision (F+H)
  • Superlatives and comparatives (F+H)
  • Negatives (F+H)
  • Imperfect (F+H)
  • Infinitive phrases (F+H)
  • Near future (F+H)
  • Direct object pronouns (F+H)
  • Negatives and intensifiers (F+H)
Viva GCSE.3
  • Present tense revision (F+H)
  • Adjective agreement (F+H)
  • Para with infinitives (F+H)
  • Present continuous (F+H)
  • Range of connectives (F+H)
  • ser and estar (F+H)
  • Relationship verbs (H)
  • Opinions with adjectives (H+F)
Viva GCSE.4
  • Stem-changing verbs (F+H)
  • Adjectives of nationality (F+H)
  • Soler+infinitive (H - (F suelo only)
  • Imperfect (F+H)
  • Perfect (H) (F do he/she form)
  • Algunos /ciertos/otros / muchos/ demasiados/todos (F+H)
  • False friends and little words (H+F)
  • Avoiding distractors (F+H)
Viva GCSE.5
  • Directions (F+H)
  • Se puede/Se pueden (F+H)
  • Future (F+H)
  • Exclamations/ tan tanto (F only)
  • Demonstrative adjectives (F+H)
  • Conditional (F+ H)
  • Recognising idioms (H)
  • Passive and active vocabulary (F+H)

 

French Year 11 Overview

 

11 GCSE Studio GCSE.6
  • Pronouns il, elle, ils and ells (H)
  • Il faut and il est interdit de (F+H)
  • Using the imperative (H)
  • Past, present and future time frames – (ils form F only)
  • Direct object pronouns (F only)
  • Adverbs (F only)
  • Passive and active vocabulary (F+H)
  • Opinions with adjectives (F)
Studio GCSE.7
  • Superlatives and comparatives (F+H)
  • Subjunctive (H)
  • Direct object pronouns in Perfect tense (H)
  • Verbs followed by à or de (H)
  • Conditional / simple future (F only)
  • Pres /perf /cond /imp (F only)
  • Negatives and intensifiers (F only)
  • Avoiding distractors (F+H)
Studio GCSE.8
  • Modal verbs in conditional (H)
  • Passive voice (F+H)
  • Indirect object pronouns (H)
  • Simple future (F only)
  • On doit and on peut + inf (F only)
  • Empathic pronouns (F only)
  • Three time frames (F only)
  • False friends and little words (H+F)
  • Passive and active vocabulary (F+H)
Interleaved revision and speaking prep

 

Spanish Year 11 Overview

 

 

11 GCSE Viva GCSE.6
  • Reflexive (Present + preterite) (F+H)
  • Passive and avoiding passive (H)
  • Increase / decrease vocab (H)
  • Question words (H)
  • Absolute superlatives (H)
  • Infinitive expressions (F+H)
  • Me gusta / Me gustaría (F only)
  • We and they forms (F only)
  • Passive and active vocabulary (F+H)
  • Opinions with adjectives (F)
Viva GCSE.7
  • Soler in imperfect (F+H)
  • Preterite and imperfect (F+H)
  • Avoiding ‘and’ (F+H)
  • Present / Present continuous (F+H)
  • Saber v Conocer (F+H)
  • Indirect object pronouns (H)
  • Subjunctive with cuando (H)
  • Verbs followed by infinitive (F only)
  • If clauses, Perfect and lo+adj (F only)
  • Negatives and intensifiers (F only)
  • Avoiding distractors (F+H)
Viva GCSE.8
  • Present subjunctive (H)
  • Subjunctive in commands (H)
  • Tense comprehension (H)
  • Extended reasons (H)
  • Pluperfect tense (H)
  • Imperfect continuous (H)
  • Grammar in translation (F+H)
  • Superlative (F only)
  • Se debería (F only)
Interleaved revision and speaking prep


Assessment

Formal = Exam conditions

Informal = In class time/group work/peer work etc.

 

Type of Assessment Frequency Content
Formal GCSE Final exams End of course

Listening – exam paper 25%

Reading – exam paper 25%

Writing  – exam paper 25%

Speaking – with examiner and formal preparation period 25%

Formal Mock Exams When scheduled on Calendar for Y11 and Y10

Listening – exam paper

Reading – exam paper

Writing  – exam paper

Speaking – examiner assessed with formal preparation period

Formal end of unit assessments Every half term plus end of year

Listening – Assessment Booklet exam question

Reading – Assessment Booklet exam question

Writing  – Assessment Booklet exam question

Speaking – In class teacher assessed

Informal Progress tests Numerous times during lesson

Listening and reading:

  • Choose and match correct answer
  • Matching tasks
  • Correct X number of answers out of X number of possibilities
  • Classify: True, False or not mentioned
  • Short comprehension
  • Classify: Positive, negative or not mentioned
  • Infer
  • Multiple choice
  • Long comprehension
  • Paraphrase

Written paragraphs

Translations

Speed speaking

Musical chairs speaking

Paired speaking

Informal Self/peer assessment Bi-weekly on average Pupils assess writing and speaking by:
  • Self-assessment against given criteria by circling criteria and underling corresponding evidence
  • Peer-assessment done as self-assessment but with highlighting (allows comparison on same criteria)

 

Enrichment opportunities

  • Annual international trips to France and Spain
  • Spain trip usually takes place in July in the region of Cataluña. Recent excursions have included:
    • The Cava wine cellars of Codorniu
    • The monastery of Montserrat
    • The towns of Tordera and Girona
    • Barcelona including the football stadium and the Ramblas
    • The Roman amphitheatre at Tarragona
    • The theme park of Port Aventura
  • GCSE trips to intensive language courses in France or Spain

 

Useful links for revision:

www.pearsonactivelearn.com