Modern Foreign Languages

Welcome to the Modern Foreign Languages 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.

French Speaking and Listening Revision materials

June Higher 2012 – http://qualifications.pearson.com/content/dam/pdf/GCSE/Spanish/2009/Exam%20materials/2012%20GCSE%20Spanish%20Higher.zip

June Foundation 2012 – http://qualifications.pearson.com/content/dam/pdf/GCSE/Spanish/2009/Exam%20materials/2012%20GCSE%20Spanish%20Foundation.zip

Aims of the department

The aims of the department are 

  • To develop understanding of the spoken and written forms of the modern foreign language in a range of contexts 
  • To develop the ability to communicate effectively in the target language 
  • To develop knowledge and understanding of the grammar of the target language and the ability to apply it 
  • To develop knowledge of the culture of French and Spanish speaking countries. 
  • To provide enjoyment and intellectual stimulation, including opportunities for foreign travel 

 

The curriculum

The main course books, where used, are “Studio” for French and “Mira” for Spanish. Here is an overview of both the French & Spanish schemes of work for key stage 3. 

French – ‘Studio’

Lang and Year

Autumn 1

Autumn 2

Spring 1

Spring 2

Summer 1

Summer 2

Year 7 French

Studio 1

Module 1 C’est perso

Module 2 Mon college

Module 3 Mes passetemps

Module 4 Ma zone

Module 5 3 … 2 … 1 Partez!

Module 6 Studio découverte

Year 8 French

Studio 2

Module 1 T’es branché(e)

Module 2 Paris, je t’adore!

Module 3 Mon identité

Module 4 Chez moi, chez toi

Module 5 Quel talent!

Module 6 Studio découverte

Year 9 French

Studio 3

Module 1 Ma vie sociale d’ado

Module 2 Bien dans sa peau

Module 3 À l’horizon

Module 4 Spécial vacances

Module 5 Moi dans le monde

Skill focus and grammar focus

 

Spanish – ‘Mira’

Lang and Year

Autumn 1

Autumn 2

Spring 1

Spring 2

Summer 1

Summer 2

Year 7 Spanish

¡Mira! 1

Módulo 1 ¡Vamos!

Módulo 2 En el instituto

Módulo 3 Mi familia

Módulo 4 En casa

Módulo 5 El tiempo libre

Módulo 6 En la ciudad

Year 8 Spanish

¡Mira! 2

¡MIRA! 2 Módulo 1 Mi Vida

Módulo 2 Diviértete

Módulo 3 Mis vacaciones

Módulo 4 La comida

Módulo 5 De moda

Módulo 6 La Salud

Year 9 Spanish

¡Mira! 3

Módulo 1 Los medios de comunicación

Módulo 2 – En el instituto

Módulo 3 – La Salud

Módulo 4 Ganarse la vida

Módulo 5 Hispanoamérica

Módulo 6 Mi casa es tu casa

Regular formal assessment is built into each unit of work. In addition, continuous oral assessment is undertaken throughout the course. 

 

KEY STAGE 4:

Languages are compulsorily for pupils aiming for their English Baccalaureate and optional for other pupils at GCSE. 

We currently use Edexcel to examine students for GCSE. They can take either foundation level (grade G - C) or higher level (grade E - A*) papers.

Listening

20%

In addition to the times indicated below, students have five minutes in which to read through the paper before the examination starts. This gives students an opportunity to familiarise themselves with the length and the layout of the examination paper before hearing the recordings.

Foundation tier: 25 minutes plus 5 minutes reading time

Higher tier: 35 minutes plus 5 minutes reading time

Speaking 

30%

Centres must submit the marks from each student’s two speaking tasks. Although it is anticipated that both will relate to one theme, the two tasks could be linked to different themes. Marks must be submitted from each student that relate to two different task types chosen from the following: an open interaction a picture-based free-flowing discussion a presentation followed by discussion. Each task should last approximately 4-6 minutes and must take place in controlled conditions. 

Reading

20%

Students will be asked to demonstrate their understanding of a number of short texts. The texts will be in a range of contexts and styles, both formal and informal.

Foundation tier: 35 minutes

Higher tier: 50 minutes 

Writing

30%

The student must complete two separate writing tasks* and each must be undertaken in controlled conditions in a single assessment session of no more than one hour. Although assessment is time constrained and primarily qualitative rather than quantitative, it is anticipated that students will produce at least 200 words in each of the two assessment sessions for a C grade. 

 

1. Media and culture

Music/film/reading

Fashion/celebrities/religion

Blogs/internet

 

2. Sport and leisure Hobbies/interests

Sporting events

Lifestyle choices

 

3. Travel and tourism

Holidays

Accommodation

Eating, food, drink

 

4. Business, work and employment

Work experience/part-time jobs

 

 

Product or service information

We currently use EDEXCEL Foundation and Higher textbooks for GCSE Spanish. Pupils are also strongly recommended to provide themselves with a dictionary. We use Collins dictionaries in school.

For more information about course content at key stage 4, see “links” below.

Activities

A particularly successful and enjoyable part of the modern foreign language curriculum is the regular trip to Spain. This usually takes place in July in the region of Cataluňa. Recent excursions have included:

  • The Salvador Dali art museum at Figueras 
  • The Roman ruins of Ampurias 
  • 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

AS/A Level A-LEVEL French

Edexcel Specification 

Course summary

AS – Unit 1: Youth culture and concerns; the world around us; Education and employment; Lifestyle, health and fitness.

A Level – Unit 1: Environmental issues. Unit 2: Social and political issues. Unit 3: Study a book and/or a film and/or a region of France.

 

How will I be assessed?

First year for the AS:

Unit 1: Spoken expression and response in French. (30% of AS mark and 15% of overall A-LEVEL mark.)

Unit 2: Understanding and written response in French. (70% of AS mark, 35% of total A-LEVEL mark)

Second year for A-Level:

Unit 3: Understanding and spoken response in French. (17.5% of total A-LEVEL mark.)

Unit 4: Research, understanding and written response in French. (32.5% of total A-LEVEL mark.)

What careers would this course be useful for?

With a qualification in French you could go on to Further or Higher Education, studying French by itself or combined it with another subject (French and Law or French and Politics or French and Business are common ones).It is now very much recommended for a career in business, travel and tourism or any other job with an international dimension. 

What are the entry requirements?

Students are required to have B grade in French GCSE. Students may be considered with C grades under certain circumstances.

Who can I contact for more information?

Mrs Moss or Mrs Stanford via komunico.wix.com/mfldep

AS/A Level A-LEVEL Spanish

Edexcel Specification 

Course summary

AS – Unit 1: Youth culture and concerns; the world around us; Education and employment; Lifestyle, health and fitness.

A Level – Unit 1: Environmental issues. Unit 2: Social and political issues. Unit 3: Study a book and/or a film and/or a region of Spain.

 

How will I be assessed?

First year for the AS:

Unit 1: Spoken expression and response in Spanish. (30% of AS mark and 15% of overall A-LEVEL mark.)

Unit 2: Understanding and written response in Spanish. (70% of AS mark, 35% of total A-LEVEL mark)

Second year for A-Level:

Unit 3: Understanding and spoken response in Spanish. (17.5% of total A-LEVEL mark.)

Unit 4: Research, understanding and written response in Spanish. (32.5% of total A-LEVEL mark.)

What careers would this course be useful for?

With a qualification in Spanish you could go on to Further or Higher Education, studying Spanish by itself or combined it with another subject (Spanish and Law or Spanish and Politics or Spanish and Business are common ones).It is now very much recommended for a career in business, travel and tourism or any other job with an international dimension. 

What are the entry requirements?

Students are required to have B grade in Spanish GCSE. Students may be considered with C grades under certain circumstances.

Who can I contact for more information?

Mr Pardo Roques or via komunico.wix.com/mfldep