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.


Mr R Pardo Roques – Head of Department and Teacher of Spanish
Miss O Grabowska – Teacher of French and Spanish
Miss G Le Therisien – Teacher of French and Spanish
Mrs S Stanford – Teacher of French
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 the Calendar for Y11 and Y10

Listening – exam paper

Reading – exam paper

Writing – exam paper

Speaking – with examiner and 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: Positive, negative or not mentioned
  • Infer
  • Multiple Choice
  • Long comprehension
  • Paraphrase
  • Written paragraphsTranslationsSpeed speaking

    Musical chairs speaking

    Paired speaking

Informal Self/peer assessment Bi-weekly on average

Pupils assess writing and speaking by:

  • Self-accessment against given criteria by circling criteria and underling corresponding evidence
  • Peer-assessment done as self-assessment but with highlighting (allows comparison on same criteri
  • 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: