Modern Foreign Languages

 

MFL Curriculum

“Monolingualism can be cured!” Anthony Mollica

Why do we teach languages?

To create competent linguists who have a good understanding of how language is structured as well as instilling a broader awareness of different cultures and a curiosity about the wider world.

To build up vocabulary and key structures enabling students to communicate in the target language with increasing confidence, fluency and spontaneity, pronunciation and intonation.

Our course will provide the foundation for further study and employment to enable students to take their studies further.

Students follow an interleaved curriculum that is carefully sequenced to allow students to build on previously taught content.

 

The curriculum is regularly reviewed to address areas where particular cohorts need more support.

 

Content is not rushed through and topics are taught at a pace appropriate to the class

 

IMPLEMENTATION

“Learning another language is not only learning different words for the same things but learning another way to think about things.” Flora Lewis

Our current curriculum pathway is as follows:

KS3

A language lesson comprises of a recap of prior knowledge, introduction of new language and opportunity to practise new content in a variety of ways. Learning is checked through self/peer assessment, pair tasks and exit passes.

Grammar is to language what the skeleton is to the body you can’t have one without the other. From Year 7, students are taught high-frequency language such as verbs, opinions, connectives, questioning and answering, phonics and common language links.  This logical starting point gives students the building blocks to recycle and extend their skills throughout the subsequent blocks. The grammatical foundation gives students transferable skills that will be used throughout their language career up to GCSE to produce spoken and written language for a variety of purposes and audiences. This allows them to adapt and develop language to communicate ideas and points of view.

We encourage resilience and independence through revision from knowledge organisers and regular quizzing.  We use songs and rhymes to help students understand tricky concepts or structures.

We study cultural content about the geography of Spain and other Spanish speaking countries, Spanish festivals, foods, types of houses, famous artists, singers and sportspeople.

Students will be engaged through the use of authentic sources allowing them to develop an appreciation of a range of texts in the language studied. Links are made where possible to the conscious curriculum and class reads.

Projects are set in Years 7 and 8 that feed directly into whole school initiatives.

 

Early intervention especially PP students is a key part of ensuring that all students can access the curriculum.

Year 7:

Topics

  • Greetings
  • Alphabet
  • Numbers
  • Birthdays
  • opinions
  • Family tree
  • Physical description
  • Colours
  • Character description
  • Relationships between people
  • Pets
  • Conjugating regular verbs
  • Irregular/rebel verbs
  • Modal verbs
  • Free time activities
  • Higher level connectives
  • Quantifiers
  • Frequency words
  • Weather
  • future tense
  • Countries
  • Activities on holidays
  • Transport
  • Weather in future tense
  • Opinions about Spanish destinations
  • Future tense conjugations

Year 8

  • Family celebrations
  • Spanish traditions (food, daily routine, Mediterranean lifestyle)
  • Hispanic festival calendar
  • Comparing traditions and celebrations
  • Buying souvenirs for special occasions
  • Describing summer holidays
  • Directions and coordinates
  • Spanish geography
  • Places in town
  • Shopping
  • Dream town
  • House and furniture
  • Activities in the home
  • Parts of the body
  • Feeling ill
  • Going to the doctors and pharmacy
  • Food
  • Eating habits
  • Healthy and unhealthy lifestyle, exercise
  • Shops
  • At the market
  • Quantities of foods
  • buying souvenirs
  • buying clothes
  • Pocket money
  • TV and film
  • Eating out

 

Year 9

  • Family, relationships marriage, ideal partner, present and future/conditional tenses
  • Where I live, town or country, renting and buying property, imperfect tense
  • School, routine, uniform, rules, exam preparation, imperatives
  • Freetime activities, tv cinema, film review, preterite and imperfect tenses

KS4

Resources are designed to cover all the skills reading, listening, speaking, writing, translating and applying grammar.

We encourage students to write creatively about a wide variety of topics e.g. holidays, future ambitions, health and new technologies, environment and festivals

Verb of the day builds retention of grammatical rules and challenges students to apply rules in a range of contexts and tenses.

Differentiated resources e.g. scaffolded translations and language ladders enable students to rise to the challenge.

We foster independent learning by setting regular interactive homework on the Seneca platform.

Students benefit from a pen pal scheme in year 11 which gives them the chance to use their language skills for a real life context and learn about life in other countries.

Students who need extra support are given intervention during p6 focussing on their specific area of need.

 

Year 10:

BLOCK ONE BLOCK TWO BLOCK THREE BLOCK FOUR
El medio ambiente y los problemas sociales Las celebraciones El repaso El repaso
Overview

  • Conservation
  • Environmental issues
  • Homelessness
  • Helping people/charity work
  • Volunteer work
  • Waste and recycling
  • Poverty

 

Overview

  • Spanish customs and festivals
  • Spanish living
  • Culture in Latin America
  • Las fallas
  • Las castells
  • San fermín
  • Colacho
  • Moros y cristianos
  • La tomatina
  • El día de los muertos
  • Big numbers
  • La navidad
  • La semana santa
Overview

  • El medio ambiente y los problemas sociales
  • Las celebraciones
  • La familia y amigos
  • Mi ciudad
  • El insti
  • Tiempo libre
  • Las vacaciones
  • El trabajo
  • La salud
  • La technología

 

 

Overview

  • El medio ambiente y los problemas sociales
  • Las celebraciones
  • La familia y amigos
  • Mi ciudad
  • El insti
  • Tiempo libre
  • Las vacaciones
  • El trabajo
  • La salud
  • La technología

 

 

Year 11:

BLOCK ONE BLOCK TWO BLOCK THREE BLOCK FOUR
Mis vacaciones El mundo de trabajo La salud La tecnologia y las redes sociales
Overview

·       Holiday accommodation

·       Past holiday accounts

·       Tourist leaflets and websites

·       Describing your region

·       Weather

Overview

·       Post 16 plans

·       Higher education

·       Looking for/applying for jobs

·       Ideal job

Overview

·       Talking about healthy and unhealthy lifestyles

·       Opinions on alcohol, smoking and drugs

·       Future health resolutions

·       Past health habits

 

Overview

·       Communicating online

·       Messaging

·       Mobile phones

·       Social networks

·       Technology addiction