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Modern Foreign Languages

Introduction to the Subject & Team

The MFL department is staffed by an experienced and dedicated team of seven teachers and the Leadership Team consists of the following staff:

Sophie Bruce
Mrs S Bruce (sbruce@ossettacademy.co.uk)
Curriculum Team Leader Modern Foreign Languages

The Modern Foreign Languages Department seeks to create an exciting and stimulating atmosphere in which each student not only gains a sense of achievement but also sees the relevance and value of language skills in today’s world and to open their minds to appreciate and value other cultures. In line with the national agenda we incorporate a wealth of authentic materials and engaging resources into every day teaching and learning. Our ultimate aim is to develop confident communicators who are able to hold a conversation in another language.

The Department

Creativity and innovation are at the heart of our curriculum. We aim to provide our students with the linguistic base on which to develop their more creative skills. This is done through reading, writing, listening and speaking. Great emphasis is placed on the use of target language in the classroom and our students are equipped with the necessary language to begin to communicate in the target language as quickly as possible.

In order to enhance learning beyond the classroom, there are annual trips to Cologne and Barcelona with new trips on the horizon. We have strong links with Leeds and Huddersfield Universities who arrange activities for students of key stages 3-5. In addition our students are encouraged to take part in the European Day of Languages in September, the national Routes into Languages Spelling Bee, lunchtime languages club and Linguafest.

Course Content at Key Stage 3

Year 7

In Year 7 students receive two one-hour lessons of Spanish or French per week and are placed into sets using a combination of Key Stage 2 data and the academy’s assessment data. Students who have been identified as requiring additional support with their literacy skills receive an additional two hours of English lessons per week in Year 7, meaning that they study just one hour of MFL per week.

In Year 7 the students cover: physical appearance, favourite objects, personality, family, school, home, animals, food and local area.

Year 8

In Year 8, students continue to study the language they started in Year 7.  They receive two hours of lessons per week with students requiring additional literacy support continuing to study MFL for one hour per week.

In Year 8 the students cover: lifestyle, clothes, holidays, sport and leisure and entertainment and advertising.

 Year 9

In Year 9 students make their GCSE option choices. Once they have done this, they are placed into groups of GCSE opters and non-opters .GCSE opters begin an intensive bridging course to prepare them for the start of their GCSE course. This involves lots of fun grammar activities on a range of familiar topics! Non-opters embark on a foreign language film module which will allows them to discover aspects of the target language culture and consolidate their language acquisition.

 In Year 8 the students cover: technology, teenage issues, health, home and jobs and ambitions.


Year 10

Students will begin their GCSE studies, building upon the listening, speaking, reading and writing skills acquired in Year 9. They have three one-hour lessons each week. Over the two year course the following themes and sub-themes will be studied:

Theme 1 Identity and Culture
Free time
Theme 2 Local, National and International Areas of Interest
Charity work
Healthy living
The environment
Travel and Tourism
Theme 3 Current and future study and employment
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Students sit four exams at the end of Year 11 in reading, listening, speaking and writing. Each exam is worth 25%.

Exam Board/Specification: AQA GCSE French /German/Spanish

Year 11

Our current Year 11 students are following the legacy GCSE specification. They have three one-hour lessons each week. In Year 11 writing and speaking controlled assessments are completed on holidays and local area respectively. Once the controlled assessment is completed, there is a sharp focus on exam technique.

The final award is allocated as follows:

Unit 1: listening (20%)-formal examination of either 35 minutes (Foundation) or 45 minutes (Higher)

Unit 2: reading (20%)-formal examination of either 30 minutes (Foundation) or 50 minutes (Higher)

Unit 3: speaking (30%)- 2 pieces assessed internally

Unit 4: writing (30%)-2 pieces assessed externally

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