Curriculum

MFL

MFL Department Aims

The MFL department at Painsley is a vibrant and flourishing department housed in superb accommodation consisting of four classrooms equipped with interactive whiteboards and a computer suite to which students in all year groups have regular access.

 

Languages Club

The MFL Department runs a Languages Club every Thursday lunch time at 12.30pm. It is open to all students and year groups. Students have the opportunity to learn about many different languages and cultures and activities are led by students themselves. Dishes from around the world are also tasted during Languages club!

MFL Staff

Mrs S. Martin – Subject Leader

Mrs E. Smithson – Second in Department

Mr N. Munn

Miss A. Olteanu

MFL Curriculum Overview

All students at Painsley Catholic College have the opportunity to study a foreign language in Year 7 and Year 8. Spanish is offered to all students in Year 7. In addition to Spanish, many students study French in Year 7 and German in Year 8.

Y7 Course Outline

Topics studied in Y7 include:

  • Introductions
  • Personal language
  • Numbers, days, months and dates
  • Where you live
  • Countries and nationalities
  • Family and pets
  • Colours
  • School
  • Telling the time
  • Sports and hobbies

Y7 Outcomes

By the end of Year 7, students will practise the four skills of listening, reading, speaking and writing and will be able to:

  • express opinions
  • give reasons for their opinions
  • understand and use the future tense

Y7 Homework

Homework is set every week and should take thirty minutes. Homework tasks include producing a piece of writing, practising grammar, carrying out research and learning vocabulary for tests which are conducted regularly.

Y8 Course Outline

Topics studied in Y8 include:

  • Weather
  • Free time activities
  • Rooms of the house
  • Furniture and prepositions
  • Household chores
  • Buildings in town
  • Directions
  • Daily routine
  • Cultural project (Haiti/Namibia)

 

Y8 Outcomes

By the end of Year 8, students will practise the four skills of listening, reading, speaking and writing and will be able to:

  • understand and use the past tense
  • use the present, past and future tenses
  • start to develop a conversation or piece of writing using complicated language

 

Y8 Homework

Homework is set every week and should take thirty minutes.

Homework tasks include producing a piece of writing, practising grammar, carrying out research and learning vocabulary for tests which are conducted regularly.

Students have the opportunity to study a GCSE in one or more foreign language.  The KS4 curriculum starts in Y9, when students build up their vocabulary and grammar knowledge, and runs through to Y11, when students sit their external Reading and Listening exams.  The AQA GCSE specification is followed.

Y9 Course Outline

Topics studied in Y9 include:

  • Health
  • Parts of the body
  • Illnesses
  • Food and drink
  • Mealtimes
  • Health and well-being
  • Unhealthy habits
  • Free time and the media
  • Pocket money
  • Shopping
  • Fashion
  • Media: cinema, television and books

Y9 Outcomes

By the end of Year 9, students will practise the four skills of listening, reading, speaking and writing and will be able to:

  • use the present, past and future tenses confidently and correctly
  • develop a conversation or piece of writing using complicated language

Students will also complete one Writing assessment and one Speaking assessment as a practice for their GCSE coursework in Y10 and Y11.

Y9 Homework

Homework is set every week and should take one hour. Homework tasks include preparing and learning a piece of writing, practising grammar and learning vocabulary for tests which are conducted regularly.

Y10 Course Outline

Topics studied in Y10 include:

  • Holidays
  • Holiday preferences
  • Holiday activities
  • A past holiday
  • Plans for a future holiday

Home and local area

  • Where you live
  • What there is to do in your town
  • Comparing the town and the countryside
  • Environmental issues
  • Describing your ideal town
  • Plans for the future

Y10 Outcomes

As part of their GCSE coursework, students will complete one Writing assessment (on the topic of holidays) and one Speaking assessment (on the topic of home and local area). Each of these is worth 15% of the overall GCSE grade.

Y10 Homework
Homework is set every week and should take one hour. Homework tasks include preparing and learning a piece of writing, practising grammar and learning vocabulary for tests which are conducted regularly.

Y11 Course Outline

Topics studied in Y11 include:

  • Work and Education
  • School life
  • Comparing school systems
  • Pressures and problems
  • Suggestions for improvement
  • Work experience/school trips
  • Future plans

Relationships and choices

  • Family
  • Relationships
  • Problems/arguments
  • The importance of friends
  • Future plans

Y11 Outcomes

As part of their GCSE coursework, students will complete one Writing assessment (on the topic of work and education) and one Speaking assessment (on the topic of relationships and choices). Each of these is worth 15% of the overall GCSE grade.

Y11 Homework

Homework is set every week and should take one hour. Homework tasks include preparing and learning a piece of writing, practising grammar and learning vocabulary for tests which are conducted regularly.

Two year A-Level courses are offered in French, German and Spanish at our Moorlands Sixth Form College and run over two years.  The AQA A-Level specification is followed.

 

 

 

 Recommended Websites for Learning Languageshttp://www.busuu.com/enc/ – French/German/Spanish/Portuguese/

Russian/Polish/Turkish/Italian/Arabic/Japanese/Chinese/

http://www.bbc.co.uk/languages/ – 40 different languages !

http://www.channel4learning.com/sites/extra/ – French/Spanish/German

 

Advice on Learning Languageshttp://www.omniglot.com/language/index.htm – Advice, suggestions, tips and techniques for learning languages

 

Communicating with Students from Other Nationalities

http://www.sharedtalk.com/ – Find a partner to communicate with in a language of your choice

http://www.penpalworld.com/ – Get a penpal from another country

http://www.mylanguageexchange.com/penpals.asp – Get a penpal

Assessment Framework

How to guides- links to tutorials

 

Independent Study and Revision

Students are encouraged to carry out independent study at home in advance of exams, to consolidate and practise their vocabulary or to practise the skills of reading and listening. In order to facilitate this, we provide a wealth of materials on the VLE for students to access. We also provide an extensive list of recommended French, German and Spanish websites for all levels and stages.

In order to be successful in speaking and writing exams, it is important to play around with and find the revision technique which works best for you. – Revision Tips

 

MFL Trips

France

The trip to France includes a two-day visit to Normandy, where students get the opportunity to visit the Bayeux Tapestry, the Caen Memorial Museum commemorating the Second World War, the American and British Cemeteries and the sites of the D-Day Landings, followed by a day visit to Paris, where students go on a river cruise along the Seine and visit some of the famous sites. The final day is spent at a theme park near Paris, Parc Astérix.

 

Germany

The trip to Germany has, in the past, been to the Rhineland where students visit the sites in the towns of Boppard, Koblenz and Rüdesheim, culminating in a day at Phantasialand theme park. However, next year, plans are underway to take students to Dahn in south-west Germany, where we have strong, established links with a school.

 

Comenius

Thanks to Comenius funding and our collaboration with the Otfried-von-Weißenburg Gymnasium in Dahn, several trips have been made possible for some of our Gifted and Talented students in Y9, Y10 and Y11.

 

Year 9 Trips

Every year in activities week in July, the MFL Department takes Y9 students to France or Germany for five days. In 2015, a trip to Barcelona will be running for students studying Spanish.

 

Year 10 Trips

Students in Y10 have the opportunity to accompany staff and students on the Y9 trips as part of their work experience.

 

Year 11/12 Trips

Students studying French in Y12 have the opportunity to take part in a long established exchange with a school in Limousin. When they are in Y13, they also have the opportunity to take part in a work experience placement in Limousin for a week.