Curriculum

MFL (Y7-13)

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

 

Department Aims

  • to motivate and inspire students and kindle an interest in learning languages
  • to promote an awareness and acceptance of different cultures
  • to provide students with the skills to communicate effectively in at least one foreign language
  • to enable students to use the foreign language they are learning in order to be able to use it in real life contexts
  • to broaden students’ horizons through educational visits abroad, contact with foreign language speakers and extra-curricular clubs

 

Modern Languages Staff

Mrs S. Martin – Subject Leader

Ms C. Oberman – Assistant Principal

Mr N. Munn

Mr L. McConvey

Mrs A. Taylor

Miss A. Brassington

 

Languages Club

The MFL department runs a Languages Club every Thursday lunchtime at 12.30pm. It is open to all students in Years 7, 8 and 9. Students have the opportunity to learn about different languages and cultures from all over the world and the activities are led by the students themselves. Dishes from around the world are also tasted during Languages Club.

MFL Curriculum Overview

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

Year 7 Course Outline

Topics studied in Year 7 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

Year 7 Outcomes

Students will practise the skills of listening, reading, speaking, writing and translation and will be able to:

  • express opinions
  • give reasons for their opinions
  • recognise, understand and use the present and future tenses with support

Year 7 Homework

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

Year 7 Assessments

These are conducted every half-term and assess all skills (two speaking assessments and three assessments which test the skills of listening, reading, writing and translation into and from the target language).

Year 8 Course Outline

Topics studied in Year 8 include:

Free time activities past and present

Body parts and illnesses

Daily routine

Town and directions

Food and drink

Shopping

Pocket money

Holidays

Accommodation

Restaurant

Year 8 Outcomes

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

  • provide detailed answers which contain opinions and reasons
  •  recognise and use the present, past and future tenses with support

Year 8 Homework

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

Year 8 Assessments

These are conducted every half-term and assess all skills (two speaking assessments and three assessments which test the skills of listening, reading, writing and translation into and from the target language).

Students have the opportunity to study a GCSE in one or more foreign language. The key stage 4 curriculum starts in Year 9, when students build up their vocabulary and grammar knowledge, and runs through to Year 11, when students sit their external exams in listening, reading and writing. The AQA GCSE specification is followed.

Year 9 Course Outline

Topics studied in Year 9 include:

Me, my family and friends

Home, town, neighbourhood and region

My studies

Free time activities

Customs and festivals

Year 9 Outcomes

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

  • recognise and use the present, past and future tenses
  • develop a spoken or written piece of work using opinions, reasons and a variety of vocabulary and structures
  • understand how to prepare answers to a role play and photo card

Year 9 Homework

Homework is set every week and should take 45 minutes.  Homework tasks include preparing and learning a piece of writing, practising the skills of listening, reading and translation, practising grammar and learning vocabulary for tests which are conducted every week.

Year 9 Assessments

These are conducted every half-term and assess all skills (two speaking assessments and three assessments which test the skills of listening, reading, writing and translation into and from the target language).

Year 10 Course Outline

Topics studied in Year 10 include:

Holidays

Life at school and college

Education post-16

Social issues (health)

Marriage and partnership

Technology in everyday life

Year 10 Outcomes

By the end of Year 10, students will practise the skills of listening, reading, speaking, writing and translation and will be able to:

  • recognise and use the present, past, future and conditional tenses flexibly
  • develop a spoken or written piece of work using opinions, reasons which are explained in detail and using a variety of vocabulary and complex structures
  • prepare answers to a role play and photo card in detail

Year 10 Homework

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

Year 10 Assessments

These are conducted every half-term and assess all skills (two speaking assessments and two assessments which test the skills of listening, reading, writing and translation into and from the target language and one mock GCSE writing exam).

Year 11 Course Outline

Topics studied in Y11 include:

Jobs and career choices

Global issues (environment)

Social issues (poverty, homelessness and charity work)

Revision of topics studied since Year 9

Preparation for the speaking exam in April/May

Year 11 Outcomes

By the end of Year 11, students will practise the skills of listening, reading, speaking, writing and translation and will be able to:

  • use all tenses flexibly
  • develop a spoken or written piece of work using opinions, reasons which are explained in detail and using a variety of vocabulary and complex structures
  • prepare answers to a role play and photo card in detail

Year 11 Homework

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

Year 11 Mock Exams

These are conducted every half-term and comprise of:

  • Listening mock exam
  • Reading and writing mock exams
  • Speaking mock exam
  • Writing mock exam

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

 

 

 

 Recommended Websites for Learning Languages

http://www.busuu.com/enc/ – French/German/Spanish/Portuguese/

http://www.busuu.com/enc/ -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 Languages

http://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.

The Perfect Language Learner

Every language student wants to know the secret of making the most progress in the shortest time.  What does the perfect learner do to excel in acquiring a foreign language?

  1. Learn every day

Even when you are really tired, do some learning, even if it is only 5 or 10 minutes.  Never miss a chance to increase your knowledge.  Use it, or lose it!  Practice makes perfect.

  1. Be motivated

What is your goal?  Always think about your objective.  You are learning because you want to achieve something.

  1. Record new vocabulary

To really learn a new word, you have to remind yourself of it six times over hours, days and weeks.  Write down all your new vocabulary in a little book that you can always carry around with you.  Or keep a record in your mobile.

  1. Read, read and read!

Read (in the foreign language) things that you like, not boring things.  Notice new grammar patterns and important vocabulary.  The more you read, the quicker you progress – it is as simple as that.

  1. Be brave

Don’t worry about small mistakes, no-one minds!  When you learn new vocabulary or grammar, use it as soon as possible.

  1. Use technology

Listen to podcasts of native speakers.  Do online tests checking your level and knowledge.  Read the news and watch videos in the target language.  Record yourself speaking with free audio software.  Make your own flashcards with online flashcard generators.  Play interactive games in the target language.  Keep a permanent record of your new vocabulary in Google Drive.

Revision Techniques

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.  Here are some suggestions:

Writing

  1. Look – Cover – Write – Check (one sentence at a time).
  2. Use mini whiteboards so that you can easily erase and rewrite sentences.
  3. Put sections onto post-it notes and put them in obvious places around the house.
  4. Create visuals (pictures, symbols) to represent words/phrases.

 

Speaking

  1. Look – Say – Cover – Write – Check.
  2. Use mini whiteboards so that you can easily erase and rewrite sentences.
  3. Make cue cards and use them regularly – stick them on your bedroom wall.
  4. Put sections onto post-it notes and put them in obvious places around the house.
  5. Ask family members or friends to test you.
  6. Record yourself speaking on your phone or with the use of online recording software.
  7. Use www.cuepromter.com to insert your text and provide an autocue.
  8. Move around the room whilst you are revising – this helps kinesthetic learners.
  9. Repetition is the key – make it into a song or rap.

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.

 

German Exchange

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 GCSE and A level students of German.

 

Year 9 Trips

Every year in activities week in July, the MFL Department takes Year 9 students to France, Germany and Spain for five days.

 

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.