Modern Foreign Languages

“One language sets you in a corridor for life. Two languages open every door along the way.”

Frank Smith

At Longfield we pride ourselves on our enthusiasm in teaching modern foreign languages (MFL). We aspire to open the minds of our pupils to the world outside of Longfield Academy, aiding them in not only the speaking, listening, writing and reading of a foreign language, but also to expose our students to cultures outside of the one they are used to.

Increasingly, people find themselves working in a multilingual or multicultural environment local. We live in a global community; the world has never been smaller, so how do we communicate with those around us?

Not only does knowing a foreign language increase your interpersonal skills but also opens the door to a variety of careers, increases your employability appeal and more opportunities to advance your career.

Above all, learning a language is enjoyable and on top of the vocational advantage it offers, it clears the path for travel, studying abroad and the ability to communicate confidently with people from all over.

Learning Sequence Overview

Key Stage 3

Year 6 to 7 Transition Stage

Coming to secondary school can be a daunting situation for many pupils, so in Modern Foreign Languages we make this step up as easy a transition as possible.

Some pupils may have studied Spanish at primary school whilst others have not; therefore, we begin with the basics.

Sequence of Learning KS3

Using interactive activities and driven by our enthusiastic MFL team we plunge into Spanish, starting simple with numbers, colours and greetings before moving into more complex topics of hobbies, town, holidays, Spanish culture and more.  All of the necessary content is covered but we work hard to ensure pupils also learn about the history, geography and some politics of the Spanish-speaking world. The full curriculum for KS3 is below.

Year 7 Presenting yourself, family and friends, hobbies and sports, your town and local area
Year 8 In my city, school, food and drink (including ordering food abroad), health and holidays
Year 9 Holidays, technology, daily routine, clothes, travel and culture

KS3 Intervention Programme

At KS3 we offer a Spanish Film club for those interested and Most Able evenings to challenge those pupils who can take an extra step.

In the Longfield Academy MFL department, we work hard to ensure our pupils can learn independently. Some intervention resources they can use are given below:

  • Memrise (vocabulary)
  • Quizlet (vocabulary)
  • DuoLingo
  • BBC Languages
  • BBC Bitesize
  • Linguascope subscription (password and username available)
  • com

How can parents/carers help?

At Longfield Academy we value our community, for this reason we highly encourage parents and carers to get involved in their child’s foreign language learning.

We encourage parents and carers to:

  • Help pupils to learn vocabulary for their vocabulary tests (maybe even try testing them!)
  • Ensure pupils practice grammar online using resources recommended by the school.
  • Ensure pupils complete all homework tasks to the best of their ability.

Key Stage 4

Sequence of Learning KS4 

At Longfield Academy we offer Spanish at KS3 and KS4, following the AQA exam board. Building on their solid grounding at KS3 level our pupils further their Spanish abilities by working through three main themes and their sub-topics: theme 1 – Identity and Culture; theme 2 – Local, national international and global areas of interest and theme 3 – Current and future study and employment.

KS4 Intervention Programme

In the Longfield academy modern foreign languages department we offer intervention sessions with our pupils from September right up the day of the exam.

One-to-one: some of our pupils are tutored on a personal basis, working on challenges particular to the individual pupil. These intervention sessions are tailored for the individual and take place at lunch times or after school.

Group sessions: Groups of pupils often struggle with the same issues with regards to Spanish; therefore, we work together with these pupils to ensure they excel to the very top of their ability. The sessions are directed in the best way to help pupils with speaking, writing, listening, reading or translation in order to augment their potential.

 

GCSE Specification

Theme 1 – Identity and Culture:

This theme begins looking at relationships with friends and family in the modern world before looking into our everyday use of modern technology, looking at their benefits and dangers as well as the use and overuse of mobile technology in our day-to-day lives.

The course then delves into the topic of free time, tackling various grammatical tenses and rules before finishing the theme looking and customs and festivals of Spanish speaking countries.

Theme 2 – Local, national international and global areas of interest:

Theme 2 looks at discussing your local area, describing homes and looking at the benefits and drawbacks of living in the countryside, teaching the pupils to compare and contrast in a foreign language.

In keeping with the current events of the world, Theme 2 explores Social issues such as health and charity work in tandem with global issues such as homelessness and helping others and the environment.

The theme finishes off on a lighter note with the pupils studying the world of tourism and travel using the past tense.

Theme 3 – Current and future study and employment

The final GCSE theme looks at life in school and college, discussing the good and bad of certain school aspects and using modal verbs before moving on to the world of work, including job applications in the target language and the benefits of studying at university.

At the end of the GCSE Spanish course, the pupils are assessed on four key skills: reading, listening, writing and speaking. Each of the exams is equally weighted at 25%.

For any additional information about the Spanish Curriculum please use the following link:  https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/languages/gcse/spanish-8698

Link to any extra information required

In the Longfield Academy MFL department, we work hard to ensure our pupils can learn independently. Some intervention resources they can use are given below:

  • Memrise (vocabulary)
  • Quizlet (vocabulary)
  • DuoLingo
  • BBC Languages
  • BBC Bitesize
  • Linguascope subscription (password and username available)
  • StudySpanish.com

 How can parents/carers help?

At Longfield Academy we value our community, for this reason we highly encourage parents and carers to get involved in their child’s foreign language learning.

We encourage parents and carers to:

  • Help pupils to learn vocabulary for their vocabulary tests (maybe even try testing them!)
  • Ensure pupils practice grammar online using resources recommended by the school.
  • Ensure pupils complete all homework tasks to the best of their ability.