Modern Foreign Languages

 

The MFL Department teaches both French and Spanish to GCSE Level.  At St Edmund’s Catholic School we promote foreign languages and cultures, develop students’ ability to use French and Spanish more independently both verbally and in writing, and to give students a taste for foreign languages and cultures using interactive lesson formats in which students are encouraged to use language more spontaneously, both orally and in writing.  A focus on cultural projects is planned for the second half of the summer term in Key Stage 3 where students study in more detail a particular aspect of French or Spanish history, geography or cultural life (for example the French Revolution or the study of a particular French speaking Caribbean country).

 

Students study either French or Spanish at Key Stage 3 for two periods a week. Students can then choose to continue studying Spanish or French as one of their GCSE options for three periods a week (usually a double lesson and a single lesson each week). Some students choose to study both languages at Key Stage 4.

 

In Spanish, students use Mira 1 in Year 7, Mira 2 in Year 8 and Mira 3 in Year 9.  The Key Stage 3 Spanish learning objectives follow the topics and grammatical structures from the Mira course book.  Teachers use a range of resources (PowerPoints, worksheets, mini white boards, Interactive software) to make the learning of Spanish fun and interactive.  At Key Stage 4, the scheme of work and course book used is Caminos 4, again used occasionally with a preference for teachers’ own resources and materials and interactive activities.

 

In French, students work on new schemes of work introduced in September 2016. Teachers use their own resources. At Key Stage 4, the course book and scheme of work used is similar to Metro 4 Edexcel rouge (higher) or vert (foundation), like in Spanish with a clear focus on interaction. We use Edexcel as our exam board for both languages.

 

All modular assessments are created by the current staff based on the new learning objectives.  Classes complete an assessment every half term and are tested on a range of skills: listening/writing/reading/speaking and grammar skills. Assessments are marked with a raw mark turned into a percentage, as well as using the mastering/developing/emerging assessment school policy. Teachers also test their classes informally every other week using vocabulary tests that also contain writing and translation tasks. These are marked during lessons with the students using the red pens (either self-assessed or peer assessed).

 

Extra-curricular

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A very successful Key Stage 3 residential trip to Paris took place in both 2015 and 2016.  We aim to develop more trips abroad which are a unique opportunity for students to visit a foreign country and get a taste of a foreign culture. Ideally, we would like to run a 5 day winter trip to Paris for Years 7 and 8, as well as a summer trip to Spain for Year 9 and 10 students, with students visiting places of interest as well as practising their language skills when abroad. We are linked to a secondary school in Spain (Valencia), and several classes have regular links with their Spanish pen pals. We are planning to create an outreach link with feeder primary schools starting in the summer term of 2017, with Year 5 students coming to St Edmund’s to learn French and Spanish with us once a week.

 

Key Contacts

 

French and Spanish Teacher:

Mrs Nicola Povey:       npovey@st-edmunds-dover.kent.sch.uk

Miss Paula Lopez:      phuertasLopez@st-edmunds-dover.kent.sch.uk

 

French Teacher:

Mrs Siobhan Price:       sprice@st-edmunds-dover.kent.sch.uk