Modern Foreign Languages (MFL)

 

The Modern Foreign Languages Department

 

Head of Department = Miss C Rogers

 

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Context

 

The MFL department consists of four specialist teachers who are passionate about language learning. The department has three dedicated language learning classrooms and the department all work together to foster a love of language learning and different cultures within each class.

 

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Curriculum

 

The majority of students at Longdendale High School study a language from year 7, starting with either French or Spanish. Students in all year groups study topics that feature on the GCSE examinations at the end of year 11. During years 7 and 8 students study the basic grammar and vocabulary linked to each topic, which provides them with a strong foundation to build on at GCSE. Within each class, students develop the four key skills of Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking equally as each skill is worth 25% of their final GCSE grade.

 

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Assessment

 

At the end of each topic, students sit an assessment in each of the skill areas. From this assessment, they receive a grade for each skill plus an overall grade so they are able to track their progress, as well as identify which skills they are stronger in or which skills that they may need to develop further.

 

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Home Learning

 

Students will receive at least one piece of home learning per week. Usually this will be vocabulary or grammar learning however at times, written pieces may be set.

 

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Afterschool Sessions

 

The MFL department try to be as flexible as possible with afterschool sessions. Should students wish to book in afterschool sessions with their teachers, they are able to do so at a time that fits in with other afterschool sessions they may attend elsewhere in school.

 

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Enrichment Opportunities

 

Enrichment in the MFL department starts straight away in September with activities to celebrate the European Day of Languages. We also invite travelling theatre companies to perform in either French or Spanish for year 7 and 8 classes. At the beginning of GCSE, we also have the Spanish Exchange and the French trip to Normandy where students are able to develop their language in ‘real life’ scenarios.

 

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