Modern Foreign Languages

The Faculty

Mrs G Maringo Head of  MFL/Associate Headteacher 
Ms Aubret Teacher of MFL 
Ms M Martin Teacher of MFL
Mr J Mitchinson  Teacher of MFL 

Introduction

People with language skills are highly thought of in the modern world. They stand out as talented and successful people, excellent communicators, with broad and exciting horizons! Taking a formal qualification in French/Spanish will mean that you will:

  • Be able to study French/Spanish at A Level in the sixth form, and to degree level at university, if you study A Level.
  • Add an extra dimension to your personal skills profile, which will impress anyone who reads your CV
  • Be in a stronger position to get a job in companies with international links
  • Be able to speak and write French/Spanish spontaneously, and have a deep understanding of the lifestyle and culture of French/Spanish speaking countries.

Useful Links

These are interactive websites to help you revise, where you can play games and complete activities on line for immediate feedback. If you require past papers or downloadable / paper resources, your MFL teacher can point you in the right direction.

If you need any logon details, just ask your MFL teacher.

French

www.zut.languageskills.co.uk
www.francais-extra.co.uk
www.fabfrench.co.uk

Spanish

www.espanol-extra.co.uk

All MFL

www.duolingo.com
www.kerboodle.com
www.linguascope.com
www.languagesonline.org.uk

KS3 Curriculum

KS3 Overview

In Year 7 all pupils have the chance to study two languages. They learn to speak about themselves, their families and their interests, and how to use the language for real purposes of communication. Year 7 pupils are introduced to the basic language patterns and grammatical features which gives them an understanding of how the language works. They are also taught skills in order to better equip them throughout their language learning experience at St Katherine’s, such as dictionary skills and pronunciation strategies.

In Years 8 and 9, pupils continue to study one language. They draw on the generic language learning skills that they picked up in year 7 to develop their confidence and ability as they learn to speak in different tenses across a variety of stimulating topics.
Topics covered include the following:

  • Family, Friends and my interests
  • Food and drink
  • My home and local surroundings
  • School Life
  • Travelling abroad, holidays and accommodation
  • The environment

KS4 Curriculum

AQA GCSE French/Spanish

The topics covered across the four language skills, are designed to help you to understand and be able to communicate effectively across a range of relevant contemporary and cultural themes. There are three main themes that are broken down into sub-topics:

Theme 1: Identity and culture

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

Theme 3: Current and future study and employment

KS5 Curriculum

AQA AS and A Level French /Spanish

At AS and A Level you will further develop your linguistic skills alongside your understanding of the culture and society of the countries where French/ Spanish is spoken. You will study a range of different topics based on social and technological change. For example, at AS Level you will explore the changing state of the family, aspects of youth culture, including fashion, music and television. At A Level you will go on to look at integration, immigration and racism. You will also focus on the digital world, and highlights of French/Spanish speaking artistic culture, including art. You will look at festivals and traditions. At A Level you will discuss the European Union and Politics and Youth. You will also explore the influence of the past on present day French/ Spanish speaking countries, and the issues and influences that have shaped them. At AS Level you will study a film or a book. At A Level you might also study a book or an artist.

Extracurricular Activities

The MFL department is committed to providing a variety of opportunities for enthusiastic and talented linguists at St Katherine’s. We offer annual trips abroad to France and Spain for all pupils in Year 7 and Year 9. Pupils can go on a five day residential visit to Paris and Barcelona. Underpinning all of our trips is the aim that our pupils experience the culture and history of these vibrant cities, and use their language in a real context. We hold the European Day of Languages on 26th September every year, and encourage all staff and students to try a different language as they greet each other.

We also run a Spanish exchange with a school based in Ciudad Real, Spain. The Spanish students come and visit St Katherine’s in September and our students also visit San Francisco Javier’s school in April each year. This exchange is very popular and our students are very keen to host foreign students.

Clubs

The Faculty runs a French club, a Spanish club and a film club, showing foreign language films at lunchtimes for all pupils. Year 8 and 9 students have French and Spanish penpals and they enjoy sending letters each term.

Students who miss two homework tasks in a single week are required to attend homework club in order to catch up.