MODERN FOREIGN LANGUAGES - KS4

 

MFL Learning Journey

 

WHO’S WHO?

Progress Leader: Mr C Ryan

Teaching Staff: Mrs C Farren, Mr C Halfpenny

Link Governor: Dr R Foster

COURSE INFORMATION

The MFL course at Up Holland High School is led by staff who have wide range of knowledge and skills in both French and Spanish. Throughout the course students will have the opportunity to gain cultural and linguistic insights into countries both in Europe and beyond. Students will build upon communication skills mastered at Key Stage 3 to be able to listen, speak, read and write to GCSE standard. The course is assessed by exam to the AQA specification and each component counts for 25% of the mark (listening, speaking, reading and writing).

COURSE CONTENT

Students taking MFL will cover a wide range of topics – many of which will have been touched upon throughout Key Stage Three. The course is made up of three ‘Themes’ which are:

  • Identity and Culture
  • Local, National, International and Global Areas of Interest
  • Current and Future Study and Employment

By the end of the course students will be expected to be able to demonstrate general and specific understanding of different types of language, understand the gist of texts and spoken pieces, deduce meaning from authentic material which addresses a wide range of contemporary and cultural themes and to recognise and respond to key information, themes and ideas.

YEAR 10

TERM

UNIT OF STUDY

 

KEY SKILLS/LEARNING

Autumn

Theme 1 - Identity and Culture

 

 Saying what you use the internet for and saying what you prefer.
Vocab for electronic equipment e.g. móvil / ordenador / tableta / etc
Family members
Physical descriptions
More adjectives for describing character.
Describing family relationships
Say if you want to get married of not.
Ideal partner
Leisure activities (the nonsporting type)
Present tense of regular verbs to say what you do and how often you do it.
Types of TV programme
Ordering (simple things) in a café using QUIERO
Talking about eating out – food and drink items for a restaurant
Regional food specialties
Sports + leisure activities

Spring

 

Theme 1 (continued)

 

 

Theme 2 - Local, National, International

and Global Areas of Interest

 

Understanding international (Hispanic world) festivals e.g. Día de los muertos / el carnival de Oruro (Bolivia)
How life differs in Spain and England
Describing a visit / a festival in the preterit tense



House
Shops and products in those shops
Giving opinions about where you live
Describing amenities where you live
Describing the attractions of your town in various tenses
Methods of transport + opinions
Weather
Holiday accommodation

Summer

Theme 2 (continued)

 

Talking about different ways of volunteering
Learning more about charities and volunteering
Say what you eat and drink and whet good for you.
Talking about healthy lifestyles (what you do and what you don’t do)
Talking about reusing, reducing and recycling.
Talking about ways of protecting the environment
Understanding and discussing environmental problems
Talking about what we should do to combat poverty and homelessness.
Say what we should do to combat various social problems

YEAR 11

     

TERM

UNIT OF STUDY

 

KEY SKILLS/LEARNING

Autumn

Theme 3 - Current and Future Study

and Employment

 

School subjects
Advice for how to do well at school – using the imperative
Talking about school life
Talking about school and daily routine
School uniform
Talking about the good and bad aspects of school
Talking about 16+ options
Discussing the benefits of Higher Education
What job you would like to do and why

Spring

Theme 3 (continued)

 

Looking for any applying for jobs
Saying what your skills are
Work experience
Advantages and disadvantages of different kinds of jobs
Talk about your ideal job.

ENRICHMENT OPPORTUNITIES

Lunchtime and after school clubs. Residential trips (COVID-19 dependant)
 

HOW TO SUPPORT YOUR CHILD'S LEARNING

Encourage a love of learning about other cultures and languages and the importance of being culturally aware in a diverse society.
 

WHERE TO GO:

The Cervantes Institute, French/Spanish restaurants, Spain, France.
 

WHAT TO WATCH:

  • Your favourite films/programmes dubbed in the target language on Netflix.
  • French/Spanish music videos on YouTube.
  • Coco
  • Carlitos
  • Ferdinand
  • The Book of Life
  • Pan’s Labyrinth
  • Voces Inocentes
  • YouTube walking tours
     

WHAT TO READ:

  • French and Spanish comics.
  • Translated versions of your favourite novels.
  • Dual-language literature/parallel texts.
  • Toro, Toro by Michael Morpurgo (in English)
  • Spanish children’s stories https://www.thespanishexperiment.com/stories
  • Any title in the Coleccion Mini Larousse series
  • Any title in the DK series Teen Reader -Spanish for example Amigos Virtuales
  • Letters from Heaven / Cartas del cielo (English and Spanish Edition) – Lydia Gill
  • The Case of the Three Kings: The Flaca Files / El Caso de Los Reyes Magos: Los expedientes de Flaca (Flaca Files / Los Expedientes de Flaca) (English and Spanish Edition) – Alidis Vicente
  • Crónicas de una muerte anunciada - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  • Historia de una gaviota y del gato que le enseño a volar – Luis Sepulveda
  • La Sombra del Viento (The Shadow of the Wind) by Carlos Ruis Zafón
  • Soldados de Salamina (Soldiers of Salamis) by Javier Cercas
  • http://spanishplayground.net/tag/easy-spanishpoems/ Excellent site with lots of ideas for poems to use in the classroom
  • http://www.elhuevodechocolate.com/ Poems, but also some stories and songs http://www.milcuentos.com/ Website with links to interactive short stories. The stories include pictures and audio. There is a title for each picture together with a short paragraph so it could be printed out and done as a match up activity or in a computer room.
  • http://eljardindedouglas.blogspot.co.uk/search/label/Poesías Modern poet – Douglas Wright – loads of excellent material for KS2 – KS4 here, poems and song
  • http://www.gloriafuertes.org/index.php/literatura-inf Gloria Fuertes is an excellent poet for KS3/4 –
  • www.storyplace.org Stories to watch, read and listen with follow up activities
     

ONLINE:

 

www.quizlet.com

 

www.aqa.org.uk

 

www.bbc.co.uk/schools/bitesize

 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/languages/

 

www.languagesresources.co.uk

 

http://www.languagesonline.org.uk

 

www.kerboodle.com

 

www.linguascope.com

 

https://www.duolingo.com

 

www.memrise.com

 

www.euroclub-schools.org

 

 

FUTURE CAREERS:

A Modern Foreign Language is viewed as a strong academic qualification by both employers and further education providers. Some of the many professions where language graduates work and language skills may apply include: business, manufacturing, wholesale and retail, banking and finance, travel and transport, tourism, public administration, the media, hotels and catering, education and the voluntary sector.