Modern Foreign Languages

The MFL teaching class rooms are found in the FB Block towards the back of the school. MFL (Spanish or French) forms part of the core curriculum at KS3 is as an option choice at KS4 – with recommendation for choosing a language for students aspiring for EBACC. Groups are organised into sets in all year groups where possible. Students can elect to study Spanish or French as post-16 courses.

What is the Curriculum within Modern Foreign Languages?

We believe that learning a language is vital in order to develop citizens who can compete in an increasingly globalised workplace.  In the MFL faculty here at Sprowston Academy we aim to:

  • Nurture global citizens, who appreciate the value of a culturally diverse society and who can leave school equipped with the skills to work in a variety of cultural contexts.
  • Challenge students to communicate in another language and think in new ways.
  • Inspire a love of language learning and an intellectual curiosity about how language can both influence and be influenced by a diversity of culture.
  • Encourage analytical thought and use of linguistic knowledge to solve problems and work out meaning from context
  • Develop linguistic and literacy skills through extensive work with texts and grammar teaching

Our Curriculum design aims to maximise opportunities and reflect the high expectations of all students in the MFL Faculty. We also recognise the broader development of students and the importance of learning both in and outside the classroom.

All staff in the MFL Faculty recognise their role in ensuring the quality of the curriculum offer. Everyone keeps abreast of new ideas and approaches to teaching and learning within their subject. They share resources and knowledge because their belief is based on an understanding that outstanding teaching and learning is at the heart of a world class curriculum.

If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his own language, that goes to his heart.” ‒Nelson Mandela

What will the students learn in MFL?

Students will communicate with other people, finding out how language works and learning about different countries and cultures. Students will:

  • be able to share interests, ideas and opinions with other people who speak the language
  • develop core literacy and grammar skills
  • learn about countries where the language is spoken
  • add an international dimension to their subjects, which is something many employers and higher education providers look for
  • learn many skills which are useful in a wide range of careers, such as the ability to communicate clearly, being confident about speaking in public and using problem solving strategies
  • create greater opportunities to work abroad, or for companies in the UK with international links. Many employers look for people with language skills.

French & German & Spanish KS3 Curriculum Maps

What is GCSE MFL like?

Each MFL subject follows an Edexcel course (French 1FR0, German 1GN0 and Spanish 1SP0). Lessons will offer students the chance to develop their speaking, listening and writing skills in the language of their choice. Students will work to prepare for the following assessments –

Two role-plays. Scenario is set. Students will be expected to interact and communicate on topics covered, incl. initiating conversations and responding to unexpected questions. Stimulus will be provided for both.

A conversation that will cover any of the main themes covered in class. Learners will be given opportunity to cover extended sequences of speech. Subject content covered in role-plays will not be repeated.

  • a short list of items in the assessed language
  • short pieces of writing with specified content from the main themes
  • extended piece of writing e.g. email, letter or promotional material with specified content (approx. 100-120 words)
  • a translation of simple sentences from English into German (min. 35 words).
  • Writing of e.g. an email, letter or promotional material with specified content (approx. 100-120 words)
  • a shorter piece of writing with specified content
  • an extended more complex piece of writing e.g. a letter, email, web page (approx. 120-150 words)
  • a translation of a short passage from English into German (min. 50 words).

In the listening test, you will answer questions on recorded material from different topic areas. In the reading test, you will answer questions about texts on different topics, for example adverts, newspaper articles, literary texts (adapted) and e-mails.

Reading paper also includes translation of short passages into English (min. 35 words foundation tier and min. 50 words for higher tier).

MFL KS4 Curriculum Maps

How are the students assessed at GCSE?

Writing - Foundation or higher - 25% of the final grade examination

Reading & Listening - Foundation (1hr15) Higher (1 h45) 25% each of the final grade

SCA Grade Descriptors for MFL