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Modern Foreign Languages Department

Our dynamic MFL department offers a window into the rest of the world. With four native speakers and the fresh outlook of our foreign language assistant, the MFL team has a wide breadth of knowledge. Student feedback reflects our continued popularity within the school thanks to the enjoyable and lively nature of lessons as well as strong staff-student relationships.

For detailed information on specifications refer to the Key Stage 4 or Key Stage 5 prospectus.

Our enthusiastic department offers an outstanding curriculum and great support for our students who have always performed well in Languages. We are passionate about opening students’ horizons and preparing them for higher education and the world of work through a positive experience of learning foreign languages. We all believe that the experience from the classroom is the starting point of something much bigger and that language learning is a skill which will bring our students much confidence and opportunities to develop and eventually be fluent. After school sessions are offered throughout the year to give extra support for students who want to benefit from the help that can be given in smaller groups.

Our results have proven to be well above the national average for over 10 years and students know that they can achieve in the subject. We aim to continue to provide an excellent offer and to develop the number of languages on offer. Many of our former students have moved and found exciting employments abroad and keep in touch to share their progress with us. It is heart-warming to know that we have played a part in their love for the language taught.

MFL Intent

In MFL, we believe in a challenging curriculum, aimed for all abilities. We give our students the opportunity to be ready for the world of work having good basis in the languages they are taught. We aim to teach all of our students up to Y11 at least through the more academic path, which are GCSEs, and the less exam focus, which is FCSE. Through studying modern foreign languages, you will be learning to consider your own culture through the discovery of other cultures. You will deepen your understanding of the world and of your native language. You will be able to express your ideas in a natural sequence starting with subjects you would naturally talk about as you learn to speak. You will have many opportunities to listen and respond to practical and social language preparing the foundations to communicate and work in the target language countries. You will be challenged by authentic texts and discover expressions and idioms which will further your understanding of the TL culture as well as your own.
Through covering everyday life topics, you will be immersed in the 4 skills equally as well as develop cultural understanding. We believe that the large majority of our students can take the Ebacc route and succeed.

The Team

Nadege Price

Head of MFL and Spanish
nprice@brookeweston.org

Esther Taylor

Head of French

etaylor@brookeweston.org

Alexie Pasdoit

Teacher of French
apasdoit@brookeweston.org

Nuria Vallejo

Teacher of Spanish
nvallejo@brookeweston.org

Maxime Jabado

Teacher of French
mjabado@brookeweston.org

Olivia Powell

Teacher of Spanish
Opowell@brookeweston.org
Kitty McGirr

Teacher of Spanish
Kmcgirr@brookeweston.org

The Curriculum

Key Stage 3

Across three years of study, students will build their vocabulary and sentences structures as well as the use of grammar. The focus of the first 2 years is to enrich their vocabulary and students will formally learn the formation of past, present and future in the last year of key stage 3. In Y9, they will gradually move through the 3 themes of Identity and culture, local, national, international and global areas of interest and current and future study and employment. All our topics within the themes will contain cultural knowledge or discussions in order for all students to benefit from the full experience of learning a language.

Year 7

Term 1

This term, students will begin to learn the basis of their new language and will be able to introduce themselves. They will learn numbers and will start to understand basic grammar points, such as adjective order, the verb 'to be' and simple sentence structure. Students will also be introduced to cultural differences and similarities within the topics that they will learn. Students will be informally assessed through regular vocabulary tests and their class work. Students will be introduced to Languagenut, which will run alongside the vocabulary they are studying in these topics.

Term 2

 

This term, students will learn how to talk about their families and will be able to describe people and pets, in terms of their physical description, their hair and eyes, and their characters. Students will also be introduced to cultural differences and similarities within the topics that they will learn. Students will be formally assessed in week 4 in the skills of writing and reading and through regular vocabulary tests and their class work. Students will continue to access Languagenut, which will run alongside the vocabulary they are studying in these topics.

 

Term 3

This term, students will learn how to talk about their physical features with particular focus on clothes, what they and others are wearing, and cultural tendencies in Francophone and Spanish Speaking countries concerning food and typical cuisine. Students will also be introduced to cultural differences and similarities within the topics that they will learn. Students will be formally assessed in week 8 in the skills of speaking and writing and through regular vocabulary tests and their class work. Students will continue to access Languagenut, which will run alongside the vocabulary they are studying in these topics.

 

Term 4

This term, students will continue to learn how to talk about the food that they eat, healthy and unhealthy living, and will start the topic of school. Students will also be introduced to cultural differences and similarities within the topics that they will learn, particularly to do with eating habits and school routines. Students will continue to access Languagenut, which will run alongside the vocabulary they are studying in these topics.

 

Term 5

This term, students will continue to learn how to talk about their school, careers and jobs and will talk about plans for the future, saying which job they would like to have and why. Students will also be introduced to cultural differences and similarities within the topics that they will learn. Students will be formally assessed in week 5 in the skills of writing and listening through a Trust wide assessment and through regular vocabulary tests and their class work. Students will continue to access Languagenut, which will run alongside the vocabulary they are studying in these topics.

 

Year 8

Term 1

This term, students will begin to talk about sports and other leisure activities as well as the weather using the verbs to do and to play in the present tense. Students will also be developing their grammar skills and increasing their knowledge of vocabulary. Students will be informally assessed through regular vocabulary tests and their class work. Formal assessment preparation for the skill of writing will take place in week 8 to be formally tested in term2. Students will also have the opportunity to do an oral presentation on the weather.

Term 2

This term, students will begin to talk about their towns and surrounding as well as learning directions to navigate. Students will also be developing their grammar skills and increasing their knowledge of vocabulary as well as using basic verbs in the conditional.  Students will be formally assessed in week 3 for the skills of writing and listening and through regular vocabulary tests as well as their class work. Students will also have the opportunity to do an oral presentation on towns from their target language speaking countries. They will gain an awareness of the differences in the buildings from different countries and different environments.

 

 

Term 3

This term, students will begin to talk about their houses and the rooms in their houses as well as learning about their daily life. Students will also be developing their grammar skills and increasing their knowledge of vocabulary as well as using basic verbs and reflexive verbs. Students will be formally assessed in week 7 Term 3 for the skills of writing and reading and through regular vocabulary tests as well as their class work. Students will also have the opportunity to do an oral presentation on the different routines and lifestyles from their target language speaking countries. They will gain an awareness of the differences of habits from different countries and different environments.

Term 4

This term, students will be learning to talk about body parts and feeling unwell. They will be able to explain their symptoms and offer suggestions, a topic that will be used for a role-play that will serve as a formal Speaking assessment in Term5. They will then be introduced to the topic of healthy living, exploring what should be done to stay healthy and what should be avoided. Students will be assessed informally this term through regular vocabulary tests and class activities. Students will also have the opportunity to do an oral presentation on the different diet programs that athletes/working people needs to follow from their target language speaking countries. They will gain an awareness of the differences of healthy habits that certain jobs can require. 

Term 5

This term, students will be learning about music and its importance in different target language speaking countries through authentic resources. Students will also explore all genres of films and will develop their culture awareness about the film industry and the role that cinema plays on the culture of the target language country. Furthermore, students will be able to express their opinions as if they were film critics. This term will end with a cultural topic project to celebrate the art of cinema in target language speaking countries. Students will be assessed informally this term through regular vocabulary tests and class activities. They will be assessed formally in writing and speaking in Week 7 during their end of year exam.

Year 9

Term 1

This term, students will begin to talk about the topic of family, relationships, causes of conflicts and the family of the 21st century. This topic will be taught in depth and will include cultural aspects. The past and future tenses will be formally introduced and practised throughout this term. Students will be informally assessed through regular vocabulary tests and their class work. This term students will also prepare for their formal writing assessment which will take place in term 2.

Term 2

This term, students will begin to talk about the topic of environment and environmental issues. This topic will be taught in depth and will include cultural aspects. The future tenses will be formally re-taught and practised during this term. Students will be informally assessed through regular vocabulary tests and their class work. This term students will also be formally assessed in the skills of writing and reading which will take place in week 4.

 

 

Term 3

This term, students will begin to talk about holiday destinations and preferences and recounting past holiday experiences as well as future destinations. Students will also be developing their grammar skills and increasing their knowledge of vocabulary as well as using past and future tenses. Students will be formally assessed in week 7 Term 3 for the skills of writing and listening and through regular vocabulary tests as well as their class work. Students will also have the opportunity to do an oral presentation on a holiday in the target language speaking countries. They will gain an awareness of the differences of holiday destinations in different target language countries including food, activities and landscape

 

Term 4

This term, students will begin to talk about technology and media.  What they use it for and expressing opinions and preferences.  They will be able to talk about the advantages and disadvantages of the internet and mobile phones.  Students will also be developing their grammar skills and increasing their knowledge of vocabulary.  They will make comparisons with technology now and in the past. Students will not be formally assessed but will work on speaking and writing skills.  All skills will be assessed through regular vocabulary tests as well as their class work. Students will also have the opportunity to create and present a presentation on technology in the target language speaking countries. They will gain an awareness of the habits of people and technology usage and the development of technology in their chosen country.

 

Term 5

This term, students will consolidate learning in the themes from the whole year; Family, Environment, Holidays and Technology in preparation for end of Year exams. Students will be assessed informally this term through regular vocabulary tests and class activities and formally in writing and speaking in week 5.

Key Stage 4

In the 2 years, students will deepen their study of the 3 themes and will cover the social issues of theme 2. All topics are covered on rotation with a focus on 2 skills at a time. All skills are equally covered and prepared. Students will also start to access full exam papers guided by their teacher through walking talking mocks to allow them to best be prepared for the various exam questions. Cultural discussions and knowledge will increase further and are linked to the target language countries.

Year 10 GCSE

Term 1

This term, students will study Theme 3 topics including education, work and future plans in a linguistic and cultural angle. Students will start in their GCSE Tier entries. They will study these topics through all 4 skills and will be regularly assessed with vocabulary/sentences tests. Grammar will be assessed in all skills and will be part of each lessons. This term students will also prepare for their formal writing and speaking assessments which will take place in term 2.

Term 2

This term, students will study Theme 2 topics including town and region as well as house and chores. We will also cover the topics of social and environmental issues in a linguistic and cultural angle. Students will start in their GCSE Tier entries. They will study these topics through all 4 skills and will be regularly assessed with vocabulary/sentences tests. Grammar will be assessed in all skills and will be part of each lessons. This term students will also talk about the cultural celebrations from theme 1 during the last week. This term students will also take their writing and speaking papers.   

Term 3

This term, students will study Theme 1 and 2 topics including leisure activities, sports, music, and cinema and eating out in a linguistic and cultural angle. Students will study these topics through all 4 skills and will be regularly assessed with vocabulary/sentences tests. Grammar will be assessed in all skills and will be part of each lessons.
This term students will also prepare and be formally tested in writing and reading assessments which will take place in week 5 of term 3.

Term 4

This term, students will study Theme 1 topics including family relationships and technology in a linguistic and cultural angle. Students will study these topics through all 4 skills and will be regularly assessed with vocabulary/sentences tests. Grammar will be assessed in all skills and will be part of each lessons. This term students will also prepare and be formally tested in writing and listening assessments which will take place in week 5-6 of term 4.

Term 5

This term, students will study Theme 2 topics including travels and tourism in a linguistic and cultural angle. Students will study these topics through all 4 skills and will be regularly assessed with vocabulary/sentences tests. Grammar will be assessed in all skills and will be part of each lessons. This term students will also prepare and be formally tested in writing in the context of previously taught topics and listening assessments covering all topics which will take place in week 2 of term 5.

Year 10 FCSE

Term 1

This term students will complete Unit 1: Relationships, family and friends and prepare for assessments in all four skills to be completed at the beginning of Term 2.  Topics include physical and personality descriptions of yourself, describing family members, talking about friends and relationships.

Term 2

This term students will complete Unit 8: Celebrations.  They will review key vocabulary for dates and time expressions and learn to discuss parties, birthdays, weddings and key festivals from the target language country.  There is opportunity for cultural awareness of how different countries celebrate.  Assessments in Listening, reading, speaking and writing will be completed at the end of the term.

Term 3

This term students will complete Unit 7: Local area and environment.  They will discuss environmental problems and solutions, describe where they live and what they can do in town, weather phrases, different types of house and house descriptions.  They will prepare for assessments in listening, reading, speaking and writing.

Term 4

This term students will complete Unit 3: Holidays and Travel.  They will talk about how they travel, holiday activities, accommodation and problems and weather.  They will review past and future tense to express what they have done and what they would like to do.  They will prepare for assessments in listening, reading, speaking and writing.

Term 5

This term students will complete Unit 4: Leisure.  They will talk about how leisure activities including sports, television, film, music and technology.  They will also review invitations to go out and how to give excuses.  They will prepare for assessments in listening, reading, speaking and writing and complete these in Week 7.  The end of term will be used to ensure portfolios are up to date and outstanding assessments are completed.

Year 11 GCSE

Term 1

This term, students will start with a focus on their Speaking preparations and will work on a number of topics from themes 3 and 1. The 3rd lesson of the week will be kept for either writing or speaking but all 4 skills will be equally practised in the lessons. Students will have the opportunity to retrieve the vocabulary and the grammatical concepts previously learnt and will further their vocabulary and expressions in the 4 skills. They will be assessed regularly through vocabulary tests, and reading, listening, speaking and writing tasks and will have a formal assessment(AP1) in Week 6 with 3 full papers (reading/listening/writing).

Term 2

This term, students will work on a number of topics from themes 1,2 and 3. The 3rd lesson of the week will be kept for either writing or speaking but all 4 skills will be equally practiced in the lessons. Students will have the opportunity to retrieve the vocabulary and the grammatical concepts previously learnt and will further their vocabulary and expressions in the 4 skills. They will be assessed regularly through vocabulary tests, and reading, listening, speaking and writing task and will have their speaking mock exams in Week 6 and 7 prior to next term's mocks in writing, reading and listening.

Term 3

This term, students will work on a number of topics from Theme1.  The 3rd lesson of the week will be kept for either writing or speaking but all 4 skills will be equally practiced in the lessons. Students will have the opportunity to retrieve the vocabulary and the grammatical concepts previously learnt and will further their vocabulary and expressions in the 4 skills. They will be assessed regularly through vocabulary tests, and reading, listening, speaking and writing task and will have their mocks in writing, reading and listening.

Term 4

This term, students will work on a number of topics from Theme1.  The 3rd lesson of the week will be kept for either writing or speaking but all 4 skills will be equally practiced in the lessons. Students will have the opportunity to retrieve the vocabulary and the grammatical concepts previously learnt and will further their vocabulary and expressions in the 4 skills. They will be assessed regularly through vocabulary tests, and reading, listening, speaking and writing task and will have their mocks in writing, reading and listening.

Year 11 FCSE

Term 1

This term students will complete Unit 2: Education and future plans.  They will describe the school, talk about school subjects and teachers and give their opinions on them.  They will talk about rules and uniform and the school day.  They will use future tense to talk about plans for after school. They will prepare for assessments in all four skills to be completed in week 8.

Term 2

This term students will complete Unit 6:  Food and Drink and prepare for assessments in all skills to be completed at the end of term.  The speaking component will be an externally-set role-play on the topic of restaurant/café or shop.  This will be recorded and will take place during the mock exams.

Term 3

This term students will complete Unit 5: Healthy Lifestyle.  This will build on the previous term’s learning on food and drink, and they will talk about healthy and unhealthy lifestyles, exercise, smoking and alcohol and illnesses.  They will prepare for assessments in all 4 skills.  The writing will be a translation task. 

Term 4

This term is to be used to ensure that portfolios are complete and include 12 pieces of evidence ie one listening, one reading, one speaking and one writing, from each of the three units selected out of the eight available, each unit coming from a different theme.

Key Stage 5

A Level French

Year 12

Unit 1 - The new trends of the family

This topic is part of Theme1: Aspect of French-speaking society : the current trends.  In this topic, students will first describe and discuss trends in marriage and other forms of partnership, then consider and discuss the merits and problems of different family structures. Finally, they will consider relationships between the generations and discuss problems that can arise.

Unit 2 - The cyber-society

This topic is part of Theme1: Aspect of French-speaking society : the current trends.  In this topic, students will first describe and discuss how technology has transformed everyday life. Then, consider and discuss the dangers of digital technology. Finally, they will consider the different users of digital technology and discuss possible future developments.

Unit 3 - the role of voluntary work

This topic is part of Theme1: Aspect of French-speaking society : the current trends.  In this topic, students will first examine the voluntary sector in France and the range of work volunteers provide. Then, they will discuss the benefits Of voluntary work for those that are helped and how beneficiaires request help. Finally, they will look at the benefits of voluntary work for those that do it and for society as a whole.

 

Unit 4 - A culture proud of its heritage

This topic is part of Theme2: Artistic culture in the French-speaking world. In this topic, student will first understand the notion of heritage and heritage preservation on a regional and national scale. Then, they will consider the way in which some of the country's most famous heritage sites market themselves. Finally, students will comprehend how heritage impacts upon and is guided by culture in society.

Unit 5 - Contemporary French music and cinema

This topic is part of Theme2: Artistic culture in the French-speaking world. In this topic, student will first consider the popularity of contemporary francophone music and its diversity of genre and style. Then, they will consider who listens to contemporary francophone music, how often and by what means. Finally, they will consider and discuss the threats to contemporary francophone music and how it might be safeguarded.

Unit 6 - Cinema

This topic is part of Theme2: Artistic culture in the French-speaking world. In this topic, student will first consider a variety of aspects of French cinema. Then, they will consider the major developments in the evolution of French cinema from its beginning until the present day. Finally, they will consider the continuing popularity of French cinema and film festivals. 

Film Study -  La Haine

Students will watch and study a French film - La Haine. They will be discussing the themes, the characters, and the social and cultural context in order to write an essay.

Year 13

Unit 1 - The positive aspects of a diverse society

This topic is part of Theme 3: Aspects of French-speaking society: the current issues. In this topic, students will first consider the benefits of living in an ethnically diverse society. Then, they will consider the need for tolerance and respect of diversity. Finally, they will consider how we can promote diversity to create a richer world.

Unit 2- What life for the one who are socially marginalised?

This topic is part of Theme 3: Aspects of French-speaking society: the current issues. In this topic, students will first examine different groups who are socially marginalised. Then, they will discuss measures to help those who are marginalised. Finally, they will consider contrasting attitudes to people who are marginalised.

Unit 3- How do we treat criminals

This topic is part of Theme 3: Aspects of French-speaking society: the current issues. In this topic, students will first examine different attitudes to crime. Then, they will discuss prison and its merits and problems. Finally, they will consider alternative forms of punishment.

 

Unit 4- The right to vote and the political engagement of young people

This topic is part of Theme 4: Aspects of political life in the French-speaking world. In this topic, student will first discuss arguments relating to the vote and examine the French political system and its evolution. Then, they will discuss engagement levels of young people and their influence on politics. Finally, they will discuss the future of politics and political engagement

Unit 5- Strikes and protests - To whom the power belong to?

This topic is part of Theme 4: Aspects of political life in the French-speaking world. In this topic, student will first understand the important role of unions. Then, they will talk about strikes and protests and consider different methods of protesting. Finally, they will discuss different attitudes towards strikes, protests and other political tensions.

Unit 6- Immigration

This topic is part of Theme 4: Aspects of political life in the French-speaking world. In this topic, student will first understand the important role of unions. Then, they will talk about strikes and protests and consider different methods of protesting. Finally, they will discuss different atitudes towards strikes, protests and other political tensions.

Literature study - No et moi

Students will read and study a French book - No et moi by Delphine De Vigan. They will be discussing the themes, the characters, and the social and cultural context in order to write an essay.

A Level Spanish

Year 12

Unit 1 

This topic is part of Theme1 (Aspects of Hispanic society). In this topic, students will first describe and discuss trends on changes in the family, attitudes towards marriage and divorce. Students will also consider the influence of the Catholic Church in Spanish society.

Unit 2

This topic is part of Theme1 (Aspects of Hispanic society). In this topic, students will consider the influence of the Internet, as well as the advantages and dangers of social media. Finally students will discuss the impact of mobile technology across society.

Unit 3

This topic is part of Theme1 (Aspects of Hispanic society). In this topic, students will consider the role of women in the labour market. Then they will discuss the issue of sexism and feminism in Spanish society. Finally, they will consider the rights of the LGTB and transgender community.

Unit 4

This topic is part of Theme 2 (Multiculturalism in Hispanic society).  In this topic, students will analyse the role of singers, musicians, TV and cinema stars as well as models in Spanish society.

Unit 5

This topic is part of Theme 2 (Multiculturalism in Hispanic society).  In this topic, students will consider the traditions and customs in Spain as well as the diversity of regional gastronomy. They will als become familiar with the linguistic diversity that make up Spain.

Unit 6

This topic is part of Theme 2(Multiculturalism in Hispanic society).  In this topic, students will consider be presented with a variety of touristy sites and pre-hispanic civilisations like Machu Picchu or la Alhambra. They will also consider the different trends in arts and architecture along history as well as considering the vast musical heritage.

Film study

Students will watch and study a Spanish film and the will be discussing the themes, characters together with the social and cultural context in order to write an essay. They will also read and study a Spanish play in order to write an essay based on the knowledge gained about characters, themes and literary techniques

Year 13

Unit 1 - Immigration

This topic is part of Theme 4: Aspects of political life in the Spanish-speaking world. In this topic, student will first discuss the positive or negative aspects of immigration. Then, they will learn about immigration in the Spanish-speaking world. Finally, students will discuss what problems illegal migrants might face. Regarding the grammar, students will revise the form and use the present tense, imperfect and preterite tenses as well as compound tenses.

Unit 2 - Racism

This topic is part of Theme 3: Aspects of Spanish-speaking society: the current issues. In this topic, students will first discuss racist and xenophobic attitudes in the Spanish-speaking world. Then, students will understand and discuss measures to combat racism and their effectiveness. And also, they will look at existing legislation against it. Regarding the grammar, students will improve the use of nouns and adjectives, use the conditional and future tenses.

Unit 3 - Living together

This topic is part of Theme 3: Aspects of Spanish-speaking society: the current issues. In this topic, students will first unsderstand and describe the different ways cultures integrate in Hispanic society. Second, students will understand and describe the issues surrounding the integration of different cultures within the sphere of education. Finally, they will understand and describe the coexistence of various religions in the Hispanic world. Regarding the grammar, students will learn how to form and use prepositions, pronouns and adverbs.

Unit 4 - Young people now, citizens in the future

This topic is part of Theme 4: Aspects of political life in the Spanish-speaking world. In this topic, student will first discuss the importance of politics in young people's lives. Then, they will discuss the unemployement situation amongst young people nowadays and how it is affecting them. Finally, they will describe and discuss the type of society young people in the Hispanic world want to live in. Regarding the grammar, students will learn how to use the present subjunctive, imperatives and perfect subjunctive.

Unit 5 - Monarchy and dictatorship

This topic is part of Theme 4: Aspects of political life in the Spanish-speaking world. In this topic, student will first understand the impact of the civir war and discuss life under Franco's dictatorship. Then, they will describe and discuss the changes from monarchy and republic to dictatorship describing the transition from dictatorship to monarchy. Finally, students will discuss dictatoriships in Latin America, particulary in Panama, Chile and Argentina. Regarding the grammar, students will revise the preterite tense and learn how to form and use the imperfect subjunctive

Unit 6 - Popular movements

This topic is part of Theme 4: Aspects of political life in the Spanish-speaking world. In this topic, student will first consider and discuss how effective protests and strikes are. Then, they will talk about the power of trade unions. Finally, they will discuss the 15-M Movement in Spain and the Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo in Argentina. Regarding the grammar, students will learn how to use if clauses + pluperfect subjunctive/imperfect subjunctive and use the passive voice. 

Cinema (Volver) and literature (La Casa de Bernarda Alba)

Students will watch and study a Spanish film and the will be discussing the themes, characters together with the social and cultural context in order to write an essay. They will also read and study a Spanish play in order to write an essay based on the knowledge gained about characters, themes and literary techniques.

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