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Faculty of Modern Foreign Languages

Modern Foreign Languages represents a significant part of the curriculum at East Bergholt High School and is a popular option at Key Stage 4.  The intake for French or German GCSE courses is above regional average and we are proud of the GCSE results.

In addition to giving students the necessary foundation in linguistic and literacy skills, the Modern Foreign Languages Department offers a large range of opportunities to widen the experience and understanding of other cultures in class and outside the classroom.

The variety of trips on offer gives students the opportunity to apply their linguistic knowledge and discover cultural particularities.  Most Year 8 students participate in a day trip to Saint Omer every summer; in Year 9, students can take part in an exchange with our German partner school; Year 10 students are invited to attend a 4 day residential trip to Paris, giving them the experience of a lifetime.

Besides trips, many other occasions are available throughout the year to create interest and engagement in Languages including Languages clubs, theatre plays, Cineclub and competitions.

Key Stage 3 Units of work studied and skills taught
The KS3 French and German courses are designed for students with or without prior knowledge, in contexts relevant to young people.  They aim to enable students to communicate successfully in the foreign language in practical situations, to learn about the culture, customs and daily life of French/German speaking countries.  The courses also encourage a positive attitude towards foreign language learning.

The four language skills (Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing) are developed and practiced through a variety of engaging activities, regularly using authentic materials and new technology.  Students also have the opportunity to apply and develop their knowledge and skills by taking part in extra-curricular activities such as trips, exchanges and clubs.

In Year 7, all students learn French; in Year 8 a majority of students are introduced to German as a second foreign language in addition to learning French.

Topics/contexts

French

Year

Autumn

Spring

Summer

7

Greetings and introductions, classroom vocabulary, numbers, time, dates, the alphabet;
Personal details (age, birthday, hobbies); likes and dislikes

More likes and dislikes; Description of people;
My school (subjects, timetable, description of school day)

Food, hobbies, Holidays

Communicate using two tenses (present and future tenses)

8

Me and the media (TV; cinema, reading, internet); Introduction of the past tense

My area, things to do there; Consolidation of present and near future tenses

A week in Paris; Consolidation of present and past tense; My identity (music, clothing, passion);
Use of three tenses

9

Teenagers and Social life (opinions, going out, invitation, dates, music festivals);
Lifestyle1

Lifestyle 2;
Healthy living and future choices

Introduction of the imperfect tense

Holidays;
Consolidation of three plus tenses

10

-Relationships with family and friends.

-Home and local area

-My studies

-Free time and leisure

 

-Healthy/ unhealthy living

-Life at school

-Customs and festival in TL country

-Travel and Tourism

- Education post-16

-Marriage and partnership

- revision

11

Holidays.Controlled assessment preparation

-Health

-Environment

Revision and exam skills

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

German

Year

Autumn

Spring

Summer

7

Greetings and introductions, classroom vocabulary, numbers, time, dates, the alphabet;
Personal details (age, birthday, hobbies); likes and dislikes

More likes and dislikes; Description of people;
My school (subjects, timetable, description of school day)

Food, hobbies, Holidays

Communicate using two tenses (present and future tenses)

8

Me and the media (TV; cinema, reading, internet); Introduction of the past tense

My area, things to do there; Consolidation of present and near future tenses

A week in Paris; Consolidation of present and past tense; My identity (music, clothing, passion);
Use of three tenses

9

Teenagers and Social life (opinions, going out, invitation, dates, music festivals);
Lifestyle1

Lifestyle 2;
Healthy living and future choices

Introduction of the imperfect tense

Holidays;
Consolidation of three plus tenses

10

-Relationships with family and friends

-Home and local area

-My studies

-Free time and leisure

 

-Healthy/ unhealthy living

-Life at school

-Customs and festival in TL country

-Travel and Tourism

- Education post-16

-Marriage and partnership

- revision

11

Holidays

Controlled assessment preparation

-Health

-Environment

Revision and exam skills

Resources website links (revision sites, exam board site etc.)

MFL audio files- Please use your Purple Workbookand complete as many listening tasks as possible:

BBC bitesize French: Reading and listening only.
Linguascope (3 levels: elementary, beginner, intermediate)
Podcast Francais Facile
Languaes on line
BBC languages

AQA - GCSE exam board
Edexcel - GCSE exam board

A list of KS4 Extra study support sessions can be found here

Staff and Responsibilities

  • Mrs Broomfield - Subject Leader, Modern Foreign Languages
  • Miss De Cillia, Teacher - French and Spanish
  • Mrs Chapman Roberts - Teacher of MFL
  • Mrs Gingall-Good - Teacher of MFL

Revision guides, key texts etc.
Oxford Learner's French Dictionary - ISBN 978-0-19-912745-0
Oxford Learner's German Dictionary - ISBN 978-0-19-912747-4
The Key Stage Three French Study guide by CGP - ISBN 978 1 84146 830 3
The Key Stage Three German Study guide by CGP - ISBN 978 1 84146 840 2
GCSE French Vocab book + Vocab Tester CD by CGP - Ref: FHIC41U and FHIC41C
GCSE GermanVocab book + Vocab Tester CD by CGP - Ref: DHIC41U and DHIC41C
GCSE French - The Revision Guide by CGP - ISBN 978 1 84762 283 9
GCSE German - The Revision Guide by CGP - ISBN 978 1 84762 294 5