KS4

Key Stage 4 French, German and Spanish

Our key stage 4 syllabus in MFL is designed to aid students in communicating effectively in their chosen language in a variety of situations. By the end of the two year course of study students are able to understand what they read and what they hear and they are also able to create language to express themselves in speaking and in writing. For all three languages, we use the AQA syllabus following the Pearson Studio, Stimmt and Viva workbooks.

Topics focus on students’ own experiences as well as the cultures of the French-, German- or Spanish-speaking worlds. Topics are grouped into three themes identified below:

· Identity and culture: personal relationships, technology, free time, customs and festivals;

· Local, national and global areas of interest: home-town and region, healthy living, environment, social issues, global events, travel and tourism;

· Current and future study and employment: school, post-16 education, work.

All four language skills (listening, speaking, reading, and writing) are covered equally and there is a additional focus on authentic texts, translation and spontaneous speaking.

Homework

Homework is weekly in KS4 and usually takes the form of vocabulary learning. All of our students are set up on memrise.com, an online platform and mobile app, which enables students to take a more independent approach to their learning.

Assessment

AQA GCSE (9-1)  

Students can enter the GCSE assessments at either higher or foundation tier. There are assessments in listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Each skill is worth 25% of the final GCSE mark. Assessment is by examination. We also conduct ongoing formative and summative assessments, including mock exams, throughout Years 10 and 11 in all four skills.