Subject Leader of MFL - Miss Seris

Why study a foreign language?

By taking a language at GCSE you’ll have amazing skills and a valuable talent that’s applicable to

almost everything you do - so, it's quite a handy subject.  Speaking another language really makes

you stand out from the crowd.  Speaking more than one language increases your brain capacity

and you have better memory too.  It’s the perfect way to meet new people and discover new


Learning a language shows the type of person you are and demonstrates that you have a wide range of transferrable skills, which are extremely attractive to higher education providers and employers - using a language at work could raise your salary from 8-20%.  Above all, learning a language improves your communication skills in both your native language and the foreign language.
What will I study?

There are three themes with different topics within them:

THEME 1: Identity and culture (me, my family and friends, technology in everyday life, free time activities, customs and festivals in Spanish speaking countries/communities).

THEME 2: Local, national, international and global areas of interest (home, town, neighbourhood and region, social issues, global issues, travel and tourism).

THEME 3: Current and future study and employment (my studies, life at school/college, education post 16, jobs/career choice and ambitions).

There is a strong emphasis on culture and identity, independence, translation and grammatical knowledge. There is also a big focus on applying languages in personal, academic and employment-related contexts.

What happens in lessons?

You will develop skills in four areas – reading, writing, listening and speaking.  Lessons are aimed at developing a wide range of personal and academic skills, collaborative learning and enjoyment of the subject.  Our aim is to provide exciting opportunities for students to develop their confidence, improve their independent learning skills and to foster a love of other languages and cultures.  You will learn grammar and structures that you can apply to many different situations which will enable you to be spontaneous and think on your feet.

How will I be assessed?

You will have four exams at the end of Year 11, equally weighted at 25% each – reading, writing, listening and speaking.  There will be plenty of opportunities during Y9, Y10 and Y11 to practise for these exams and exam type questions are built into lessons from Year 9.

What skills will I need?

Anyone can learn a language, and you will develop and enhance your useful skills along the way. A language learner must be a good listener, have the confidence to speak aloud and have the determination and tenacity to keep going when something is difficult.  Learning another language speaks volumes about the type of person you are and the skills you possess.  

I am literate • I can communicate well • I am open minded and tolerant • I can perform well under pressure • I am culturally aware • I am confident • I have highly developed listening skills • I persevere when something is difficult • I can think on my feet and express myself well verbally

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