MODERN FOREIGN LANGUAGES DEPARTMENT

VISION & INTENT

The curriculum we offer our students at Eastlea reflects the aims and aspirations we have for them. Therefore, we plan to:

Give them the knowledge, understanding and skills to progress onto the next stage of their education, irrespective of their prior attainment, background or ethnicity.

  • The MFL FACULTY aims to produce confident, capable and articulate linguists who can work independently in their Speaking and Writing with a range of vocabulary, tenses and complex structures.

  • Our students are able to express opinions and offer justifications.

  • Learning is themed around real world topics and issues which gradually introduces increasingly complex levels of language in order to cater for the HAPs (High Attaining Pupil) 

Produce students with high aspirations, resilience and independence so that they can maximise the opportunities they are given to progress.

  • The majority of students on Pathways A/B at KS4 continue with French and Spanish. Students are provided with a well-planned and challenging curriculum. 

  • An opportunity is also given to EAL students and those on the lower Pathways, to study a language at KS4 should they wish to do so.

  • High expectations are consistently applied in most lessons. 

  • Students are encouraged to take risks and are constantly rewarded by doing so.

  • Most Students are given opportunities to succeed and make the expected progress in lessons. Those who exceed expectations in terms of effort, attainment and achievement are nominated and celebrated in front of their parents.

Provide a broad curriculum with flexible pathways through the key stages to allow students to maximise their attainment by developing the skills and talents they already hold.

  • We provide students with opportunities to master the four skill areas of Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing.

  • Students are constantly given opportunities to learn and work from memory to ensure they are fully prepared for the demands of the new GCSE.

  • Memory assignments are regularly set to students on DPR, in order for them to enhance their retention and remembering skills, in readiness for speaking and writing. 

MODERN FOREIGN LANGUAGES KEY STAGE 3

Throughout Key Stage 3 students are introduced to the French/Spanish Language and are strongly encouraged to use the target language when interacting with their teachers and their peers. Emphasis is placed upon the four skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing. Students will also learn about French civilisation and culture.

 

Topics covered in the KS3 curriculum are:

Self and others, holidays, school life, leisure activities, fashion, food and drinks, countries, nationalities and local area, body and illnesses.​

 

There are National Curriculum level tests every half-term.   Assessments in Languages include a combination of: End of Unit tests/modules, Controlled tasks or assignment, extended writing, regular marking and feedback of class work and homework.

MODERN FOREIGN LANGUAGES KEY STAGE 4

The MFL GCSE course at Eastlea involves continued study of the 4 skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing. Students will learn about French/Spanish culture and civilisation.

 

Year 9, Theme1: Identity and culture 

Year 10, Theme 2: Local, national, international and global areas of interest 

Year 11, Theme 3: Current and future study and employment 

ACADEMIC INTERVENTION IN MODERN FOREIGN LANGUAGES

Students attend compulsory lunchtime clubs twice a week, during which they will practice memory and pronunciation skills as these are the requirements for a C+ grade.

 

These rehearsals sessions will take place with our Language Assistants who are native speakers. This will allow them to get used to various French accents and give them an opportunity to develop their Listening skills.

 

At various times in the year, revision sessions and activities are held during half term breaks and on Saturdays. 

ENRICHMENT & EXTRA-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES IN

MODERN FOREIGN LANGUAGES

We provide students with a range of enrichment opportunities to help them become responsible citizens who can make a positive contribution to society.

  • European Day of Languages is celebrated each year to celebrate diversity and difference.

  • The Language Department organises a French trip every two years to develop an awareness and understanding of France, its people and culture. Learning a language is important. We aim to challenge the view that learning a language is not necessary. ( we will be taking 32 KS4 students to Lille on November 27 this year, 40 year 8/9 students to Paris in April 2020 and 40 year 7 students on a day trip to Nausicaa )

  • We regularly run EXAM SKILLS sessions on Thursdays after school and targeted one to one support sessions every day.

  • Our FLAs run Spanish and French Enrichment and cultural sessions every Monday and Tuesday at lunch time

  • We offer after-school/Easter/twilight revision sessions to highlight the importance of hard work, independence and co-operation in order to be a successful and productive member of society.

USEFUL LINKS & RESOURCES FOR MODERN FOREIGN LANGUAGES

CONTACT DETAILS FOR MODERN FOREIGN LANGUAGES

John Gnahore - Curriculum Team Leader of MFL

If you wish to make contact please mark FAO at: 

info@eastlea.newham.sch.uk 

ADDITIONAL SUPPORT & INFORMATION 

In addition to The very popular European day of languages, the international Hispanic day and the spring festival we celebrate every year, we take students on trips abroad.

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