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Modern foreign languages (MFL)

Learning a foreign language is a liberation from insularity and provides an opening to other cultures. A high-quality languages education should foster pupils’ curiosity and deepen their understanding of the world.

The teaching should enable pupils to express their ideas and thoughts in another language and to understand and respond to its speakers, both in speech and in writing. It should also provide opportunities for them to communicate for practical purposes, learn new ways of thinking and read great literature in the original language. Language teaching should provide the foundation for learning further languages, equipping pupils to study and work in other countries.  

Aims

The  curriculum for languages aims to ensure that all pupils:  

  • understand and respond to spoken and written language from a variety of authentic sources  
  • speak with increasing confidence, fluency and spontaneity, finding ways of communicating what they want to say, including through discussion and asking questions, and continually improving the accuracy of their pronunciation and intonation  
  • can write at varying length, for different purposes and audiences, using the variety of grammatical structures that they have learnt  
  • discover and develop an appreciation of a range of writing in the language studied. 

Languages curriculum information for Years 7-11

 7 

Autumn 

My family and I 

Hobbies 

 

M1 Assessment 

Reading + Writing + Vocab  

M2 Assessment 

Listening and Speaking + vocab 

  

Spring 

School 

Personal descriptions 

M3 Assessment 

Reading + Writing + Vocab 

  

Summer 

My town 

  

M4 Assessment 

Listening and Speaking + vocab 

M5 Assessment 

Reading + Writing + Vocab 

EOY Assessment 

 8 

Autumn 

Holidays 

Technology, music and TV 

M1 Assessment 

Reading + Writing + Vocab 

M2 Assessment 

Listening and Speaking + vocab 

  

Spring 

Mealtimes 

Shopping 

Going out 

M3 Assessment 

Reading + Writing + Vocab 

  

Summer 

Holidays 

M4 Assessment 

Listening and Speaking + vocab 

M5 Assessment 

Reading + Writing + Vocab 

EOY Assessment 

 9 

Autumn 

Holidays 

Module 1, Reading, Listening, Speaking and Writing assessment 

  

Spring 

School 

Module 2, Reading, Listening, Speaking and Writing assessment 

  

Summer 

People, interests and relationships 

Module 3, Reading, Listening, Speaking and Writing assessment 

 10 

Autumn 

Hobbies and interests 

Town 

Module 4, Reading, Listening, Speaking and Writing assessment 

  

Spring 

Mealtimes 

Festivals 

Health 

Module 5, Reading, Listening, Speaking and Writing assessment 

  

Summer 

The world of work 

 

 11 

Autumn 

Healthy lifestyles 

Sporting events 

Global issues 

Volunteering 

Modules 6 and 7, Reading, Listening, Speaking and Writing assessment 

  

Spring 

Revision 

 

GCSE course information 

Qualification & Board 

GCSE Spanish  

Course Content (for A level, how this follows on from GCSE) 

GCSE Languages develops the skills of speaking, listening, reading and writing in the foreign language through the study of the following topics: 

Theme 1: Identity and culture. 

  • Topic 1: Me, my family and friends 

  • Topic 2: Technology in everyday life 

  • Topic 3: Free-time activities 

  • Topic 4: Customs and festivals in Spanish-speaking countries/communities 

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

  • Topic 1: Home, town, neighbourhood and region 

  • Topic 2: Social issues 

  • Topic 3: Global issues 

  • Topic 4: Travel and tourism 

Theme 3: Current and future study and employment. 

  • Topic 1: My studies 

  • Topic 2: Life at school/college 

  • Topic 3: Education post-16 

  • Topic 4: Jobs, career choices and ambitions 

Potential Career paths 

Interpreter, Languages teacher, translator, journalist, diplomatic service officer, international aid worker, marketing executive, sales executive, solicitor, accountant. 

Assessments (inc. field work / assessed practicals) 

Listening 

35 minutes (Foundation Tier), 45 minutes (Higher Tier) 25% of GCSE 

  • Section A – questions in English, to be answered in English or non-verbally 

  • Section B – questions in Spanish, to be answered in Spanish or non-verbally 

Speaking 

60 marks (for each of Foundation Tier and Higher Tier) 25% of GCSE 

  • Role-play – 15 marks (2 minutes at Foundation Tier; 2 minutes at Higher Tier) 

  • Photo card – 15 marks (2 minutes at Foundation Tier; 3 minutes at Higher Tier) 

  • General conversation – 30 marks (3–5 minutes at Foundation Tier; 5–7 minutes at Higher Tier) 

Reading 

45 minutes (Foundation Tier), 1 hour (Higher Tier), 25% of GCSE 

  • Section A – questions in English 

  • Section B 

  • Section C – translation from Spanish into English Writing 

Writing 

 1 hour (Foundation Tier), 1 hour 15 minutes (Higher Tier) 25% of GCSE 

Core or Option 

  Option 

No Option Choices (GCSE only) 

  

No. GCSE / A Level equivalent 

 1 GCSE