Modern Foreign Languages

Introduction

The Modern Languages Faculty offers French and Spanish across the 11-18 curriculum. Both subject areas work closely together to form a diverse, friendly and cohesive team dedicated to sharing resources and expertise with the shared goal of constantly improving the quality of teaching on offer. The MFL team has always had an excellent reputation of supporting newly qualified teachers and regularly mentors Sussex or Brighton University trainees who are looking to qualify in the profession.

Teaching & Learning

The Faculty uses a range of teaching and learning techniques striving to deliver teaching using an equal balance of technology and communicative language teaching methodology, whereby students are taught using as much exposure to the target language as possible. Independent as well as pair and group work involving role-play scenarios incorporating the use video camera and other media feature in classroom practise. Active learning and developing skills in all four attainment target areas of listening, speaking, reading and writing are integral to the work of the MFL team.

Facilities

We are a well-resourced department, using up to date course books at KS3 and KS4 and resources are often tailor made for groups to keep subject content relevant and motivating. At KS5 students are given the flexibility to choose some areas of study, supported by staff. Every MFL classroom is equipped with an IWB.

Enrichment

The MFL Faculty offers a range of clubs to enrich and support the learning of language students.  French and Spanish clubs are offered at least once a week which seek to offer independence, extension, revision and intervention in order to improve student outcomes particularly at exam level. 

Curriculum

Learning outcomes for MFL on pathway 8 – click here
Learning outcomes for MFL on pathway 7 – click here
Learning outcomes for MFL on pathway 6 – click here
Learning outcomes for MFL on pathway 5 – click here
Learning outcomes for MFL on pathway 4 – click here
Learning outcomes for MFL on pathway 3 – click here
Learning outcomes for MFL on pathway 2 – click here

Revision

The course information below is only an outline of course content / learning objectives and should NOT be used as a guide to the topics for revision purposes.  Detailed guidance for revision for this subject can be found as follows:

  • GCSE / Level 2 courses  will be assessed using the topic content of Years 9, 10 & 11 –  please click here for detailed revision advice
  • A level / Level 3 courses will be assessed using the topic content of Years 12 & 13 –  please click here for detailed revision advice
Year Course & Topics covered Level Contact for more detail
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French course:

Transition Module:

  • Greeting +names
  • Numbers from 1-31
  • Age+ birthday +months
  • Where you live (country and village-town) and since how long
  • Personality

Module 1: school

  • School subject and opinions
  • Timetable

Module 2: Family, friends and pets

  • Introducing people using the 3rd person and give some details information ie name and personality.

Module 3: Free time (leisure and sports)

  • Talking about your leisure and hobbies
  • Using a range of opinions
  • Describing facilities in a sport centre
  • Talking about you are going to do in your next holidays using the near future tense

Spanish Course

Transition Module:

  • Greeting +names
  • Numbers from 1-31
  • Age+ birthday +months
  • Where you live (country and village-town)
  • Introduce your family using the 3rd person

Module 1: Free time

  • Using a range of opinions to talk about your hobbies and leisure.
  • Future tense

Module 2: In the city

  • Describing what is in your town or village.
  • Weather

Module 3: My house

  • Describing where you live
  • Talking about your house
  • Describe your ideal home using the Conditional
  • Prepositions
Pathways 1-8 Mrs Valerie Dubois-Collins
vdubois-collins@heathfieldcc.co.uk
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French Course:

Module 1: The Perfect tense with avoir auxiliary through Media and activities

  • TV programs
  • Adverb +present tense
  • Saying what you watch last night and give an opinion.
  • Talking about other activities you did yesterday using perfect tense with ER, IR and RE verbs.

The Perfect tense with être auxiliary through Town and shops

  • Je suis allé (e)  = I went

Module 2: Food

  • Use of present, perfect and near future tense with the 3 daily meals
  • Develop role-plays related to buying food in a shop or ordering in a restaurant.

Module 3: Describing your house

  • Describing your house and the rooms
  • Talking about your bedroom + prepositions
  • Describing your ideal home using the conditional.
  • Describing the chores, you do at home to help.
  • Present and perfect tense.

Spanish Course:

Module 1: Inviting someone to go out

  • Near Future
  • Conditional
  • Introducing the Role-play

Module 2: Holidays

  • Describing a holiday, you went on.
  • Preterit tense
  • Comparisons
  • Near future tense

Module 3: Food

  • Buying food at the market
  • Ordering in a restaurant
  • Preterit tense with IR and ER verbs
Pathways 1-8
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French extended Edexcel GCSE Course

Unit 1:

  • Talking about friends and friendships
  • Using irregular verbs in the present tense
  • Talking about family relationship
  • Using reflexive verbs in the present tense
  • Making arrangements to go out
  • Using the near future tense
  • Using the perfect tense
  • Talking about your life using the imperfect tense

Unit 2:

  • Talking about sports
  • Using the comparative form
  • Talking about books and reading
  • Using the imperfect tense
  • Talking about television programmes and using direct object pronouns
  • Talking about actors and films
  • Using superlative adjectives

Spanish extended Edexcel GCSE Course

Unit 1:

  • Saying what you do in summer
  • Using the present tense
  • Talking about holiday preference
  • Using verbs of opinion and understanding percentages
  • Saying what you did on holiday
  • Using the preterite tense
  • Describing where you stayed
  • Using the imperfect tense
  • Booking accommodation and dealing with problems
  • Using verbs with ‘usted’ and using questions to form answers
  • Giving an account of a holiday in the past
  • Using three tenses together

Unit 2:

  • Talking about school subjects and teachers
  • Using comparatives and superlatives
  • Describing your school
  • Using negatives
  • Talking about school rules and problems
  • Using phrases followed by the infinitive
  • Talking about plans for a school exchange
  • Using the near future tense
  • Talking about activities and achievements
  • Using object pronouns

The specifications for the French course can be found by clicking here.

The specifications for the Spanish course can be found by clicking here.

GCSE

Note that all Language intensive courses have the same content as the extended GCSE course but this is taught over 2 years instead of 3. Students have 7 lessons a fortnight in Yr9 and 6 in Yr 10.

Mrs K Ridgwell – kridgwell@heathfieldcc.co.uk
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French Extended Edexcel GCSE Course

Unit 3:

  • Describing your daily life
  • Using the pronoun ‘en’
  • Talking about food for special occasions
  • Asking questions in the ‘tu’ and ‘vous’ forms
  • Describing family celebrations
  • Using ‘venir de’ + infinitive
  • Describing festival and traditions
  • Using a combination of tenses

Unit 4: 

  • Describing a region
  • Using the ponoun ‘y’
  • Talking about tyour town, village or district
  • Using negatives
  • Discussing what to see and do
  • Asking questions using ‘quel/ quelle/ quells/ quelles’
  • Discussing plans and the weather
  • Using the future tense
  • Describing community projects
  • Using the present, perfect and future tenses

Unit 5:

  • Talking about an ideal holiday
  • Using the conditional tense
  • Booking and reviewing hotels
  • Using reflexive verbs in the perfect tense
  • Ordering in a restaurant
  • Using ‘en’ + present participle
  • Talking about travelling
  • Using ‘avant de’ + infinitive
  • Buying souvenirs
  • Using demonstrative adjectives and pronouns
  • Talking about holiday disasters
  • Using the pluperfect tense

 

German Extended Edexcel GCSE Course

Unit 3:

  • Talking about what makes a good friend
  • Using possessive adjectives
  • Describing relationships
  • Using the dative with ‘mit’
  • Discussing weekend activities
  • Using the prepositions ‘in’ and ‘an’
  • Discussing role models
  • Using pronouns to talk about different people
  • Comparing your life as a child to your life now
  • Using modal verbs in the imperfect tense

Unit 4:

  • Meeting and greeting an exchange partner
  • Using the correct register: du/Sie
  • Describing your home
  • Prepositions with the accusative and dative cases
  • Talking about what you do on a typical day
  • Using reflexive and separable verbs
  • Discussing traditional German meals
  • Giving opinions in the past tense
  • Discussing how and when you use social media and technology
  • Using ‘wenn’ clauses
  • Discussing advantages and disadvantages of social media and technology
  • Expressing complex opinions with ‘dass’

Unit 5:

  • Discussing ways of travelling and buying train tickets
  • Comparative and superlative adjectives
  • Describing accommodation and associated problems
  • Using the demonstrative article ‘dieser’
  • Asking for and understanding directions to sights in Vienna
  • Using imperatives
  • Ordering at a restaurant
  • Using ‘wenn’ clauses with the subjunctive
  • Shopping for souvenirs
  • Nominative and accusative adjective endings
  • Describing problems
  • Using ‘seit’ and the present tense

Spanish extended Edexcel GCSE Course

Unit 3:

  • Talking about social networks
  • Using ‘para’ with infinitives
  • Making arrangements
  • Using the present continuous tense
  • Talking about reading preferences
  • Using a range of connectives
  • Describing people
  • Using ‘ser’ ad ‘estar’
  • Talking about friends and family
  • Referring to the present and past

Unit 4:

  • Talking about what you usually do
  • Using ‘soler’ + infinitive
  • Talking about sports
  • Using the imperfect tense to say what you used to do
  • Talking about what’s trending
  • Using the perfect tense
  • Discussing different types of entertainment
  • Using ‘algunos/ ciertos/ otros/ muchos’
  • Talking about who inspires you
  • Using a range of past tenses

Unit 5:

  • Describing the features of a region
  • Using ‘se puede’ and ‘se pueden’
  • Planning what to do
  • Using the future tense
  • Shopping for clothes and presents
  • Using demonstrative adjectives
  • Talking about problems ina atown
  • Using the conditional tense
  • Describing a visit in the past
  • Using different tense together

The specifications for the French course can be found by clicking here.

The specifications for the German course can be found by clicking here.

The specifications for the Spanish course can be found by clicking here.

 GCSE  Mrs K Ridgwell – kridgwell@heathfieldcc.co.uk
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French Extended Edexcel GCSE Course

Unit 6: 

  • Talking about your school
  • Using the pronouns ‘il/elle’
  • Comparing school in the UK with French-speaking countries
  • Using the pronouns ‘ils/elles’
  • Discussing school rules
  • Using ‘il faut’ and ‘il est interdit de’
  • Talking about getting the best out of school
  • Using the imperative
  • Talking about a school exchange
  • Using past, present, and future time frames

Unit 7:

  • Discussing career choices
  • Saying ‘better/worse’ and ‘the best/worst thing’
  • Talking about plans, hopes and wishes
  • Understanding the subjunctive
  • Discussing the importance of languages
  • Using adverbs
  • Applying for jobs
  • Using direct object pronouns in the perfect tense
  • Understanding case studies
  • Using verbs followed by ‘à’ or ‘de’

Unit 8:

  • Discussing problems facing the world
  • Making connections between word types
  • Talking about protecting the environment
  • Using the modal verbs ‘pouvoir and devoir’ in the conditional tense
  • Discussing ethical shopping
  • Using the passive
  • Talking about volunteering
  • Using indirect object pronouns
  • Discussing big events
  • Giving arguments for and against

 

German extended Edexcel GCSE Course

Unit 6:

  • Discussing different types of holiday
  • Using prepositions with the genitive case
  • Discussing holiday experiences
  • Using the pluperfect tense
  • Discussing holiday plans
  • Using infinitive constructions with ‘zu’
  • Describing places where people live
  • Using ‘es gibt’ with ‘ein’ und ‘kein’
  • Assessing the advantages and disadvantages of where you live
  • Saying what you could, should or would do

Unit 7:

  • Understanding job descriptions
  • Recognising sequences
  • Preparing a personal profile for job applications
  • Developing an understanding of word order with ‘weil’
  • Talking about your dream job
  • Using a variety of tenses
  • Discussing reasons for learning German and other languages
  • Using ‘um…zu’ + infinitive
  • Talking about using German beyond school
  • Using ‘etwas’ plus an adjective

Unit 8:

  • Debating the advantages and disadvantages of a global sporting event
  • Coping with numbers and dates
  • Discussing the positive and negative aspects of a global music event
  • Developing an awareness of adjectival nouns
  • Explaining what a school does to be environmentally friendly
  • Using comparative and superlative adjectives and adverbs
  • Explaining what a country can do to be environmentally friendly
  • Using subordinate clauses
  • Understanding texts about international and local campaigns
  • Developing an awareness of the passive

 

Spanish extended Edexcel GCSE Course

Unit 6:

  • Talking about typical foods
  • Using the passive
  • Comparing different festivals
  • Avoiding the passive
  • Describing a special day
  • Using reflexive verbs in the preterite
  • Ordering in a restaurant
  • Using absolute superlatives
  • Talking about a music festival
  • Using expressions followed by the infinitive

Unit 7:

  • Talking about how you earn money
  • Using ‘soler’ in the imperfect tense
  • Talking about work experience
  • Using the preterit and imperfect tenses together
  • Talking about the importance of learning languages
  • Using the present and the present continuous
  • Applying for a summer job
  • Using the indirect object pronouns
  • Discussing gap years
  • Using the subjunctive with ‘cuando’

Unit 8:

  • Considering global issues
  • Using the present subjunctive
  • Talking about local actions
  • Using the subjunctive in commands
  • Discussing healthy lifestyles
  • Understanding different tenses
  • Talking about international sporting events
  • Using the pluperfect tense
  • Talking about natural disasters
  • Using the imperfect continuous

The specifications for the French course can be found by clicking here.

The specifications for the German course can be found by clicking here.

The specifications for the Spanish course can be found by clicking here.

GCSE Mrs K Ridgwell – kridgwell@heathfieldcc.co.uk
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French and Spanish AS and Year 1 Edexcel A level Course comprising:

  • Changing Family Structures
  • Education
  • The World of Work
  • Music
  • Media
  • Festivals and Traditions

The specifications for the French course can be found by clicking here.

The specifications for the Spanish course can be found by clicking here.

GCE AS Level & Year 1 GCE A Level:  Level 3 Mrs K Ridgwell – kridgwell@heathfieldcc.co.uk
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Edexcel GCE French comprising:

  • Positive impact of immigration on society
  • Facing the challenges of Immigration and Integration
  • Rise of the far right
  • The Occupation
  • The Vichy regime
  • The Resistance

Edexcel GCE Spanish comprising:

  • Positive effects of immigration
  • Facing the challenges of Immigration and Integration
  • The public and social response to immigration
  • Civil War and the rise of Franco
  • The Franco dictatorship
  • The transition from dictatorship to democracy

The specifications for the French course can be found by clicking here.

The specifications for the Spanish course can be found by clicking here.

GCE A Level Year 2:  Level 3