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MFL

French is the language currently taught at Ormiston Sandwell Community Academy, and it is a compulsory subject at KS3. It is then on the Aspire pathway, so students on this pathway continue studying French at GCSE level in Year 10 and Year 11. Student on other pathways can still choose it as an option if they wish to.

Studying a foreign language serves a cultural and linguistic purpose in that it exposes students to a new language as well as its culture, therefore promoting global citizenship.

At OSCA, ours aims are to fulfil the requirements of the National Curriculum for MFL whilst creating linguists who will have the opportunity to deepen their understanding of the wider world in their MFL lessons.  

The MFL department uses a wide range of resources to deliver the French curriculum, including new technology, textbooks, and websites to help ensure pupils develop the skills and knowledge they need to become independent language learners. We also use authentic resources to offer authenticity to the MFL learning experience. Study of foreign language films, music, YouTube videos and texts are all commonplace in the MFL classroom. 

The aims of teaching Modern Foreign Languages at OSCA, in line with the National Curriculum, are to:

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

The MFL department uses a wide range of resources to deliver the French curriculum, including new technology, textbooks, and websites to help ensure pupils develop the skills and knowledge they need to become independent language learners. We also use authentic resources to offer authenticity to the MFL learning experience. Study of foreign language films, music, YouTube videos and texts are all commonplace in the MFL classroom.

There are opportunities for students to engage in exciting real-life situations, and the department offers extra-curricular activities designed to extend students’ language skills and enrich their knowledge of French culture. As a department, we offer a broad range of opportunities beyond lessons. For example, participation in events such as the European Day of Languages and the Francophonie Day; or in becoming one of our French Ambassadors. Furthermore, all our students at KS3 benefit from the educational visit to France, which being cross-curricular in nature, offers an experience which is not only linguistic, but which supports and promotes many other areas of the curriculum.

Rewards

Students will be rewarded with stars, as part of our MFL reward system, and House Achievement points for excellent work, participation, and homework completion.

Homework

Overview

In French, we follow the school’s homework timetable (available on the school’s website). This means that you will be given homework on a weekly basis.
At KS3: Each week we expect tasks to take around 30 minutes to complete
At KS4: Each week and we expect tasks to last 45-60 minutes.
All homework will be logged on SIMS, for your parents/guardians to check if necessary.
Homework will consist in learning vocabulary off by heart. Students are also expected to complete listening, reading and grammar tasks on a website called Languagenut.

Vocabulary learning

You will be sent a vocabulary booklet at the beginning of the year via email. An electronic version is also available on the Student Resources – MFL – Vocabulary booklets.

You will be given a unit of words to learn per week, and to check this learning there will be a short vocabulary test done in lesson when the homework is due. The expectation is that you get at least half the marks. You can also learn those words using memrise.com. Your teacher will send you an invite at the beginning of the year via email.

Practice

You will be given your login details to Languagenut.com, and will regularly have tasks to complete on it.

Other homework tasks given to GCSE classes mainly will involve answer a list of questions to prepare students for their GCSE Paper 2 – Speaking. It is vital that students answer those to the best of their ability and on time in order for them to get valuable feedback from their teacher on how to improve to move up to the next grade.

Support

The MFL department will be running the following interventions to support your learning:

KS3: Tuesday lunch time
KS4: Monday lunch time
Y11: Support after school on Fridays week A and Thursdays week B, please check school’s timetable for further details.

Useful links to support progress in French

Free resources: 

memrise.com 
duolingo.com 
quizlet.com 
BBC Bitesize 
languagesonline.org.uk
Youtube Channel: Easy Languages 
bonjourdefrance.com 
  

To purchase for GCSE students: 

Revise Edexcel GCSE (9-1) French Revision Guide (£5.89) 
Revise Edexcel GCSE (9-1) French Revision Workbook (£5.99) 

If purchased at the school, it will only cost you £5 for both. Please ask a member of the MFL department for more information.  

 

GCSE

This qualification is designed to show how language is used in real life. Cultural and authentic content have been embedded, giving students a sense of purpose to language learning.

The GCSE in French consists of four externally examined papers based on the following skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing. Each paper is available at Foundation tier or Higher tier and is worth 25% of the final grade. Students must complete their speaking assessment in April/May and all other assessments in May of Year 11.

At OSCA, we follow the Pearson Edexcel Specification supported the Studio GCSE textbooks, and use a mix between Pearson Exam papers and Studio assessments to assess students’ progress.

The GCSE content is divided by Pearson into the following themes:

Theme 1: Identity and culture
Relationships with family and friends, socialising, personal interests, food and drink; shopping, social media and technology; celebrations and festivals; reading; music; sport; film and television

Theme 2: Local area, holiday and travel
Holidays; travel and accommodation; directions; eating out; shopping; weather; places to see; things to do

Theme 3: School
School day; subjects; rules and pressures; celebrating success, school trips, events and exchanges

Theme 4: Future aspirations, study and work
Forming relationships; travel; employment; further study; volunteering; training; jobs, careers and professions

Theme 5: International and global dimension
Sports events; music events; campaigns and good causes; environmental issues.

You can find more detailed information about the course, on the following link:

Edexcel GCSE French specification 

Students studying French will be given the opportunity to travel to France and be immersed in the culture and language of France whilst also having the opportunity to visit historical landmarks.