Modern Foreign Languages

Ethos

The Modern Foreign Languages department is a vibrant and dynamic team of teachers, who strive to make lessons imaginative and engaging for all pupils.

We strongly believe that learning a language is an exciting and enjoyable challenge and enables students to be exposed to diverse cultures & customs and to learn to appreciate differences. There may be many factors that motivate language learning, such as, job opportunities, travel & tourism or personal growth. Whatever the reason, studying a language offers a number of rewards; notably it helps students develop a better grasp of their mother tongue, as well as widening career opportunities. Students will also develop tolerance and understanding of various cultures and widen their understanding of world affairs.

Overview

At Avon Valley, all students study French from Year 7 through to Year 9. They can then opt to study French at GCSE. Selected students also have the opportunity to study a second language, Spanish or German, in Years 8 and 9 and opt to study these at GCSE. All students have 5 lessons of language learning a fortnight.

At both Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4, we use a variety of assessment methods and students are encouraged to assess their own work as well use peer assessment to continually improve. We use target setting so the students know what level they are working at and what they need to do to improve. The Modern Foreign Languages faculty also organises regular trips to France for both KS3 and KS4 students.

Key Stage 3

Students at KS3 study a variety of topics including: Holidays, Healthy lifestyle, Talking about where they live, family members and pets. There is also an expectation that students become confident in using grammar structures and a variety of tenses to broaden their understanding of how these should be used in order to communicate effectively.

Students will also develop their ICT skills, through timetabled French ICT lessons that aim to reinforce class based learning of key structures and vocabulary.

Key Stage 4

KS4 Exam board AQA, final examination

  • 25% listening: (Foundation or Higher tier), final exam in May/June of Year 11
  • 25% reading: (Foundation or Higher tier), final exam in May/June of Year 11
  • 25% writing: (Foundation or Higher tier), final exam in May/June of Year 11
  • 25% speaking: (Foundation or Higher tier) final exam in May/June of Year 11

Themes

Students will study the following themes:

  • Theme 1: Identity & culture – myself, family, technology, free-time activities
  • Theme 2: Local, national & international areas of interest – town, health, environment, travel & tourism.
  • Theme 3: Current & future study and employment – school & education, jobs, career choices and ambitions.

Trips

Every year, the MFL department runs a trip to Paris for KS3 students; which is invariably oversubscribed and popular. This is a 4 day trip that includes a tour of the main sites in Paris, a visit to a chocolate factory and the much anticipated Disneyland. Students also take part in team building activities and swimming back at the Chateau accommodation.

We also organise a bi-annual KS4 trip to Le Touquet in France, where students aim to practice their GCSE French through visits to typical French markets and sightseeing of the local area.

Optional Homework

Optional homework is made available to students in order for them to explore cultural aspects of the language they are studying. This enables students to acquire extra credit points and extend their cultural knowledge.

MFL Staff

Miss S Benvenuto

Faculty Leader and Teacher of French and Spanish
benvenuto.s@welearn365.com

Miss G Chagger

Assistant Faculty Leader and Teacher of French, German and Spanish
chagger.g@welearn365.com

Mr D Pearson

Teacher of French and Spanish
pearson.d1@welearn365.com

Miss C Labreize

Teacher of French
labreize.c@welearn365.com

Mrs G Adamou

Clerical Administrator
adamou.g1@welearn365.com