Modern Foreign Languages

"Good language skills are a real asset in any job; in our twenty first century global marketplace, the ability to communicate in a foreign language and understand the culture behind that language is of vital importance."

 
The aims and purpose of the Modern Foreign Languages department are to:
 
  • Foster a love of languages in students
  • Provide enjoyment in language learning
  • Build upon skills in listening, speaking, reading and writing to enable students to communicate confidently and independently
  • Provide students with opportunities to see the value and importance of learning languages in a multicultural society and on the international stage
  • Provide students with a first-hand experience through direct contact with native speakers, including foreign language assistants, and through exchanges and trips abroad.
  • Broaden the student experience of the culture of the language which they have studied
 
At KS3
 
In Year 7 students are set according to their ability in English and study either French or Spanish.
 
In Year 8, students swap  to a different language, either French or Spanish, and at the end of Year 8 they may choose between the two languages, depending on what they would like to study at GCSE.  
 
KS3 Programme of Study
 
 
At KS4 
 
All students take a language at GCSE, either at Foundation or Higher Level.
 
The GCSE qualification comprises of 60% controlled assessment (Speaking and Writing) and a 40% final paper (Listening and Reading).
 
By the end of Year 10, students have completed 30% of their final exam through one speaking controlled assessment and one writing controlled assessment.
 
In Year 11, students complete the final part of their controlled assessment (Speaking and Writing) and undertake the Listening nad Reading exams in the summer.
 
The Modern Languages Department is fortunate enough to have language assistants who are native speakers and able to support students throughout the school.
 
 
Native Speakers
 
Every year, we enter a large number of native speakers for a GCSE in their home language.
 
Languages undertaken in the past have included: Russian, Polish, Italian, Irish, Persian, Arabic, Chines Mandarin, Chinese Cantonese, Portuguese, Spanish, Swahili, Turkish, German and Greek.
 
We are also a centre for students taking AS qualifications in Portuguese and Spanish at the Portuguese and Spanish schools operating on site.  These students usually achieve top grades.
 
 
Extra curricular activity
 
A diverse variety of clubs and activities are run by the MFL department, which in turn support our Language College status.  In addition, collaborative, cross curricular enrichment days are offered for Years 7, 8 and 9.
 
Year 7
Christmas around the world, Chinese Club, TAFAL (Teach a Friend A Language), visits to France, Spain & Germany and Spanish Exchange School (la Salle, Santander)
 
Year 8
Brazil Day (a cross-curricular event organised by MFL, Music, Art & PE), TAFAL (Teach a Friend A Language), Visits to France, Spain & Germany and Spanish Exchange School (la Salle, Santander)
 
Year 9
European Food Event (a collaboration between MFL & Food Technology) and Spanish Exchange School (la Salle, Santander)
 
All Year groups 
 
The MFL Department performs outreach work with primary schools within the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea and a variety of other feeder schools.  We also run European Languages Day and International Film Club.
 

                                             Qualification Information

 
Examination Offered Options
 
Exam Specification
 
Progression options Assessment
Spanish GCSE

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A level

 

Modular assessments (Linear fro 2014) and controlled assessments

 

French

 

NQV

 

 

GCSE

 

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A Level
Modular assessments (terminal from 2014) and controlled assessments
German GCSE

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A Level Modular assessments (linear for 2014) and controlled assessments

 

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