Modern Foreign Languages

Subject Leader: Mrs A Threadgold-Brind

Aims of the department

  • Derive enjoyment and benefit from language learning.
  • Recognise that their knowledge, skills and understanding help them take their place in a multilingual global society.
  • Develop understanding of the language in a variety of contexts.
  • Develop knowledge of the language and its structures.
  • Develop knowledge of language learning skills and strategies.
  • Develop the ability to communicate effectively in the language, orally and in writing.
  • Develop awareness and understanding of countries and communities where the language is spoken.

Key Stage 3 (Years 7, 8 and 9)

What will students study?

A modern foreign language is taught to all students throughout their time at Madeley School. We aim to provide a firm, sympathetic and supportive environment for learning so that each pupil develops to the best of his/her ability in all skill areas (listening, speaking, reading and writing).

German and Spanish is taught to students in the top band in Year 7 and 8. In Year 7 we aim to cover basic language to enable the students to cope in the following situations on a supervised visit to Spain or Germany.

  • Greeting people; giving and finding out details of personal identification e.g. names, ages, home, family and pets.
  • Talking about likes and dislikes, weather, leisure activities, hobbies, dates, time, giving and receiving presents, festivals and celebrations.
  • Finding one’s way about town and giving directions.
  • Talking about daily routine.
  • Talking about school and school subjects.
  • Dealing with food, drink and meals.
  • Talking about leisure activities.

In Year 8 we aim to cover vocabulary and structures to equip the students for a holiday visit to Spain or Germany with their family, or, at the highest level in this year, for an exchange visit.

Situations covered include:

  • Talking about people’s jobs
  • Free time activities
  • Television
  • Festivals and celebrations
  • Shopping
  • Food and drink, including specialities
  • Holidays
  • Pocket money
  • Future plans

We include an array of cultural information and events throughout the Key Stage 3 course.  Extra curricular trips and events are also important to enhance classroom learning and the MFL department arranges trips abroad on a regular basis.

How will students be assessed?

Assessment of students work is of the following types:

  1. Ongoing through observation, interaction between teacher and student
  2. Student self-review and peer review
  3. Assessment of homework/class work
  4. End of unit assessment

Key Stage 4 (Years 10 and 11)

French and German

Teacher in Charge: Mrs A Threadgold-Brind 

What course do students follow?


Specification code: 8658


Specification code: 8668

Why should students take a language?

  • GCSE Languages can help some of you gain the English Baccalaureate and support progression into most higher education courses.
  • Language learning can support career opportunities in an ever-increasing global job market, especially those that have an international dimension.
  • A GCSE language course is ideal for students who have enjoyed their KS3 language classes.
  • A GCSE language course will also benefit students who wish to improve their communication skills; become more independent and confident; and appreciate and understand important foreign cultures.

What and how will students study?

  • The GCSE course focuses on practical communication in Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing and builds on topics covered at Key Stage 3.
  • In Listening and Reading, students will learn to understand and respond to information from announcements, conversations, adverts, letters, news items, instructions, notices, brochures, magazines, emails and websites.
  • In Speaking, students will develop the skills of sustaining a conversation in answer to questions in which they must express opinions and reasons and describe situations.
  • In Writing, students will develop the ability to use their chosen language creatively to produce a variety of types of writing, matching language to purpose, audience and context.
  • There is also a strong emphasis on gaining an understanding of the wider world, including the lifestyles and cultures of other people in a variety of the countries where the language is spoken.
  • To make sure you get a good result, you will need to complete homework on a regular basis. You will always need to learn new vocabulary and structures as part of your homework. In addition, you will be set Reading, Writing and Speaking assignments or be asked to practise what you have learnt on various websites that we use.

Details of Examination and Assessment

Students must be entered for all of the four skills at either Foundation or Higher level. Each exam is worth 25%.

Where can I find more information?

More information about the course can be found using the links below.

Assessment resources

Assessment resources can be found using the links below.

Careers information

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