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KS3 Modern Foreign Languages

At KS3, all students study a modern foreign language, gaining the skills and knowledge that will allow them to continue to GCSE. Students at The MFG learn either French or Spanish.

Learning languages gives students opportunities to develop their listening, speaking, reading and writing skills and to express themselves with increasing confidence, independence and creativity. They enjoy gaining an insight into other countries, cultures and communities, which in turn gives them a different perspective and deeper insight into their own language, culture and society.

The study of modern foreign languages at KS3 helps students start to develop a range of transferable skills for further study and the world of work, including: problem-solving, active listening, verbal and non-verbal communication, relationship-building skills and collaborative problem-solving.

The MFG is lucky enough to benefit from French and Spanish language assistants, providing opportunities for students to practise speaking and listening with native speakers.

Teachers also organise an annual trip, offered to Year 9, which gives students the opportunity to visit another country and try out their language skills in real-life situations.

KS4 Modern Foreign Languages

At KS4, a majority of students with the potential to achieve success are guided to study a modern foreign language to GCSE level. Students follow the Edexcel GCSE course for the language they have studied at KS3: French or Spanish.

A GCSE in a modern foreign language forms part of the English Baccalaureate qualification and is often important for university entrance in any discipline. More generally, language study helps students to develop a range of transferable skills to enable them to respond with confidence to the demands of undergraduate study and the world of work. These skills include problem-solving, active listening, verbal and non-verbal communication, relationship-building skills and collaborative problem-solving.

The MFG is lucky enough to benefit from French and Spanish language assistants, providing plenty of opportunity for students to practise speaking and listening with native speakers. Home learning is enhanced by access to online resources that allow students to practise key skills or topics and track their progress.

The GCSE tests four broad language skills: speaking, listening, reading and writing.

Assessment:

Linear assessments in Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing (25% each)