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Modern Foreign Languages

Key Stage 3 Summary

Across Key Stage 3 we build the core skills that students need to be successful in MFL.

The Department currently delivers a curriculum which equips our students with the linguistic structures necessary to develop their knowledge and prepare them GCSE French, Spanish or both at Key Stage 4 & A Level Spanish or French at Key Stage 5.

We also encourage students to undertake a GCSE and A Level in their home language.

In Year 9, students are encouraged to take GCSE French and Spanish at Key Stage 4. In Year 10, students follow the AQA GCSE course for both languages.

At The Bridge Academy, the students learn either Spanish or French for three years. As we are an eight form entry, half of the year group study Spanish (b side) and the other half study French (a side). In Year 8, students in Set 1 are given the opportunity to further study a second language, Spanish or French.

In order to ensure progression into Key Stage 4, in line with new GCSE specifications, students are taught sub-topics under the three general GCSE themes:

Year 7 Spanish

Theme 1: Identity and culture: Introductions, Family, House & Home, Free Time,
Theme 2: Local, national, international and global areas of interest: A Spanish City / Country in Latin America
Theme 3: Current and future study and employment: School, Subjects,

Year 7 French

Theme 1: Identity and culture: Introductions, Family, Free Time
Theme 2: Local, national, international and global areas of interest: My town, Where I live
Theme 3 Current and future study and employment: School and School Subjects

Year 8 Spanish

Theme 1: Identity and culture: opinions of others, nationalities, fashion
Theme 2: Local, national, international and global areas of interest: Holidays, Healthy eating
Theme 3: Current and future study and employment: A Spanish City / Latin American Country or City

Year 8 French

Theme 1: Identity and culture: Family, Free Time, Shopping and Clothes
Theme 2: Local, national, international and global areas of interest: In my town
Theme 3: Current and future study and employment: Future careers, Job descriptions

Year 9 Spanish

Theme 1: Identity and culture: HispanoAmérica, Healthy eating,
Theme 2: Local, national, international and global areas of interest: IT
Theme 3: Current and future study and employment: School & Future Plans

Year 9 French

Theme 1: Identity and culture: Weekend activities, Communication and Media preferences (TV, films, books and magazines), Healthy lifestyles
Theme 2: Local, national, international and global areas of interest: Sports – famous sporting events and achievements in the Francophone world
Theme 3: Current and future study and employment: The importance of studying languages, future careers and jobs

Key Stage 4 Summary

At GCSE we follow AQA examination board over the course of two years for both Spanish and French.

New specifications for GCSE means all MFL examinations are linear. Students will sit their GCSE examinations at the end of Year 11.

There are four papers: speaking, listening, reading and writing, each weighing 25%.

Over the course of the two years we cover the following themes, in more depth:

Theme 1: Identity and culture: Travel and Tourism, Family concerns, Socialising, IT in everyday life, Free time, Social Networks concerns
Theme 2: Local, national, international and global areas of interest: Home, town, neighbourhood/ region; The environment, Social issues, Global issues, Sporting events, Healthy lifestyle and living
Theme 3: Current and future study and employment:
School/College/University & Future Plans, Full & Part-time Jobs, career choices and ambitions, Gap year, Importance of languages for Future,

Key Stage 5 Summary

At A Level we also study AQA for both Spanish and French.

With new specifications AS – Year 1 consists of 3 exams: Speaking, Listing & Reading, Writing & translations papers.

The course is designed for students which have recently qualified in GCSE French/Spanish and have achieved a grade 5 (B) or above. It aims at developing students’ speaking fluency and conversation.

It is for those students who wish to gain:

  • A lasting appreciation of language and learning
  • An ability to comprehend French/Spanish in a wide range of contexts
  • An ability to communicate readily in French/Spanish for a variety of purposes
  • Useful knowledge of and insights into /Spanish/French-speaking cultures, both contemporary and historic
  • Valuable skills for foreign travel, further education and employment.

Undoubtedly the course can lead to a degree course in the language or a course that has a language option alongside it. Having a language at AS or A Level will certainly improve your employability, in particular with companies that have international branches.

Useful Links

This is a list of sites that are helpful for your revision.

You should find the topic that you are studying and use the information to revise. You can do this in many ways but you could try making flashcards, drawing mind-maps and completing online grammar and vocab tests.

Useful sites

Spanish & French Key Stage 3 & Key Stage 4:

www.linguascope.com

Username bridgeplus

Password puenteplus

Spanish & French Key Stage 4 & Key Stage 5:

http://web.aqa.org.uk - GCSE Spanish & French & AS & A2 Spanish/French (past papers and course information)

http://live.kerboodle.com – AS Spanish only (year 12 have log-ins already)

Spanish & French Key Stage 3, Key Stage 4 & Key Stage 5:

http://www.languagesonline.org  – vocabulary, grammar and topic revision

http://www.bbc.co.uk/languages/spanish/mividaloca/ 

http://cvc.cervantes.es/ensenanza/mimundo/default.htm 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/ 

Spanish:

Online Spanish Audio Dictionary(Key Stage 3 - Key Stage 5):

spanish.about.com/od/vocabulary/a/audiodictionary - look up individual words for pronunciation guidance and meaning.

MYLO www.hellomylo.com – Use the ‘I need the basics’ activities to revise key topic areas (and build your confidence!). The ‘I’d like a challenge’ activities are GCSE Level. The listening activities all have transcripts, but try doing them without reading these first.

BBC Bitesize - www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/spanish - GCSE-style Listening and Reading questions that you can mark online. Do the Foundation as well as the Higher activities. The Grammar section is useful for those annoying little words (try Pronouns and When, where and how much)

Spanish Revision www.spanishrevision.co.uk - The Intermediate section contains core GCSE vocabulary and some sample exercises from EdExcel.

Languages Online www.languagesonline.org.uk - A variety of exercises.

Spanish News:

www.euronews.net Select language ‘español’ and then choose from a wide variety of News videos.

www.20minutos.es

es.news.yahoo.com Follow the link to Video Noticias for three-minute news clips.

es.noticias.yahoo.com 

Spanish TV channel websites: www.antena3tv.com Choose from the menu for the topic area you are interested in and then browse for video clips: www.antena3videos.com 

For news, browse for videos at: www.informativos.telecinco.es or www.canalsur.es Click on the link to TV “en directo” (live) and you will be able to watch the channel on streaming video. www.informativos.telecinco.es/reproductor_video 

For celebrity gossip.... es.celebrities.yahoo.com Click on “Perfiles de Famosos”

Spanish Radio on-line: www.rtve.es/rne/envivo.htm Select a radio station from the list.

www.topradio.es Easy listening music radio station for Spanish and English / American pop music.

www.lyngsat.com/freeradio/Spain.htm Selection of the most important radio channels

Spanish Reading:

www.bbc.co.uk/languages/spanish/news The best place to start is the BBC’s languages web-pages. Choose the “reportajes” link to find articles from the former “Semanario Internet” with a variety of reading exercises.

www.elmundo.es Spanish daily newspaper. The website gives you access to all of the day’s news articles.

www.elpais.es Spanish daily newspaper. The website gives you access to the day’s news articles although you may require a subscription to view the majority of the articles in full.

es.news.yahoo.com

www.abc.es

On-line Spanish daily news: www.terra.es 

On-line Spanish daily news: www.donbalon.es/front

Spanish football website with related articles: www.hola.com 

Spanish celebrity gossip magazine. Subscription required to view some of the articles: www.terra.es  ( archive news)

www.marca.es  (sport) www.estrelladigital.es 

French:

Online Audio Dictionary: french.about.com/od/vocabulary/a/audiodictionary- look up individual words for pronunciation guidance and meaning.

MYLO www.hellomylo.com – Use the ‘I need the basics’ activities to revise key topic areas (and build your confidence!). The ‘I’d like a challenge’ activities are GCSE Level. The listening activities all have transcripts, but try doing them without reading these first.

Zut! www.zut.org.uk/intermediate/year10 - This site is available for free apart from weekdays from 10am – 4pm. Listening and Reading exercises divided into topic areas.

Memrise www.memrise.com  - Ask your teacher for your own individual code to access AQA Specification vocabulary to learn and test yourself

Language Gym www.language-gym.com - Verb conjugation practice and games to help with vocabulary learning.

Quizlet quizlet.com/subject/new-aqa-french - Online flashcard maker and a great way for you to test yourself at home

Really Useful French atschool.eduweb.co.uk/haberg/index - Site is broken down into individual topic areas (scroll down to access these).

BBC Bitesize - www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/french - GCSE-style Listening and Reading questions that you can mark online. Do both the Foundation and Higher activities. The Grammar section is useful for those non-topic specific words (try Pronouns and When, where and how much)

French Revision www.frenchrevision.co.uk - The Intermediate section contains core GCSE vocabulary and some sample exercises from EdExcel.

Languages Online www.languagesonline.org.uk - A variety of exercises. Try the ones under ‘Tricolore 4’ for a challenge!

TV5 Monde apprendre.tv5monde.com - Lots of resources (especially listening!) to learn French online with activities from the TV channel TV5 Monde

French media:

TV5 Monde www.tv5monde.com - News online covering the main stories in the Francophone world and also more global news.

TV5 Monde www.tv5monde.com - This is also a TV channel on Sky – have a look in the ‘International’ section. Make sure you check out the gameshow ‘Questions pour un champion’, lots of interesting vocabulary to learn and practise!

NRJ www.nrj.fr – Pop and chart music with some talking – possibly best to have on in the background

Le Mouv www.lemouv.fr  - French equivalent of Radio 1. Podcasts also available at www.lemouv.fr/podcasts

Radio France www.radiofrance.fr - a variety of stations a bit like the BBC. Try France Info for news (don’t expect to understand everything though!)
http://www.listenlive.eu/france.html - a list of all French radio stations streaming online.

Principal:
Mr Chris Brown

Vice Principals:
Kelly Harris (KS3)
Paddy Cassidy (KS4)
Alison Underwood (Sixth Form)
Jennifer Evans

Finance &
Resources Director:

Ken Robb