MODERN FOREIGN LANGUAGES

"One language sets you in a corridor for life. Two languages open every door along the way."

- Frank Smith

At Aylward Academy, the MFL Faculty aims that all pupils communicate for practical purposes, learn new ways of thinking and read great literature in the original language

MFL Department Objectives

Learning a Modern Foreign Language is a fantastic way of opening up your mind to the wider world and developing understanding, tolerance and curiosity of other cultures. Through the study of French, Japanese or Spanish, pupils develop their listening, reading, speaking and writing skills and achieving a good grade at GCSE can help pupils have access to courses at the best universities.

At Aylward Academy, pupils who study French, Spanish or Japanese also have opportunities to visit France, Spain and Japan. in order to have exposure to the cultures and practise the language. Pupils also get the chance to go to cinema to see films in foreign Language and to restaurants to try delicious dishes from France, Spain, and Japan! In MFL, pupils will have access to lessons using Interactive Whiteboards, some lessons take place in ICT rooms and there are regular opportunities for speaking practice in small groups with native speakers.

There are 6 teachers in the MFL Faculty all dedicated to helping pupils achieve the very best grade possible in the language they are studying.


The MFL Faculty at Aylward Academy aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • Understand and respond to spoken and written language from a variety of authentic sources
  • Speak with increasing confidence, fluency and spontaneity, finding ways of communicating what they want to say, including through discussion and asking questions, and continually improving the accuracy of their pronunciation and intonation
  • Can write at varying length, for different purposes and audiences, using the variety of grammatical structures that they have learnt
  • Discover and develop an appreciation of a range of writing in the language studied.


KEY STAGE 3

We believe passionately that learning another Language is an essential skill in our global world. We equip our students with a set of skills, which they can then use to apply to other Languages and subjects. We hope to open their minds to different cultures and ways of looking at the world.

Students at Aylward Academy study either French, Spanish or Japanese and at present learn this one Language for an minimum of three years. They can then go on to study it at GCSE level or indeed at A level. Then subject is regarded highly by both universities and the world of work.

Year 7 & 8 students follow a foundation course, with the emphasis on providing then structures to enable them to study it at a higher level. Grammar, vocabulary acquisition, translation and speaking skills are important aspects of the work taught.

Year 9 then build on this, as they begin the GCSE course as a foundation year that hopefully they will continue until Year 11. Equal emphasis is then placed on Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing skills.

Key Stage 4

At GCSE the MFL Faculty follows Edexcel/Pearson specifications:

Spanish

Students will study towards a GCSE in Spanish for 2.5 hours a week. This course is 100% exam and is perfect for students who like discussions, have an interest in other countries and are able to work hard independently. This course is for students who followed the Spanish course at KS3. In the future, ICT will continue to transform the way we work, and communication will be global. This will mean that people who are able to work in more than one language will have a clear advantage.

French

Students will study towards a GCSE in French for 2.5 hours a week. This course is 100% exam and is perfect for students who like discussions, have an interest in other countries and are able to work hard independently. This course is for students who followed the introductory French course at KS3. In the future, ICT will continue to transform the way we work, and communication will be global. This will mean that people who are able to work in more than one language will have a clear advantage.

Japanese

Students will study towards a GCSE in Japanese for 2.5 hours a week. This course is 100% exam and is perfect for students who like discussions, have an interest in other countries and are able to work hard independently. This course is for students who followed the introductory Japanese course at KS3. In the future, ICT will continue to transform the way we work, and communication will be global. This will mean that people who are able to work in more than one language will have a clear advantage.

Community Languages

If a student can speak, read and write in your home language, we will strongly encourage them to take up the opportunity to gain an extra GCSE. We support the following GCSE Community Lanugages;

Turkish

Polish

Arabic

Portuguese

Russian

German

Greek

Italian

Dutch IGCSE

Persian

Urdu

Welsh

Modern Hebrew

Japanese

French

Spanish

Panjabi

Gujarati

Bengali

Biblical Hebrew

Chinese (Mandarin/ Cantonese).

Key Stage 5

French & Spanish

“Learning another language is like becoming another person.” – Haruki Murakami

The course itself covers topics as wide ranging as social issues and trends as well as political and artistic culture, and an individual research project and develops your skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing.

Listening, speaking, reading & writing will be practiced over the two years. Assessment is through terminal examinations after two year’s study.

Independent Learning Tasks: Homework is an important part of the curriculum and the use of a projects and sketchbook encourages independence, imagination and good practice. Students should click the Show My Homework icon to login.