Modern Foreign Languages
"If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart." Nelson Mandela
The MFL department is made up of a team of 5 teachers and a specialist ETA. All members of the department follow up-to-date and detailed schemes of work which include online resources. Most language lessons take place in one of five brand new classrooms situated on the first floor of the school.
A key feature of language learning is developing thinking skills and promoting students’ independence as language learners. This will be achieved through the use of authentic materials, translations and the inclusion of literary texts in the target language.
Key Stage 3
Students in Y7 study French and Spanish over 4 x 60 minute lessons a fortnight. In Year 7 they opt to carry on with one of these languages which they will continue with throughout Years 8 and 9.
Key Stage 4
The GCSE course starts in Year 9 and is spread over three years. We use the AQA Examination Board course for the new GCSE which covers a variety of themes. Students are taught in mixed ability groups and progress is tracked and monitored by the faculty to provide additional support and intervention. All assessments are taken at the end of Y11 and consist of Listening, Speaking, Writing and Reading examinations. All skills are equally weighted at 25% each.
The specifications for each course can be downloaded from the AQA website using the links below:-
Revision and Support
We currently run the following revision and support sessions:-
Tuesdays - French KS4 support 2.45pm - 3.45pm in 119
Thursdays - Spanish KS4 support 2.45pm - 3.45pm in 119
Our open door policy means students can arrange support at any time if needed. They just need to speak to their Languages teacher or our FETA Miss Faulkner.
Every student will have been given the opportunity to purchase a revision guide through school. However, they can also be bought online (for example from Amazon or eBay) or at a high street retailer (for example WHSmith) easily yourself.
Revision websites and apps
There is a wealth of revision material on the internet. Apps can be useful as students can revise anytime or anywhere they have their phone with them. We particularly recommend the following:
- GCSE pod - all students at Whitcliffe Mount have a subscription to this excellent online revision tool which goes through key facts and information by way of short tutorials and then tests the students afterwards.
- eCliffe - all students can log into the MFL section of the school website and access the AQA French and Spanish textbooks, revision materials and listening files.
- Duolingo - this is a very popular online way of learning languages which presents information through bite-sized lessons and then keeps re-testing the learner who can track their progress and move up through increasingly challenging levels of difficulty.
- Memrise - a user-generated learning platform which uses flashcards as memory aids.
- Quizlet - also uses flashcards and games as a fun way to practise key vocabulary and structures.
- Languages Online - has lots of ready-made interactive tasks and worksheets.
- Youtube videos - there are lots of revision songs on Youtube.
Click on the following links for one page revision sheets that can be self-marked:
French and Spanish "RockStars" Vocabulary Lists
Click on the links for "Rock Stars" lists of key vocabulary that appear in the Listening and Reading exams.
The department is running a trip to Santander in Spain this Easter for 45 staff and students. We will be visiting local attractions and landmarks including los Picos de Europa, las cuevas de Altamira and the Cabarceno Nature Park.
European Day of Languages
We celebrate European Day of Languages every September and for the last two years we have hosted our very own "European Bake-Off" competitions amongst staff and students which have been a fantastic success, helping to raise hundreds of pounds for Macmillan Cancer Support.
Bradford City Player Appearance
On Tuesday 13th March 2018 we welcomed French footballers Romain Vincelot and Tim Dieng from Bradford City, who were interviewed in French by our KS4 students and met fans afterwards for autographs and photos.
This year we hope to run another series of workshops for our Y9 students, exploring the links between languages and careers and raising awareness on the importance of studying a modern foreign language and the advantages it can have in the workplace.
KS3 and KS4
Students will need to create their own individual accounts for Memrise and Duolingo but will receive instructions on how to do this from their teachers, or can follow instructions online.