Welcome to the Languages Department


The Modern Foreign Languages (MFL) Department is committed to ensuring all pupils in school have the opportunity to learn the language and culture of at least one European country.  

A Modern Foreign Language offers opportunities for pupils to: 

  • become increasingly familiar with the sounds, written form and grammar of a language other than English 
  • use their knowledge with growing confidence and competence to understand what they hear and read, and to express themselves in speech and writing 
  • develop language skills and language-learning skills, including applying their knowledge of grammar and structures, so that they become increasingly independent learners and users of the foreign language 
  • use the foreign language as the principal means of communication within the classroom and beyond it where opportunities exist 
  • increase their cultural awareness by learning about countries and their residents, and by working with materials from those countries. 
  • gain sufficient expertise to succeed at GCSE according to their individual ability 

Madame Maud Muzeau 
Head of MFL

Meet the Team


Mrs Maud Muzeau-Clarke

Head of Modern Foreign Languages
mm@snhs.kirklees.sch.uk


Mrs Claire Barker

Teacher
clb@snhs.kirklees.sch.uk


Ms Stephany Batley

Teacher
seb@snhs.kirklees.sch.uk


Mrs Diane Freeman

Teacher
df@snhs.kirklees.sch.uk


 

Department Subjects


Overview

French is taught from Year 7 to Year 11. The course is engaging including a lot of cultural references. The 4 skills are studied throughout the course in order to give pupils autonomy in the language.

Course Information

A modern foreign language offers opportunities for pupils to:

  • Become increasingly familiar with the sounds, written form and grammar of a language other than English
  • Use their knowledge with growing confidence and competence to understand what they hear and read, and to express themselves in speech and writing
  • Develop language skills and language-learning skills, including applying their knowledge of grammar and structures, so that they become increasingly independent learners and users of the foreign language
  • Use the foreign language as the principal means of communication within the classroom and beyond it where opportunities exist
  • Increase their cultural awareness by learning about countries where the language is spoken and their peoples, and by working with materials from those countries Gain sufficient expertise to succeed at GCSE according to their individual ability
KS3

WHAT TOPICS ARE COVERED IN KS3?

In Year 7 and Year 8, pupils study topics from the STUDIO 1 and 2 textbooks for the French classes and the VIVA 1 and 2 textbooks for the Spanish classes.

The topics are:

  • Identity and culture
  • School
  • Pastimes
  • Local Area
  • Holidays

HOW IS THE SUBJECT ASSESSED?

The MFL Department follows the school assessment calendar.
Each assessment focuses on a specific language skill .
There is also regular homework issued to pupils.

KS4

WHAT WILL YOU STUDY AT GCSE?

Over the course of the three years, you will cover the following themes and topics:

  • Identity and Culture Local area, holiday and travel
  • School Future aspirations, study and work
  • International and global dimension

HOW IS THE SUBJECT ASSESSED?

Our exam board is EDEXCEL.
You will have four exams overall taken at the end of year 11. Three exams will be written and covering listening, reading and writing. Your speaking exam will be taken a bit earlier and be conducted by your teacher. Each exam is worth 25%.

Pupils will study the 4 skills:

Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing

AT GCSE: Pupils will sit exams in the 4 skills: Listening (25%), Speaking (25%), Reading (25%)& Writing (25%).
All exams will be taken in May/June as a final exam

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