Through studying a Modern Foreign Language, students will develop their ability and ambition to communicate with native speakers in speech and writing. They will also broaden their horizons, stepping beyond familiar cultural boundaries and will develop new ways of seeing the world.
KEY STAGE 3
Year 9 start their Languages journey at Trinity with a short grammar course covering all three languages. We believe a good grammar foundation will enable students to be successful in the study of any Modern Foreign Language. Students will continue the term studying French, using three tenses and learning exam skills which are transferable to any of the Foreign Languages offered at Trinity.
Spring and Summer Term
Students will continue their study of Languages with Spanish or German, learning how to express their likes and dislikes and learning to express themselves in 3 tenses.
Throughout Year 9 students will examine the culture of French, Spanish and German-speaking countries, discovering more about the traditions and festivals in these countries.
KEY STAGE 4
The course is assessed through four papers, each worth 25% of the overall GCSE grade. All assessment is at the end of Year 11.
- Reading: answer questions in both English and the target language
- Listening: answer questions in both English and the target language
- Speaking: a role play, a photo card and general conversation on the topics studied
- Writing: translation from English into target language and two structured writing tasks (90 words and 150 words)
The exams are divided into two tiers: Foundation and Higher
The course is made up of three themes:
Identity and Culture – Topics such as “Me, my family and friends”, “Technology in everyday life” and “Free-time activities”.
Local, National, International and Global Areas of Interest – Topics such as “Home, town, neighbourhood and region”, “Social issues”, “Global issues” and “Travel and tourism”.
Current and future study and employment – Topics such as “My Studies”, “Life at school”, “Education Post-16” and “Jobs, career choices and ambitions”.
Useful Subject and Revision Websites
German GCSE – there hasn’t been a GCSE class since 2016 but current Year 11 class are predicted 75% grade 4 or above.
KEY STAGE 5
AQA A-Level exam to be sat at the end of Year 13
Paper 1: 2h 30mins – Listening, Reading, Translation
Paper 2: 2h – Writing (two 300-word essays)
Paper 3: 21-23mins – Speaking (with 5mins prep)
At Key Stage 5 students, the core content includes:
1. Social Issues and Trends
2. Political and Artistic Culture
Throughout the two-year course, students will also study a film and a book in their chosen language. They will write an essay on each in their Writing exam.
The Speaking exam includes the presentation of the student’s Individual Research Project. During Year 13 students chose their own project related to a target language speaking country. The topic chosen can be anything from a favourite artist, region, film, book to a political issue or a historical figure.
Useful Subject & Revision Websites
German A-Level – In 2017, 2 students sat German AS Level and 1 student German A-Level achieving grade A.
Contribution to SMSC
Spiritual, moral, social and cultural education is a natural focus of MFL due to the nature of the subject. We teach about people, their relationships and their interactions with others. Through our use of current authentic materials students are often exposed to cultural differences between the UK and the countries of the language that we are studying.
Pupils in all years study the religious festivals celebrated in other countries. We look at the meaning and significance of these and compare with our own celebrations. This is done in the target language.
It is important to understand the different societies in the countries which speak the languages we study as well as the words. We look at stereotypes. All year groups look at the topic of the environment. We consider an individual’s responsibility in environmental issues and solutions to problems. In Key Stage 5 we discuss immigration, poverty, racism and criminality.
We teach students to understand society and the roles and responsibilities of an individual. We achieve this by exploring prejudice, healthy lifestyles, the pros and cons of marriage, homelessness and unemployment.
We aim to make all of our students understand the meaning, nature and value of our multicultural society. Through our extra-curricular events we aim to promote this further. Examples include:
- Visits to France, Germany and Spain
- Pen pal exchanges with our partner school in Epernay
- Participation in European Day of Languages
- Visits to local universities to participate in Language events
International club runs on a Thursday lunchtime in the Library. Here like minded students discuss and share their knowledge of other cultures, play games and organise whole school events. We hope to develop links with schools in other countries during the academic year 2018-19.
Contribution to Wider Curriculum
Developing excellent translation skills in a MFL helps promote literacy standards in English.
World Cinema Club meets monthly