During Year 7, most pupils are given a taster; learning one language per half term from French, German and Spanish before choosing which language they would prefer to continue studying, in the future. Students first cover the basics of learning any language including phonics and spelling, classroom language and dictionary skills before moving on to the main topics. Our aim is to give them a firm foundation in the basics of each language, so that they can make an informed choice at the end of the year. At this point, students will be able to talk about themselves, their families, hobbies, food and school - including their likes and dislikes about all of these topics with some justifications too.
During Year 7 in MFL, students will cover the following topics:
How to learn a language
This module introduces students to the foundation blocks for successful language learning including pronunciation, dictionary skills, simple grammatical terms. Students will then learn how to introduce and describe themselves and some of the basics including, the alphabet, numbers, age, dates, birthdays.
Building on the introduction students will learn to describe themselves and others; including countries, nationalities, languages, pets, family members, physical/ personal characteristics. The term ends with students learning about Christmas traditions and customs in target language (TL) countries.
Food and family life
In this module students will explore food and family life, both at home and in the TL country. This will include: saying what you eat at different meal times, expressing likes / dislikes, discussing different cuisines and what you do for special occasions. Students will have the opportunity to try different foods, giving their opinions and justifications in the target language.
School and daily routine
During this module students will consolidate their skills in giving opinions whilst learning school subjects, telling the time, and comparison of schools in TL countries. By the end of the unit students will be able to talk about their daily routine activities, including their typical school day.
Building on the previous unit, students will learn to talk about what they do in their free time, including school and weekend activities. This module will also involve learning how to talk about the weather, which students will be able to combine with previous learning to talk about which activities they do in different types of weather and give a weather report.
Where I live
In this module students will learn to talk about where they live and give brief details about its location. By the end of the module students will also be able to describe their home, rooms of the house and their bedroom. They will further reinforce their skills in giving opinions by discussing what they like and dislike about their homes.
In Year 8, students recap and consolidate their previous learning; the majority having opted to continue with their chosen language at the end of Year 7. Students begin by describing local area, where they are introduced to the future tense to describe an ideal town. This is followed by discussing fashion and lifestyle, focussing on giving and understanding complex opinions, further developing the skills learnt in Year 7. In Term Two students discuss holiday preferences, using and building on their understanding of both present and future tenses. Students then go on to study a module on leisure activities. In the final term students learn about daily life in TL countries, to broaden their intercultural understanding. They will end with a module on food specialities and healthy eating, to develop their transactional language and experiment with spoken role play scenarios.
During Year 8 in MFL, students will cover the following topics:
In this module students will learn to describe their town, saying what you can do in different places, giving and understanding directions, arranging to go out and where to meet. They will combine this and previous learning to create a GCSE-style extended piece of writing on their ideal town.
This module enables students to talk about clothes and what styles they like / dislike; recapping the weather to discuss suitable clothing; and what you wear for different occasions. This unit also involves discussing hobbies; how often they do an activity; and talking about their weekend activities.
Students will learn to talk about preferred holidays, transport and accommodation. By the end of the module they will be able to describe their dream holidays, including activities that they would like to do in the future. This will involve students using time expressions with future / conditional tenses, further developing their grammatical understanding.
Students will build on their knowledge of hobbies and free-time activities by learning to talk about what sports they like and do, winter and summer sports, and describing active holidays. This module also includes naming parts of the body, talking about sports injuries.
Target Language countries
This module helps students broaden their horizons by identifying and locating target language countries, and other places around the world where the TL is spoken. They will learn to discuss their daily routines in comparison to that of children abroad. They will also imagine where would like to live in the future, and further enhance their grammatical knowledge by discussing what they have done in the past tense.
Food and healthy eating
In this module students will build on what they learned about food and giving opinions in Year 7. They will discuss healthy eating / lifestyles, talking about how diet affects health, and their resolutions to be healthier, using and consolidating the future / conditional tenses. This module encourages the students to think about their own diet and nutrition, whilst comparing it to that of children in TL countries.
Entertainment and technology
Students will talk about types of TV programme, film, music they enjoy and express detailed opinions. They also get the chance to research music and media from the TL country, giving them further insight into the culture. They will also describe different types of technology, discussing both the advantages and disadvantages.
In Year 9 students consolidate their grammatical knowledge of the present and future tenses through the topics of family and friends, and my future. They will develop further their understanding of past tenses through by talking about past interests and previous holidays. Some of the topics covered in Year 9 involve some GCSE-style content and tasks, in order to prepare those students continue with MFL at Key Stage 4 (family and friends, teenage issues, the environment and technology all feature in the GCSE specification). Previous skills of giving opinions with justifications, comparisons, along with talking and writing in 3 time frames are reinforced and students also gain further insight into the culture and customs of the target language country.
During Year 9 in MFL, students will cover the following topics:
My family and friends
Students begin by recapping personal descriptions and learn how to describe other people’s appearance and personality. This then links to talking about family relationships, how they get on with others and what difficulties they might encounter with family members.
Well being and teenage issues
Developing the previous module, this topic covers relationships with parents; pocket money and household chores; pressures faced by teenagers; life in the past; and describing the lives of others. Students will also develop their ideas about healthy lifestyles in more depth and discuss what they hope for their future lives.
This module coincides with the Year 9 options process and shows students the various pathways that continuing with a foreign language can provide them. They will learn to talk about jobs and qualities needed for certain professions; discuss ideal jobs and ambitions; any part-time jobs they might have, and talk about success and failure.
Entertainment and technology
Students will talk about types of TV programme, film, music they enjoy and express detailed opinions. They also get the chance to research music and media from the TL country, giving them further insight into the culture. They will also describe old and new technology, talking about their favourite gadgets, discussing the pros / cons and risks of new technologies.
In this module students consolidate their previous knowledge of this topic and develop it further by talking about different types of home; describing rooms in a house; describing a bedroom, the items in it and their location. They will complete a GCSE-style extended piece of writing describing in detail their ideal home, including 3 time frames and a variety of opinions and justifications.
Holidays & Festivals
This module builds on previous learning of holidays and adds to it by comparing means of transport, booking tickets, talking about travel plans and problems that may occur when on holiday. Much of the language and content in this topic is transactional and will provide students with the skills they need to plan a trip abroad and deal with a variety of situations in the target language.
This unit allows students to use their language skills in a project all about zoos! Students will learn about wild animals; be able to describe different animals (how they look and characteristics); different habitats, the advantages and disadvantages of zoos.
Here students will be asked to build on previous learning in describing where they live and giving opinions on it. This will then be linked to talking about different ways to travel around the region and the impact on the area. Students will also discuss ways to be environmentally friendly, local and global environmental problems and possible solutions using 2/3 time frames.