Modern Foreign Languages

French and Spanish

In Foundation Years, students have three hours of languages every fortnight and can learn either French or Spanish. Students in KS3 begin climbing the 9 level ladder identified by the National Curriculum in preparation for GCSE.

At KS4, students can opt in for the language they studied at foundation years and have five hours of languages every fortnight. Keen and committed linguists are given the opportunity to study both languages at the beginning of Y9.

The department is running a range of activities including immersion trips to Spain and France for our foundation years students so they can develop their listening, speaking and social skills as well their cultural awareness.

The department has recently renewed all its resources and is now using Active Teach online for both French and Spanish (i.e. interactive textbooks with authentic texts, audio recordings, videos, etc.) in order to provide students with the best quality material and maximise their progress and engagement during lessons.

Please feel free to contact any members of the MFL department, if you have any questions/queries about your child:

Miss S. Caltagirone – – Head of French and Spanish

Miss Z. Calvert – – Teacher of Spanish and French

Miss J. Clovis - 

Why study a modern foreign language (MFL) at GCSE?

At Deptford Green, if you have a special interest in languages and if you are confident that you can progress to a level that reflects your potential, then you should continue with studying the language you studied at KS3.

This is because languages have become increasingly valued by Post 16 providers and employers.

By taking a language at GCSE you will have amazing skills and a valuable talent that is applicable to almost everything you do. A GCSE in languages builds on and expands on what you have already learnt in years 7 and 8. Language classes are still fun and interactive and you get to find out more about other people, countries and cultures, so it really is an interesting and varied subject.

Still not convinced?

Here are our top 5 reasons why languages are important:

• Languages mean business - being able to speak a language will make you really stand out.

• They are good for you! Speaking more than one language increases your brain capacity and improves your memory.

• It is really impressive to be able to speak a foreign language. It is a real achievement that Sixth Forms/colleges/universities and employers will highly value!

• You can understand and talk to a lot more people when you go abroad as language learning will improve your communication and oratory skills.

• Using a language at work could raise your salary from 8 to 20%.

Foundation Years  French Curriculum

Year 7 Studio 1

Term - Autumn 1 Starter Module - Bonjour (Accés)
Term - Autumn 2 Module 1 Ma vie perso
Term - Spring 1 Module 2 - Mon collége
Term - Spring 2 Module 3 - Mes passetemps
Term - Summer 1 Module 4 - Ma zone
Term - Summer 2 Module 5 - 3,2,1...Partez!

Year 8 - Studio 2

Term - Autumn 1 Module 1 - T'es branché (e)
Term - Autumn 2 Module - Paris, je t'adore
Term - Spring 1 Module 3 - Mon identité
Term - Spring 2 Module 4 - Chez moi, chez toi
Term - Summer 1 Module 5 - Quel talent?!
Term - Summer 2 Revisions/Project work

Foundation Years - Spanish Curriculum

Year 7 - Mira 1

Term - Autumn 1 Módulo 1 - Vamos
Term - Autumn 2 Módulo 2 - En el instituto
Term - Spring 1 Módulo 3 - Mi familia
Term - Spring 2 Módulo 4 - En casa
Term - Summer 1 Módulo 5 - En mi tiempo libre
Term - Summer 2 Módulo 6 - ¿Cómo es tu ciudad?

Year 8 - Mira 2

Term - Autumn 1 Módulo 1 - Mi vida
Term - Autumn 2 Módulo 2 - ¡Diviértete!
Term - Spring 1 Módulo 3 - Mis vacaciones
Term - Spring 2 Módulo 4 - La comida
Term - Summer 1 Módulo 5 - De moda
Term - Summer 2 Módulo 6 - Le salud

Key stage 4 - French Curriculum

Y9 - Term 1 Module 1 - Qui suis-je?
Y9 - Term 2 Module 2 - Le temps de loisirs
Y9 - Term 3 Module 3 - Jour ordinaires, jour de fête
Y10 - Term 1 Module 4 - De la ville á la campagne
Y10 - Term 2 Module 5 - le grand large
Y10 - Term 3 Module 6 - Au collège

Year 11 - Studio AQA GCSE (9-1)

Y11 - Term 1 Module 7 - Bon travail
Y11 - Term 2 Module 8 - Un oeil sur le monde
Y11 - Term 3 Revision/exams

Key stage 4 - Spanish Curriculum

Y9 - Term 1 Módulo 1 - ¡Desconéctate!
Y9 - Term 2 Módulo 2 - Mi vida en el instituto
Y9 - Term 3 Módulo 3 - Mi gente
Y10 - Term 1 Módulo 4 - Intereses e influencias
Y10 - Term 2 Módulo 5 - Ciudades
Y10 - Term 3 Módulo 6 - De costumbre

Year 11 - ¡Viva! AQA GCSE

Y11 - Term 1 Módulo 7 - ¡A currar!
Y11 - Term 2 Módulo 8 - Hacia un mundo mejor
Y11 - Term 3 Revisions/exams


How will I be assessed?

The four skills (listening, reading, speaking and writing) will be assessed in four different final exams at the end of year 11. All four papers are weighted equally (25% each) towards the final overall grade and students will be entered either on the Foundation Tier or Higher Tier.

To best prepare our students to their final exams, they will be assessed

The foci will be on creative writing and spontaneous speaking as well as your ability to manipulate the language in a range of contexts. Consequently, you will read authentic texts (extracts from books, magazines, newspapers, blogs, etc.) and listen to more authentic audio recordings (movie extracts, songs, adverts, video clips, etc.)

•For more information on new exam specifications, please download AQA specification booklets for French and/or Spanish below:
AQA Spanish Specifications
AQA French Specifications