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.


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%.

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:
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 French and Spanish

Miss J. Clovis                  Teacher of French and Spanish

French and Spanish Key Stage 4 Curriculum
French and Spanish Foundation Years Curriculum
AQA French Specifications
AQA Spanish Specifications