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Newman Catholic College

NewmanCatholic College

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Modern Foreign Languages (MFL)

The Modern Foreign Languages Department (MFL) is vibrant and

flourishing  area  of  the  school with students speaking over fifty

different languages and broadening linguistic horizons academically. We have now started to offer both French and Spanish to GCSE level and benefit from all the members of the department being native speakers from Guadeloupe, Mauritius and Spain. Thus, producing authentic activities about culture and traditions and increasing students’ confidence in speaking and understanding the language. This year, we are delighted to welcome a new member of the department.  Miss Perez is an enthusiastic linguist who brings a wealth of authentic resources and great ideas to the classroom.

¡ Hola!

I am Miss Perez and am the new Spanish teacher at NCC. I come from Madrid, 1st biggest city in Spain. Madrid is in the centre of Spain and is well known by being the Capital of Spain and its famous and delicious dish called “ Cocido”

As a language teacher, I believe that bringing a balance between grammar and communication through games and projects will be key to providing excellency in the learning of a second language.

Extracurricular and Enrichment activities

The department has now started running a French board games club every lunch time. Students are welcome to join us and extend their vocabulary and experiment with languages.

  •  Year 9 will be access extracurricular lessons in our Language Club. The aim is to maximise their exposure to genuine literary and audio material and promote their independence.

  •  We have a Paris trip in summer 2016, exploring famous landmarks.

    We are soon to have a “MUR PARLANT”... A talking wall

In December 2015, Onatti Productions, for the first time, delivered a play in French for our Key stage 3 and 4 language students. The play was performed by native French speakers and targeted audiences of 13-15.

Departmental Information Proforma for the new School Website

Department Name: MFL

Key stage 3 overview: 

During years 7, 8 and 9 students work towards broadening their language skills and vocabulary in a range of different topics including self and family, social media, animals and drink, hobbies and education. We also strive to introduce students to the life and culture of the countries where the language they are studying is spoken and hence include a number of special projects such as plays, trips and competitions. Aspects of Catholicity including the school prayer in the target language are performed by the students in each lesson.

Year 7

Unit 1 Bonjour!- Meeting and greeting people, Spelling in French
Unit 2 Quel âge as-tu?- Counting to 21, Saying how old you are
Unit 3 Joyeux anniversaire!- Days and months, Saying when your birthday is
Unit 4 Dans mon sac- Contents of your school bag, The indefinite article Plurals
Unit 5 Ma salle de classe- Describing your classroom, The definite article
Unit 6 J’adore le judo- Likes and dislikes, Talking about hobbies
Unit 7 Les goûts et les couleurs - Colours, Adjectives
Unit 8 Tu as un animal? -Talking about animals, Using a dictionary
Unit 9 Ma grand-mère est une hippie!- Talking about your family, Using mon, ma, mes Unit 10 J’habite dans un château!- Saying where you live, Using petit and grand
Unit 11 À table!- Saying what you eat and drink, Ordering in a café
Unit 12 Mon pays- Nationalities and countries, Using être
Unit 13 La météo- Talking about the weather, Rhyming and syllables
Grammar -Gender, singular/plural, articles, adjectives, mon/ma/mes, present tense verbs

(singular forms)

Language Learning Skills-learning vocabulary, listening strategies, reading strategies, study skills

Year 8

Unit 1 La télé- Talking about television programmes, Using subject pronouns: je, tu, il, elle Unit 2 J’ai une passion pour le cinéma- Talking about films Using j’aime, j’adore and je

Unit 3 La lecture-Talking about reading, Using un, une and le, la, les

Unit 4 Que fais-tu quand tu es connecté(e)?-Talking about the internet, Using the verb


Unit 5 Quand il fait beau, on va au parc-Talking about what you do in different weather, Using on

Grammar- grammatical terms, the present tense: – regular –er verbs – irregular verbs: avoir and être – irregular verbs: aller and faire, negatives

Year 9

Unit 1 Je suis comme ça!- Describing yourself, Using the verbs avoir and être

Unit 2 Planète Facebook- Talking about Facebook, Using present tense verbs

Unit 3 Tu veux y aller?- Inviting someone out Using the verb aller

Unit 4 Qu’est-ce que tu as fait samedi?- Describing a date, Using the perfect tense

Unit 5 Fou de musique!- Describing a music event, Using on in the perfect tense

Grammar: Developing vocabulary GV4 Accuracy (grammar; spelling; punctuation) LC4 Expressing ideas (writing) LC8 Writing creatively

Language Learning Skills: developing reading skills, developing writing skills

Key stage 4 overview : 

Edexcel GCSEs

Students work to develop their competence in the 4 key language areas of reading, writing, speaking and listening with an equal amount of time devoted to each of these skills in lessons. The department has also launched a greater focus on mastery of grammar which has been very successful in ensuring that pupils are able to work more independently. Students are expected to complete one main homework per week as well as revising for a weekly vocabulary assessment based on the topics studied over the course of the year. We use an array of online and interactive resources. Second language competence is strength in the department and is celebrated. Students are invited to take part in plays and discussions in the target language. Extra modules are offered for G& T students, including the study of Culture and media in the Target language.

We start to prepare our students for GCSE from year 9 onwards through Dynamique and Dinamico, with first year focusing mainly on developing the necessary skills to succeed at GCSE and introducing some new topics that will be revisited later in the course. Students prepare for the Edexcel GCSE in French or Spanish.

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