Modern Foreign Languages



Mr D. VoisinHead of MFL
Mrs Z. Sigger Teacher of MFL
Mrs L. WilkinsTeacher of MFL

Facilities and Resources

In an ever-changing world where employers and universities are placing a greater emphasis on the skill of speaking a foreign language, there has never been a better time to get prepared, learn a language and make your CV stand out.

At Worden, pupils have the opportunity to study French or Spanish, depending on their year of entry. Pupils have 3 lessons per week at Key Stage 3 and 4 lessons per week at Key Stage 4. Through learning languages, students develop critical thinking skills and an ability to approach tasks with a logical mind-set.

Pupils develop the four skills required to master a foreign language: listening, speaking, reading and writing, through differentiated learning and regular assessment across all four skills. Staff use their own knowledge and love of languages to enthuse and motivate pupils to appreciate the subject, with the aim of inspiring them to further their knowledge outside the classroom and continue their study of foreign languages to a higher level, providing them with more opportunities for the future.

Click here to view the KS3 Curriculum Map:

Key Stage 3 Curriculum Map

Year 7

In year 7, pupils study 5 modules. Modules have been created and written by MFL staff in order to meet the needs of the changing curriculum and create foundations on which pupils can build to prepare for GCSE.

Module 1: Chercher un corres

  • Introducing yourself
  • Counting up to 31
  • Saying how old you are
  • Saying when your birthday is
  • Learning about French-speaking countries
  • Learning the French alphabet
  • Pencil case items
  • Classroom items

Module 2: Ma famille et moi

  • Talking about family members 
  • Saying if you have any pets 
  • Colours 
  • Numbers up to 60

(Mini) Module 2.1: Avoir

  • An introduction to verb conjugation in the present tense. 
  • Use of AVOIR (to have) in context

Module 3: Les jeunes et leurs passions

  • The structure of a sentence.
  • Expressing likes and dislikes using nouns 
  • Talking about hobbies common to young people 
  • Negative sentences 
  • Forming questions

(Mini) Module 2.1: Être

  • Revision of the verb AVOIR
  • Use of Être (to be) in context

Module 4: Le collège

  • Talking about school subjects 
  • Expressing preferences 
  • Talking about teachers 
  • Giving opinions and reasons 
  • The time and the school timetable 
  • Rooms in school 
  • School uniform 
  • Routine and the school day 
  • An introduction to the present tense

(Mini) Module 5: Yamakasi (the study of a French film)

  • An introduction to French culture and society through film
  • Use of knowledge and understanding to discuss a film in basic terms in French

Year 8

In year 8, pupils cover a variety of topics and build on the grammar taught in year 7. Again, modules are written by MFL staff but can be supplemented with materials from text books and/ or authentic resources.

Module 1:  Mes futures vacances

  • Countries
  • Revision of the infinitive
  • Formation of the future tense
  • Holiday activities
  • Weather in the future tense
  • Transport
  • Building on the present tense

Module 2: Ma ville et ma région

  • Learning about Biarritz and the Basque Country
  • Describing your house
  • Describing the weather in your area
  • Saying what you can do in your area
  • Talking about the advantages and disadvantages of living in your area

Module 3: Les vêtements

  • Describing clothes
  • Adjectival agreements (with colours)
  • Expressing preferences
  • Transactional vocabulary based on shopping for clothes
  • Problems in shops (complaints/reimbursements/exchanges)
  • Dealing with unpredicted elements in dialogues and role play

Module 4: Mes vacances au passé

  • Revision of countries and family members
  • Identification of the past tense and grammatical patterns
  • Past tense of regular and common irregular verbs
  • Describing your last holiday

Year 9

In year 9, pupils start to cover some of the topics covered at GCSE. Our current year 9 pupils study French. For year groups studying Spanish, the modules below would be taught in Spanish.

Module 1: Me, my family and friends - relationships with family and friends

  • Revision of family members
  • Describing family members (personality and appearance) in detail
  • Talking about relationships with family members
  • Regular and irregular verbs in the present tense
  • Comparisons

Module 2: Home, town, neighbourhood and region

  • Revision of describing your house and area and adding detail
  • Saying what your town has and doesn’t have
  • Talking about the advantages and disadvantages of living in a town
  • Discussing the advantages and disadvantages of living in the countryside
  • Building on present tense with some irregular verbs
  • Past tense of regular verbs

Module 3: My studies

  • Revision of school subjects and talking about teachers and adding more detail
  • Using some verbs in the past tense
  • Comparing school subjects
  • Expressing more detailed opinions and preferences in relation to school

Module 4: Free time and activities

  • Discussing your free time, hobbies and leisure activities
  • Sports
  • Adverbs of frequency
  • Cinema and TV
  • Music
  • Food and eating out

Module 5: Traditions, customs and festivals

  • Learning about traditions and customs in Spain and Spanish speaking countries
  • Researching customs abroad
  • Comparing festivals and customs in Spain and Spanish speaking countries with those in the UK

Click here to view the KS4 Curriculum Map

Key Stage 4 Curriculum Map

At GCSE, year 10 and year 11 pupils follow the AQA specification over a 2 year course.

The course is split into the following:

Listening exam: end of year 1125%
Speaking exam: during year 1125%
Reading exam : end of year 1125%
Writing exam end of year 1125%

Year 10

In year 10, pupils will cover the following topics and work at a faster pace than KS3 in order to prepare them for their examinations:

  • Life at school/ college
  • Travel and Tourism
  • Education post-16
  • Social issues
  • Marriage and partnership
  • Technology in everyday life

Year 11

In year 11 pupils continue to build on the skills acquired in year 11 and, in addition to the topics outlined below, they work on past papers and revision in order to prepare them for their final exams.

  • Environment
  • Charity and voluntary work
  • Homelessness and poverty
  • Career choices and ambitions
  • End of course examination focus

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