Bienvenue, Bienvenido, Welcome to the MFL Department at Poole High School.

We are a friendly and supportive team and aim to make the language learning experience a positive one for all students, whatever their ability and we work hard to pass on our love of languages and the benefits of learning about other cultures and communicating with speakers of other languages. We believe that learning a language is an important skill that should be accessible to all students and, in this ever-shrinking world, a skill that is becoming increasingly useful in the workplace. Being able to communicate in another language is an enriching experience that continues well beyond school.

Departmental Courses

  • GCSE French
  • GCSE Spanish
  • GCE French

Who do I contact for more information?

Mrs K Dolman (k.dolman@poolehigh.poole.sch.uk)

Students study either French or Spanish. The course aims to equip them with basic language skills and some cultural understanding of countries where French or Spanish are spoken. We currently use the course books Expo and ¡Mira!.

Topics covered in years 7-9 include: meeting people, family and friends, home and town, free time, food and drink, school, health.
Assessments in the four skills of listening, reading, speaking and writing are conducted at the end of each unit. Students also have opportunities to attain NC Levels or Tiers in their classwork and are encouraged to chart their own progress. The Modern Languages Department is well resourced, equipped with interactive whiteboards in each classroom.

MFL – GCSE French

Why study French?

More than 220 million people speak French and French is the sixth most widely spoken language in the world. French is also the only other language, alongside English, which is taught in every country of the world.

The UK trades with over 200 countries worldwide. UK businesses need people with language skills and knowledge of a language is a unique selling point and a qualification that employers respect. Studying a language can also help you get into Further Education; many courses at university now ask for a language qualification, regardless of the subject of the course. You will be able to communicate for travel or work and enjoy new cultures.

French is an academic subject, which will enable you to develop a number of transferrable skills; such as the ability to communicate, analyse, problem solve, work under pressure, take risks and be creative.

Topics include:

  • Identity and culture
  • Local, national, international and global areas of interest
  • Current and future study and employment

Assessment

  • End of year 11 exams in all four skills: Listening, Speaking, Reading, Writing
  • Paper 1: Listening 25%

Section A: Answer in English

Section B: Answer in French

  • Paper 2: Speaking 25%

Role play, photo card and general conversation

  • Paper 3: Reading 25%

Section A: Answer in English

Section B: Answer in French

Section C: Translation from French to English

  • Unit 4: Writing 25%

Two written tasks, plus a translation from English to French

Which students do well at French?

  • …those with an open mind, who wish to discover new cultures
  • …those who are sociable and relish a challenge
  • …those who would like to go on to further education, particularly university
  • …those who want to work in a multinational company or in leisure & tourism

 
MFL – GCSE Spanish
Why study Spanish?

Spanish is the third largest world language in terms of number of speakers and is spoken in 21 countries across the globe.  It is the native language of over 410million speakers around the world. Learning Spanish therefore allows you to communicate across the globe.

UK businesses need people with language skills and knowledge of a language is a unique selling point and a qualification that employers respect. Studying a language can also help you get into Further Education; many courses at university now ask for a language qualification, regardless of the subject of the course. You will be able to communicate for travel or work and enjoy new cultures.

Spanish is an academic subject, which will enable you to develop a number of transferrable skills; such as the ability to communicate, analyse, problem solve, work under pressure, take risks and be creative.
Topics include:            

    Identity and culture
    Local, national, international and global areas of interest
    Current and future study and employment

Assessment

    End of year 11 exams in all four skills: Listening, Speaking, Reading, Writing
    Paper 1: Listening 25%

Section A: Answer in English

Section B: Answer in Spanish

    Paper 2: Speaking 25%

Role play, photo card and general conversation.

    Paper 3: Reading 25%

Section A: Answer in English

Section B: Answer in Spanish

Section C: Translation from Spanish to English

    Unit 4: Writing 25%

Two written tasks, plus a translation from English to Spanish
Which students do well at Spanish?

    …those with an open mind, who wish to discover new cultures
    …those who are sociable and relish a challenge
    …those who would like to go on to further education, particularly university
    …those who want to work in a multinational company or in leisure & tourism

 

Students follow the AQA French and Spanish GCE to AS and A2 Level, according to demand.

Topics studied at AS-Level include:

  • Media
  • Popular Culture
  • Healthy Living
  • Family and Relationships.

For A2, topics include:

  • The Environment
  • Multicultural Society
  • Contemporary Social Issue
  • A cultural topic relating to film, literature, drama or history.

The GCE comprises 2 examinations in each year: Listening, Reading and Writing Paper (70%) and Speaking Test (30%). There is no coursework but a considerable amount of individual research is needed for the cultural topic.

Wherever possible we assist students in gaining GCSE qualifications in languages in which they are fluent, such as: Chinese, Russian, Polish, Arabic, and Italian.