Modern Foreign Languages

Welcome to the MFL Department.

The MFL Department

  • Mrs K Dolman
  • Mrs C Syms
  • Mrs S Bannister
  • Miss R Amos
  • Mrs J Lewis
  • Miss M Fougnie
  • Mrs H Williams

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.

Key Stage 3

The MFL department works closely in order to ensure the consistent delivery of a comprehensive, challenging, motivating and cumulative curriculum. Lead planners within the department continually update lessons, ensuring high quality teaching resources for all classes, as well as the application of the latest pedagogical methods.

Each Key Stage works towards a clear set of success criteria, which build year on year. These are designed to build confidence, enjoyment and facilitate excellent progress in the second language.

MFL classrooms create a learning environment, which further reinforces the success criteria and provides students with examples of excellent application of the success criteria. MFL classrooms are fully equipped with resources which enable students to actively practise their skills and build their knowledge.

Students are provided with comprehensive knowledge organisers. The knowledge organisers are integrated into lessons as well as homework. Students are given a wide range of opportunities to actively practise/work towards their success criteria, whilst widening vocabulary and grammatical knowledge. Students are given regular opportunities to apply what they know and what they remember, in order to give them a clear idea of their next steps and enable them to become independent linguists.

We follow the courses Allez in French and Viva in Spanish.

MFL teachers inspire students to appreciate other languages and cultures thanks to their effective use of the target language in lessons as well as appropriate references to use of the target language in the wider world.

In addition to the curriculum, the MFL department offer a range of extra-curricular activities in order to enrich students’ experience; including Globetrotters (a free club which celebrates a range of cultures, languages and customs), an affordable day trip to France and a long week-end trip to France.

Key Stage 4

GCSE French

Why study GCSE 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 GCSE 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.

Who do I contact for more information?

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

GCSE Spanish

Why study GCSE 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 GCSE 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.

Who do I contact for more information?

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

AQA
Key Stage 5

Students follow the AQA French and Spanish GCE A 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.

Other Languages

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