Modern Foreign Languages

Welcome to the MFL Department.

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.

The MFL Department

  • Mrs Dolman
  • Mrs Bannister
  • Miss Amos
  • Ms Cubaynes
  • Mrs Johnson
  • Mrs Jarvis
  • Ms Beard
GCSE Foundation

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 and our own set of laptops.

Key Stage 4

GCSE French (AQA)

Why study GCSE French?
The UK trades with over 200 countries worldwide. UK businesses need people with language skills. Some knowledge of a language gives you a competitive edge over an opponent. It is a unique selling point, an unusual qualification that employers respect. It shows you have good communication skills and welcome a challenge.

Studying a language can also help you get into Further Education. Many courses at university now ask for a language qualification, even if they have nothing to do with languages – you’d be surprised! It gets you places. You will be able to communicate for travel or work and enjoy new cultures. Some degrees pay for you to spend a year abroad!

Studying a language can also teach you more about your own language and help you study. The language centre in your brain makes many connections and comparisons. It uses strategies to learn. You will develop communication skills, team working skills, interpersonal skills, problem solving and organisational skills as well as good learning strategies which are transferrable. So learning a new language exercises your brain!

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

GCSE Spanish (AQA)

Why study GCSE Spanish?
Spanish is the third largest world language in terms of number of speakers (after Mandarin and English) and is spoken in 21 countries across the globe. It is the native language of over 410million speakers around the world, including an ever growing Hispanic population in the USA (over 38 million Spanish speakers). Learning Spanish therefore allows you to communicate across the globe.

UK businesses need people with language skills and knowledge of a language often gives you a competitive edge over an opponent. It is a unique selling point and a qualification that employers respect. It shows you have good communication skills and welcome a challenge. Studying a language can also help you get into Further Education. Many courses at university now ask for a language qualification, even if they have nothing to do with languages – you’d be surprised! It gets you places. You will be able to communicate for travel or work and enjoy new cultures. Some degrees pay for you to spend a year abroad!

Studying a language can also teach you more about your own language and help you study. The language centre in your brain makes many connections and comparisons. It uses strategies to learn. You will develop communication skills, team working skills, interpersonal skills, problem solving and organisational skills as well as good learning strategies which are transferrable. So learning a new language exercises your brain!

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

AQA
Key Stage 5

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.

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.