Modern Languages

At The Malling School, pupils in Key Stage 3 study one or two Modern Languages. This could be either French or Spanish, or both.

In Year 7 and Year 8 Spanish, we follow the Mira Express books (1 and 2) from Heinemann Publishers. In Year 9, we follow a similar programme of study to GCSE courses, which covers the foundation topics, vocabulary and grammar to prepare pupils for their GCSE options.

In Year 7 and Year 8 French, we have created a programme of study based around Access Studio, Allez 1 and Expo 1, 2, and 3. In Year 9, we follow a similar programme of study to GCSE courses, which covers the foundation topics, vocabulary and grammar to prepare pupils for their GCSE options.

In both languages, pupils cover a range of topics from basic greetings and introductions, free time, school, describing family, friends and holidays. They also cover a range of grammatical points and vocabulary which lay the foundations for further study at Key Stage 4.

In Key Stage 4, students can opt to continue studying either French or Spanish.

In both languages we use Edexcel Exam board. In Spanish, we use ¡Viva! GCSE textbooks (Foundation/Higher) and in French we use the Studio GCSE textbooks (Foundation/Higher).

The GCSE course aims to teach pupils how to communicate effectively in French through key vocabulary and content linked to the five main topic areas above. Teaching is conducted using a variety of materials and authentic resources to develop the four language communication skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing, improving their communicative skills and adding an international dimension to their education. Throughout the two-year course, pupils are required to work both independently and collaboratively in class and they study the following topics:

1 – Identity and culture: relationships with family and friends. Daily life, shopping and social media, advantages and disadvantages of using technology. Celebrations and festivals, Music, Sport, Film and Television.

2 - Local area, holidays and travel: holiday preferences, experiences and destinations, travel and accommodation, directions and dealing with problems, town and places to see.

3 – School: school types; school day; subjects; rules and pressures; celebrating success; school trips; events; exchanges.

4 – Future aspirations, study and work: using languages beyond the classroom; travel and employment; further study; volunteering and training; jobs, careers and professions.

5 – International and global dimension: sports events; music events; campaigns and good causes. Being ´green´: access to natural resources.

Pupils are assessed on the following skills, which are broken down as:

Listening      25%                     Examination      Year 11

Speaking         25%                 Examination    (internally conducted, externally assessed in Year 11)

Reading           25%                 Examination      Year 11

Writing           25%                 Examination    Year 11