The Modern Foreign Languages department aim to open students’ minds to different opportunities and culture and help them integrate in a global world. To teach students rigour and resilience as well as harvesting a love and a passion for a hidden talent or intrigue for a new language. At Manchester Communication Academy we want to teach communication skills and give our students confidence to become public speakers, prepared for a confident future, empowered to articulate their thoughts and give students ambition to aim high (universities) as well as raises aspiration. We want our students to enjoy their learning whilst developing a deeper understanding and respect for other cultures.
KEY STAGE 3
In Year 7 students receive a 2 hour MFL curriculum. Each student will cover all 4 skills of reading, writing, speaking and listening over a range of topics with relevant grammar points and vocabulary. The topics covered in Year 7 are: All about me, Family and descriptions, Free Time, School and Routine and Holidays. In Year 8 students receive a 3 hour MFL curriculum. 2 hours of this covers the 4 skills of reading, writing, speaking and listening over a range of topics relevant grammar points and vocabulary. The topics covered in Year 8 are: Music and Films, Health and Fitness, Food and Healthy Eating alongside Where I live. The third hour of this curriculum is used to embed grammar which will also be used to teach translation skills needed for the new GCSE. Year 9 students receive a 2 hour MFL curriculum covering the GCSE topic Identity and Culture.
We have also added a small cohort of Mandarin to our Year 7 provision for this year. They will be covering the same topics as Year 7 French and Spanish.
KEY STAGE 4
In year 10 we have two different pathways for our students. On the 4 hour pathway students spend 2 hours looking at content and topic vocabulary with a focus on speaking and listening skills and 2 hours learning and putting into practise grammar points, with a focus on reading and writing. In our 2 hour pathway students cover all four skills and grammar points relevant to each topic each lesson with an emphasis on independent work outside of the lesson to practice the skills.
The topics we are studying as part of the Edexcel GCSE course are:
Theme 1: Identity and Culture
Theme 2: Local Area, Holiday and Travel
Theme 3: School
Theme 4: Future aspiration, study and work
Theme 5: International and Global Dimension
Students will be assessed at the end of Year 11 in Speaking, Reading, Listening and Writing. Each skill is worth 25% of their overall grade.
The GCSE Specifications can be found using the following links: