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Modern Foreign Languages - French

Curriculum vision

Intent

In today’s global society, proficiency in other languages is key to understanding the world we live in. That is why at The Douay Martyrs Catholic Secondary School, we highly value language learning. We vow to enable our students to communicate effectively and confidently in speech and writing in either French or Spanish and to develop a strong cultural knowledge. MFL is an enthusiastic, passionate and creative department, always seeking new and innovative ways to make languages learning engaging and empowering. We aim to instil a love of languages and inspire our students to broaden their horizons through trips to France, Cologne and Spain, partnership programs, languages and foreign cinema clubs, spelling bees and grammar competitions.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            

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Year 7

            
 Module 1 : La rentrée Module 2: En classe Pupils in Year 7 are following the ‘Dynamo’ course which introduces them to the French-speaking world. Topics include ‘Back to school, School, My Spare Time, Family Life and in Town. Moreover, they are introduced to a range of cultural topics, these include differences between French and English schools, Christmas in France and Francophone countries, sports in Francophone countries and Bastille Day.            

 

Module 3 : Mon temps libre Module 4 : Ma vie de famille Throughout the year students are introduced to fundamental French grammar, including the present and near future tense, adjective agreement, opinions, frequency, infinitives, regular and irregular verbs. Allowing students to be exposed to a wide range of key grammatical concepts          

 

Module 5: Ma ville Lessons ensure that pupils gain experience in all four skill areas and are encouraged to develop these skills throughout the year. Students are also introduced to exam style question such as role plays, picture presentation and conversation.  

 

            

Year 8 

            

 

            

Module 1 : Vive les vacances Module 2 : Vive les fêtes

Pupils in Year 8 are following the ‘Dynamo 2’ course which reinforces topics and grammar covered in year 7 Topics include ‘My holidays, festivals, digital technology, the world around me, sports. Moreover, they are introduced to a range of cultural topics, these include festivals celebrations in the Francophone world, traditional French cuisine, geographical aspects of France and Francophone countries, famous French painters and their works of art, famous sportspeople in the Francophone world.

 

            

Module 3: A loisirs Module 4: Le monde est petit

Key grammatical concepts are reinforced in year 8 and more complex structures are introduced alongside them such as: modal verbs, use of negative structure, reflexive verbs, irregular adjectives, the present tense, the perfect tense, the near future, the imperative, the comparative, the possessive adjectives.

 

            

 

            

Module 5: Le sport en direct

Lessons ensure that pupils continue to gain experience in all four skill areas and are encouraged to develop these skills throughout the year. Lessons in year 8 ensure that a robust foundation is established for students to successfully move onto their GCSE course.
            

            

Year 9

            

 

            

Module 1: Family and relationships Topic: In this topic, students will talk about socialising and family. They will give their opinions about friends and family, what makes a good friend, using a range of vocabulary. They will be able to describe people using a more detailed description and talk about who inspires them and why.

Grammar: Students will use a range of relationship verbs. Refer to the present, past and future tense. In order to develop their writing skills, they will be encouraged to use a range of connectives.
            

Module 2: Hobbies Topic: In this topic, students will talk about free-time activities, TV programmes and films. They will have the opportunity to discuss what they usually do and what sports they enjoy the most. As part of this topic, they will also talk about different types of entertainment and what’s trendy now and how they keep in touch by using social networks. They will express their reading preferences by using similar ideas expressed differently.

Grammar: 

Students will be able to use direct object pronouns. Talk about what they have been doing using depuis + the present tense. They will further develop their use of more complex tenses, the imperfect tense to say what they used to do and to compare it with the use of the perfect tense in order to use a range of past tenses. In order to express themselves with more complex structures, they will learn to use superlatives and comparatives

 

            

Module 3: Festivals Topic: In this topic, students will describe mealtimes, talk about typical foods as well as talk about daily routine. They will be able to describe a special day and talk about a family celebration. As good linguists, they will infer meaning in literary texts.

Grammar: Students will be able to use modal verbs, pouvoir, vouloir and devoir.

They will continue to practice the use of the present, past and future tense. Students will be encouraged to use complex structures when forming questions.

 

            
            

Year 10

            

 

            

Module 4: Local area Topic: In this topic, students will talk about places in a town, ask for and understand directions. They will be able to describe the features of a region as well as to understand the geography of France.

As part of this topic, students will be able to talk about what to do during their spare time. They will also be able to discuss the pros and cons of living in a big city. Grammar: Students will be able to use different tenses together, in particular, the conditional and modal verbs.

Module 5: Holidays Topic: In this topic, students will discuss holidays and weather. They will be able to say what they do in summer and talk about holiday preferences and describe an ideal holiday. They will describe what they did on holiday and where they stayed. They will learn how to book accommodation, to order in a restaurant and deal with problems.

Grammar: Students will be able to use questions to form answers as well as giving an account of a holiday in the past. Identify positive and negative opinions and using different structures to give opinions. Using three tenses is very important to secure a Grade 5 at GCSE. Understand the difference between the perfect tense and the pluperfect.

Module 6: School Topic: In this topic, students will learn about school life. They will be able to describe the school and give opinions about school subjects and describe school facilities.

They will also develop the use of giving opinions about school uniform and the school day. They will further discuss their preference for school subject, school rules and plans for a school exchange.

Grammar: Students will be able to Justify opinions using a range of language. They will be encouraged to use a wide range of adjective to give more detail to their written and spoken answers.

They will be using more complex structures such as comparatives and superlatives. An important grammar focus will be the use of phrases followed by an infinitive. Emphasis will be put on developing the use of at least 4 tenses.

            

Year 11

            

 

            

Module 7: Future aspirations, study & work Topic: In this topic, students will talk about different jobs and discuss job preferences. They will have the opportunity to talk about how you earn money and about work experience. Further on, they will discuss the importance of learning languages and how it will help in different jobs.

They will also learn how to apply for a summer job and write a formal letter. At the end of the module will discuss plans for the future such as gap years.

Grammar: Students will be able to use direct object pronouns in the perfect tense. Use the perfect and imperfect together. Revise the conditional. Use verbs in different forms. In order to discuss future plans, they will be encouraged to use several future tenses. As part of the grade 9 GCSE criteria, students will be able to use the subjunctive.

Module 8: International and global dimension Topic: In this topic, students will have the opportunity to look at international and global dimension issues.

The environment and environmental issues is a key part of this topic area. Students will consider and discuss global issues such as poverty, unemployment and natural disasters. The second part of the module, students will talk about ethical shopping, volunteering and also discussing big events. Grammar: They will learn how to present a written argument and give extended reasons for it. They will also understand the use grammar knowledge in translation in order to be successful in translation GCSE tasks. Use of more complex tenses such as: the passive voice, the subjunctive, modal verbs in the conditional, indirect object pronouns.

 

French GCSE Revision & Exam practice Topic: In the last leg of their GCSE French course, students will have the opportunity to revisit and revise their GCSE topics covered in the last 3 years of their course. Emphasis will be put into exam reading and listening practice.

Strategies for all four skills will be taught to develop their confidence in their skills and abilities. Grammar and translation skills will also be a strong focus of teaching during these last weeks of the course. Plenty of opportunities will be given to further develop their writing skills by supporting students with sentences builders.

Impact

The impact of our aspiring MFL Curriculum is to guide and support all students from primary through to KS3, GCSE, A Level and beyond to fulfil their full potential. We fully understand that the skills students learn in languages enable them to become linguists, give them a wider life experience as well as prepare them for exams which is why we place such a focus on literacy and oracy. The themes that we study in languages are accessible to all students and allow for stretch and challenge for our academically ambitious students. Our passion for learning languages underpins every lesson so we promote the use of foreign languages in the whole school environment. We offer engaging extra curriculum opportunities to ensure that the aspirations and attainment of all students is paramount whilst also recognising the importance in the development of self-esteem and self-development of all our students.