March 16, 2011

Modern Foreign Languages

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Importance of Modern Foreign Languages

Languages are part of the cultural richness of our society and the world in which we live and work.  Learning languages contributes to mutual understanding, a sense of global citizenship and personal fulfillment.  Students learn to appreciate different countries, cultures, communities and people.  By making comparisons, they gain insight into their own culture and society.  The ability to understand and communicate in another language is a lifelong skill for education, employment and leisure in this country and throughout the world.

Learning languages gives students opportunities to develop their listening, speaking, reading and writing skills and to express themselves with increasing confidence, independence and creativity.  They explore the similarities and differences between other languages and English and learn how language can be manipulated and applied in different ways.  The development of communication skills, together with understanding of structure of language, lay the foundations for future study of other languages and support the development of literacy skills in a student’s own language.

The benefits of studying a language:

  1. Employers look for the intellectual training which language courses provide.
  2. Linguists are taught to think structurally, write essays which show clear, focused arguments.
  3. Engineering is now international – languages are now an important skill for engineers.
  4. The growing need for people with language skills is attributable to a number of recent developments: changes in technology; changes in Europe; increasing internationalisation.


Key Stage 3 – Modern Foreign Languages
Curriculum Content

At Boldon School students will follow the QCA curriculum for Modern Foreign Languages (see link below) in either French or German completing units of work covering the following:

  • Linguistic competence: developing listening, reading, speaking and writing in a range of situations and contexts and applying linguistic knowledge and skills to understand and communicate effectively.
  • Knowledge about language: understanding the grammar and structures of a language and how to manipulate it.
  • Creativity: adapting language that is familiar for new purposes and in within new topic areas.
  • Intercultural understanding: learning about other cultures, appreciating their richness and diversity.  Developing an international outlook and recognising that there are different ways of viewing the world.

MFL Key stage 3 National Curriculum programme of study


The Modern Foreign Languages department uses Echo to deliver German in Boldon School. This is a course designed for students of a wide range of abilities. Echo Elektro is used in conjunction with the text book to deliver extra materials via interactive slides. The department has a variety of additional resources in both Key Stages..


The Modern Foreign Languages department uses Expo to deliver French in Boldon School. This is a lively and easy–to–use 11–14 French course for students of a wide range of abilities. Expo Électro is used in tandem with the text book to enhance the teaching of French through interactive slides. The department has excellent resources in both Key Stages.

Key Stage 4

In Key Stage 4 students can complete a GCSE in either French or German in the Tyne Pathway.  Each language is an Optional Subject worth one GCSE.

Brief Description of the Course

The Contexts and Purposes for both French and German are:

Who am I? – Relationships when I was younger, what my friends and family are like, what makes a good friend, Interests, socializing with friends and family, role models.

Daily Life – customs and everyday life, food and drink, shopping, social media and technology, (use of, advantages and disadvantages)

Cultural Life – celebrations and festivals, reading, music, sport, film and television.

Theme: Local area, holiday and travel

Holidays – preferences, experiences, destinations

Travel and tourist transactions – travel and accommodation, asking for help and dealing with problems, directions, eating out, shopping.

Towns, region and country – weather, places to see, things to do

Theme: School

What school is like – school types, school day, subjects, rules and pressure, celebrating success.

School activitiesschool trips, events and exchanges.

Theme: Future aspirations, study and work

Using languages beyond the classroom – forming relationships, travel, and employment.

Ambitions – Further studying, volunteering, training.

Work – Jobs, careers and professions.

Theme: International and global dimension

Bringing the world together – sports events, music events, campaigns and good causes.

Environmental Issues – being ‘green’, access to natural resources

Method of Assessment

There are 2 tiers – higher and foundation.

There are 4 Units:

Listening:  25%

Reading:  25%

Writing:  25%

Speaking:  25%

Examination board – AQA



Modern Languages Staff

Ms A Tomlinson