Welcome to the Modern Foreign Languages department at Worthing High School
We are a committed, experienced and high achieving department.
Information About the MFL department
All students will develop the skills and confidence to consider themselves ‘global citizens’ who belong to a multicultural, mutually respectful world. Students increase their cultural capital by building knowledge of other countries, their languages and cultures and as a result are more open to new experiences and have a more profound understanding of their own language and culture.
Our aim in MFL is:
- To promote intercultural understanding.
- To enable students to have a more profound understanding of their own language and culture.
- To develop the skills and the confidence to understand and speak in the target language with a real purpose.
- To help prepare students to become global citizens.
- To build cultural capital.
- To provide a competitive edge for future careers.
- To relate language learning to current affairs.
- To provide first-hand experience of foreign language and culture via trips and use of authentic classroom materials.
We teach French, German and Spanish. Currently 90-95% of KS3 students take at least one language at KS3 and 67% take it at GCSE. Most MFL is taught in mixed ability classes, apart from a top set of students on either side of the year group who are dual-linguists (French and German). Differentiated materials and teaching are employed to allow all students to access the learning.
We recognise the importance of Quality First Teaching: we demand a high level of pupil involvement and engagement with their learning and expect high levels of interaction for all pupils via Pupil Interactive Language (PIL). This is a key focus of our MFL Intent as it enables students to develop the skills and the confidence to understand and speak in the target language with a real purpose. This sits alongside our teacher use of Target Language and teacher questioning, modelling and explaining. We have an emphasis on learning through dialogue, with regular opportunities for pupils to talk both individually and in groups. There is an expectation that pupils will accept responsibility for their own learning and work independently and regular use of encouragement and authentic praise in TL is used to engage and motivate pupils.
Our Curriculum Intent and strategy is based on pedagogical research eg the importance of Pupil Interactive Language and Target Language, the importance of Explicit Vocabulary Instruction and the value of a sequenced curriculum, which provides consistent revisiting, and recall of key language and skills. We promote and reward high levels of engagements in our lessons via the use of PIL routines and competition.
We maintain input from Higher Education colleagues via ITT and Subject based networking and teachers use every opportunity to update their practice.
In Year 7, the five themes studied are: Identity and culture; Local area, holiday and travel; School; Future aspirations, study and work; International and global dimension. Language is chosen to reflect the world students live in, using contexts familiar to them in their everyday lives and teaching them the vocabulary that they need to communicate in a foreign language with young people of their own age on topics that interest and stimulate them. Grammar is taught in context and includes the present tense, the conditional tense, possessive articles, opinions and the near future tense. The four key skills are Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing.
In year 8 the five key themes of Identity and culture; Local area, holiday and travel; School; Future aspirations, study and work; International and global dimension are revisited in more depth and with greater emphasis on more complex structures and contexts. Key grammar skills from year 7 are revisited and are built on with the addition of the imperfect tense, perfect tense, modal verbs, the imperative, reflexive and separable verbs and the future tense.
In year 9 the five key themes of Identity and culture; Local area, holiday and travel; School; Future aspirations, study and work; International and global dimension are revisited and extended through new and more challenging contexts including authentic texts, poems, literature, songs and film. The four skills of Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing are equally covered.
At Key Stage 4 students follow AQA GCSE German, French and Spanish.
We use high quality resources, Schemes of Work and assessments. Extended writing is a consistent focus through KS3 and KS4, supported by our Key Questions writing assessment done at the end of each unit of work and at the end of each year of study. The MFL Team of teachers and their students have a good knowledge of success criteria and teachers use data effectively.
Aims of the MFL department
- To enable all students to make maximum progress in their languages lessons whilst enjoying varied learning activities
- To teach students to be responsible and independent learners
- To provide students with literacy, study and thinking skills that help them across the curriculum
- To enrich students’ lives by providing them with the cultural aspects of the languages they are studying
Mr M. Beda - Assistant Headteacher / Subject Leader (French)
Ms K Nicholas - Deputy Leader of Modern Foreign Languages, Teacher of German and French
Ms. O. Ignat, Teacher of Spanish and German
Mr. S. Ygon, Teacher of Spanish and French
Ms J Baptiste - Teacher of French and Spanish
Ms H Varley - Teacher of French and Spanish
5 well resourced classrooms
Learning Resource Centre
Access to 4 modern ICT Suites
“Learning another language is not only learning different words for the same things, but learning another way to think about things." - Flora Lewis
KS3 (Year 7, 8 and 9)
At Key Stage 3 most students focus on studying one foreign language (currently French or Spanish). Top sets in Year 7, 8 and 9 both study French and German. Students cover a range of every day topics and practise their skills in listening, speaking, reading and writing and translation we use a variety of authentic learning resources, all of which prepare students for studying a language at GCSE and for using language in real-life situations.
KS4 (Year 10 and 11)
At Key Stage 4 students follow the AQA GCSE course. Over the two years the course covers the three themes of: Identity & Culture (Me, my family and friends; Technology in everyday life; Free-time activities; Customs and festivals in target language countries/communities); Local, national, international and global areas of interest (Home, town, neighbourhood & region; Social issues; Global Issues; Travel and tourism) and Current and future study and employment (My studies; Life at school/college; Education post-16; Jobs, career choices and ambitions)
Alongside the curriculum content, students continue to improve their skills in listening, speaking, reading and writing which are separately assessed skills with equal (25%) weighting. Speaking exams consist of describing a photo, conservation questions and a role-play.
Period 6 - Wednesdays
For Easter Revision Sessions, please see under Teaching & Learning, Exam Support.
The importance of languages in other subjects