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Modern Foreign Languages

Knowledge of more than one language is expected by many multi-national employers in the 21st century job market and it opens so many doors to young people in terms of travel and leisure too.

Lessons in the MFL Department aim to foster students’ enjoyment of language learning, promote understanding and appreciation of the cultures and ways of life of other countries and encourage pride in successful linguistic achievement. We offer a number of opportunities for our students to immerse themselves in the language being studied, through activities here at school, as well as travelling abroad.

All language learning focuses on the four skills of:

Listening

Speaking

Reading

Writing

We also work closely with our feeder primary schools to develop language learning from an early age. 

Key Stage 3 Curriculum

In Years 7, 8 and 9 students will study either French or German to give them all a firm grounding in one language increasing their enjoyment and heightening their sense of achievement. They will spend time developing important skills for language learning. 

Students will study a range of topic areas such as People and Pets, Food and Drink, School, Hobbies, Daily Life, Life at Home, Social Media, My Town and Holidays as well as grammatical aspects such as tenses, gender agreement and sentence structures. The four skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing will be developed over the units and there will be progression in knowledge about language throughout the scheme of work in Key Stage 3. 

In Years 8 and 9 students have the opportunity to travel to France and Germany, to meet the penfriends they have made earlier and practise their chosen language.

In addition, Spanish is offered as an option to Year 9 students who will be given the opportunity to travel to Spain to immerse themselves in the culture and the language.

GCSE Study

The majority of Amery Hill students will pursue a foreign language at GCSE level.  Currently we offer French, German and Spanish and we follow the AQA exam board.  The four key skills are developed through a range of topics: Identity and Culture, Future Aspirations, Current and Future Study and Employment, National, International and Global Themes.