MFL at KS4

AQA GCSE French, German, Spanish - September 2019

  • These courses build on your skills and knowledge from KS3.  Students will learn new language structures and vocabulary based on topic areas such as “Technology”, “Customs and festivals” “The environment” and “Holidays and travel”.
  • Lessons will be very similar in KS4 but at a higher level.  All four skills of Speaking, Reading, Listening and Writing tasks will be covered in the lessons and learning vocabulary and grammar regularly is a key part of success.
  • There will also be a greater focus on talking spontaneously, translations and literary texts (poems, songs, films etc.), which will also form part of the GCSE exams.

We use a variety of resources such as games, clips, songs, stories and other authentic material. 

There are 2 levels of entry: higher grades 4 - 9 and foundation grades 1 – 5. 
The course is assessed in the following way:

Reading Exam
1
End of Y11
25%
Listening Exam
1
End of Y11
25%
Writing Exam
1
End of Y11
25%
Speaking Exam
1
End of Y11
25%

 What skills are needed?

  • A willingness to learn words and grammar thoroughly on a regular basis both in school and at home and also to participate actively in speaking activities
  • A willingness to work hard, have a “can do” attitude and have an interest in the culture as well as the language
  • A willingness to take advantage of all opportunities offered e.g. extra speaking workshops or use of private study packs

Other essential information:

  • Languages are an essential, life-long skill, which are very valuable in the world of work. 
  • Studying a language will lead to more than a qualification – it will broaden horizons, teach  valuable problem solving skills and it will extend choices in future careers.
  • There will be opportunities to go on trips such as exchanges or study trips
  • The Higher Level GCSE course leads to AS and then A level (to consider doing AS, you need to achieve at least a grade 5 at Higher level GCSE). A Level Languages are very sought-after qualifications.