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Modern Foreign Languages

“Those who know nothing of foreign languages know nothing of their own.”
(Goethe)

The Modern Foreign Languages department is passionate about developing global citizens.  We are a high achieving department with excellent uptake in the national context.  Our languages, French and German, run through all Key Stages.

Staff

Staff

Our highly-skilled staff can all offer both French and German

  • Mr M Richardson MR
  • Miss L Gibbs LGi
  • Mrs E Green EG
  • Ms S Janssen-Havercroft SJa
  • Mrs R Malone RM
  • Ms A Taylor AT
  • Mr C Towse CT

Key Stage 3

Key Stage 3

All students start with French in Year 7, picking up German in Year 8 and continuing with both languages through to Y9.  The study of two languages is the cornerstone of our large number of KS4 dual linguists. For the minority of students choosing not to continue with a language to GCSE level, we offer FCSE in French or German.  The MFL department runs Express groups in Years 8 and 9, this group contains our Able Gifted and Talented linguists and runs at a faster pace – GCSE controlled work is completed in Y9 by these students.

Please visit our French and German pages on the Fulford School VLE to see our range of exciting and interactive courses:  http://vle.fulford.york.sch.uk/

Key Stage 4

Key Stage 4

AQA French and German and Spanish  are offered at KS4, and have very healthy uptake.  Students can opt for one or more languages as a traditional two year GCSE course. Spanish is also offered to students attaining Level 6 or above at KS3 as an ab initio two year course

The GCSE course is made up as follows

  • Speaking 30% (controlled tasks)
  • Writing 30% (controlled tasks)
  • Listening 20% (exam)
  • Reading 20% (exam)

Two controlled tasks are entered for speaking and writing (15% each) and are carried out throughout the course – parents will be advised as to the dates of these.

Additional Information can be found by following the link: http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects

Key Stage 5

Key Stage 5

Students follow the AQA AS and A2 courses in French and German in KS5.  Uptake is good, with increasingly more students opting to continue to Y13, having done AS.  The courses are as follows:

AS Outline

The AS course covers:

Media: TV, advertising and communication technology

  • Popular culture: cinema, music and fashion/trends
  • Healthy living/lifestyle: sport/exercise, health and well-being and holidays
  • Family/relationships: relationships within the family, friendships and marriage/partnerships.

The AS specification has 2 units:

Unit 1: Listening, Reading and Writing (70% of AS)

  • Unit 2: Speaking Test.  (30% of AS)

A2 Outline

The A2 course covers:

Environment: pollution, energy and protecting the planet

  • The multi-cultural society: immigration, integration and racism
  • Contemporary social issues: wealth and poverty, law and order and the impact of scientific and technological progress
  • Cultural topic: the study of a target language speaking region/community or the study of a period of 20th century history from a target language-speaking country/community or the study of a novelist/dramatist/poet from a target language-speaking country/community or the study of a director/architect/musician/painter from a target language-speaking country/ community.

The A2 specification has 2 units:

  • Unit 3: Listening, Reading and Writing (35% of A Level)
  • Unit 4: Speaking Test. (15% of A Level)

Additional information can be found by following this link: http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects

Extra Curricular

Extra Curricular

Y9 – Exchange trip to Normandy, France

Y10 – GCSE French Study Trip Château du Tertre, Normandy (PGL)

Y10 – GCSE Exchange to Wetter, Germany

Y12 – Work Experience in France/Germany (Halsbury Travel)

For further information about Modern Foreign Languages at Fulford – why not follow us on Twitter @MFLFulford

Or visit our wiki

www.gcselanguages.wikispaces.com