Welcome to the Languages Department at York High School!
Subject Leader: Mr Winston
MFL Subject Staff
Mrs N. Poulton
In Key Stage 3 languages, you will learn how to talk about yourself and your world. Topics will include introducing yourself, talking about your family and friends, discussing hobbies, holidays and much more. You will learn about the grammar of the foreign language you are studying, and by the end of Key Stage 3 will be able to express ideas and give opinions and justifications, referring to the past, the present and the future. In addition, you will learn about the culture and customs of the countries where your foreign language is spoken, prompting tolerance and intercultural understanding. You will encounter and discuss examples of authentic materials in the foreign language, such as songs, excerpts from books, plays and poems, as well as films in the foreign language.
At both Key Stage 3 and 4, you will learn and practice the key skills of MFL: listening, speaking, reading and writing. We will also study many secondary skills, such as decoding new language, translation and cultural awareness.
Key stage 3 is divided into the following topics:
At GCSE, we build on the skills and content developed in Key Stage 3 to give students the ability to discuss a wide range of topics in the foreign language they are studying. We use the AQA GCSE specification, where each of the four exams is worth 25% of the overall GCSE. Students take exams in the four key skills of MFL: listening, reading, speaking and writing.
The content of the GCSE course is divided into themes, which in turn are divided into topics:
Theme 1: Identity and Culture
Topic 1: Me, my family and friends
Topic 2: Technology in everyday life
Topic 3: Free-time activities
Topic 4: Customs and festivals in French/Spanish-speaking countries/communities
Theme 2: Local, national, international and global areas of interest
Topic 1: Home, town, neighbourhood and region
Topic 2: Social issues
Topic 3: Global issues
Topic 4: Travel and tourism
Theme 3: Current and future study and employment
Topic 1: My studies
Topic 2: Life at school/college
Topic 3: Education post-16
Topic 4: Jobs, career choices and ambitions
Exam Board Links
https://www.pearsonactivelearn.com/app/Home - your child will be provided with a login for Pearson ActiveLearn. If they forget this, they can see their MFL teacher to get a reminder.