Modern Foreign Languages (MFL)
Pupils at Key Stage 4 follow the Edexcel GCSE French or German course. This again focuses on four important skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing. Pupils re-visit the topic areas from KS3 in more depth. Courses will follow a linear pathway with examinations to take place in May/June of Year 11. In addition to this, mock examinations and Controlled Assessments/coursework will be completed throughout the year.
Assessment is as follows:
- Speaking assessment – two formal assessments, each worth 15%, completed during Year 10/11.
- Written assessment – two formal assessments, each worth 15%, completed during Year 10/11.
- Listening exam – formal exam in May/June of Year 11, 20% of total mark.
- Reading exam – formal exam in May/June of Year 11, 20% of total mark.
In listening and reading exams, pupils are entered for either the foundation or higher exam according to ability.
Details of any relevant websites and revision guides to support the qualification.
For the two websites above, pupils need to obtain the current username and password from their MFL teacher.
How will the KS4 qualification prepare my child for life in modern Britain?
Pupils will develop their appreciation of language and communication, enabling them to access Further Education and training. GCSE French and German will prepare pupils to enter employment and will equip them with vital skills such as being able to listen, speak, read and write in a foreign language as well as interpret information and follow and understand instructions. Higher-order skills such as analytical and comparison skills will also be fine-tuned in order to set pupils up for whatever path they wish to follow. This is particularly relevant when studying longer French and German texts and doing translation work. Study of a foreign language is an invaluable skill that colleges and employers greatly value.
Information about extra-curricular sessions and extended learning opportunities available to my child.
Additional support is available for pupils completing speaking and writing assessments every lunchtime in the MFL area.
What Post-16 opportunities or potential pathways could this qualification unlock for my child?
Does my child need any specialist equipment for this subject?
It is beneficial for pupils to have access to a bilingual dictionary at home.