Announcements

Modern Foreign Languages

» About Us
» The MFL Team
» Curriculum
» Useful Links


About Us

"It is arrogant to assume that we can get by in English or that everyone else will speak our language. Learning a foreign language is polite, demonstrates commitment - and in today's world is absolutely necessary." 
Sir Trevor McDonald.


Modern Foreign Languages

Language learning is at the very heart of our school. We, the staff of the The Aylesbury Vale Academy MFL department, strongly believe that every young person should be given the opportunity to acquire a foreign language. Languages are part of the cultural richness of our society and the world in which we live and work. Learning languages contributes to a mutual understanding, a sense of global citizenship and personal fulfilment. Students learn to appreciate different countries, cultures, communities and people. By making comparisons they gain insight into their own culture and societies whilst understanding that communicating in another language is a lifelong skill for education, employment and leisure in this county and throughout the world. Our successful department consists of enthusiastic staff, whose aim it is to endow our young linguists with a passion for language learning.

Spanish is taught as part of the core curriculum and all students learn Spanish at KS3. Spanish is offered at GCSE level, and budding linguists furthermore can acquire advanced language skills at A level.

We also guide our Portuguese, Cantonese, Mandarin, Russian, French, Italian, German, Spanish, Japanese, Turkish, Arabic, Greek and Dutch speaking students, who might want to add a native speaker qualification to their portfolio, towards taking the GCSE and A Level exams in their respective languages.

Our lessons focus on the action orientated and communicative aspects of language in every-day situations, while at the same time they provide our learners with a sound grounding in grammar and language. The building of confidence through interactive language learning activities is vital for students to develop their skills in listening, speaking, reading and writing.

Moreover, we lay emphasis on cultural awareness by organising cross-curricular and language immersion trips to Spain.


The MFL Team

Curriculum Leader: TBC 

To be confirmed.

Lead Teacher: Mrs S Yoxall 

"I graduated from both Middlesex and ICADE (Madrid) Universities and I also have a post graduate in teaching from both UWE and UNED (in Spain).  After more than a decade in Pan European high tech Marketing I decided to go into teaching when my children were small.    I am truly trilingual and am passionate about languages.  I am fortunate to have had a multilingual upbringing and have travelled extensively.  Languages broaden horizons and everyone should have the opportunity to become multilingual.  We need to remember that there are more than 6,500 languages spoken in the world today and that 75% of the world do not speak English!

As Nelson Mandela used to say: “If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart.”

Teacher of MFL: Miss A Felipe-Ruiz
 

"I graduated from the University of Granada, Spain, with a degree in Translation and Interpreting in 2016. After working as a Spanish Teaching Assistant at Scripps College in the US for a year, I decided to pursue a career in teaching and completed my MA in Education. As part of this program, I did two internships: one at a secondary school in Spain and another one at Ilkley Grammar School, in Yorkshire. I’ve also been working for Middlebury Interactive Languages and IES Abroad as a Residential Educator, Peer Advisor and grammar teacher for the last 3 years, where I’ve shaped myself into helping people immerse themselves in the fantastic experience of learning and living a new language and culture. What I enjoy the most about teaching Spanish is building a bridge between different cultures in a world where cultural exchanges are so frequent and valuable."

Teacher of MFL: Miss Ferrer-Molina 

"I love teaching Spanish because it’s very rewarding seeing youngsters not only embrace a different language but open their minds up to a different culture and a different perspective!

Being bilingual is a super power and can take you anywhere!"


Curriculum

Key Stage 3

Students studying at Key Stage 3 attend two lessons of MFL per week.  In all years, students are assessed in listening, reading, writing and speaking skills. 

Year 7

Students in year 7 will study topics such as, my life, free time, school, my family and friends and my city. They will cover sub topics such as talking about pets and themselves, their hobbies, their personal and physical description and the area that they live in.

They will develop their listening, reading, writing and speaking skills including being able to apply grammar in new contexts and describe and explain their opinions.

Students are assessed at the end of every topic. This will take place in the classroom with teacher guidance and revision at home with supported materials.

When students are at home it is essential that they engage in activities which will increase their vocabulary and awareness of the language and culture. This should include completing their homework; they can also use Memrise to practise key vocabulary and access on line activities from http://www.languagesonline.org.uk/Hotpotatoes/Index.htm.

Year 8

Students will study:

  • Holidays
  • All about their life
  • Food
  • Social life and arranging to go out
  • Summer time

Students will build on their skills from year 7; for example students will start to study more difficult concepts of grammar such as three different tenses (past, present and future) their usage together, the use of comparatives, how to order food, how to accept and reject invitations, asking for directions and how to describe outfits.

Students are assessed at the end of every topic. This will take place in the classroom with teacher guidance and revision at home with supported materials.

When students are at home it is essential that they engage in activities which will increase their vocabulary and awareness of the language and culture. This should include completing their homework; they can also use Memrise to practise key vocabulary and access on line activities from http://www.languagesonline.org.uk/Hotpotatoes/Index.htm.

Year 9

In year 9 students study topics that focus on aspects of GCSE requirements:

·      About us

·      Jobs

·      Health

·      Young people in action

In year 9 the skills from previous years are embedded in order to give students an understanding and a basis for GCSE. The emphasis is on listening, reading, speaking and writing skills; students expand on skills already learnt such as using 3 tenses together, asking and answering questions, giving their opinions and forming more complex sentences.

Students are assessed at the end of every topic. This will take place in the classroom with teacher guidance and revision at home with supported materials.

When students are at home it is essential that they engage in activities which will increase their vocabulary and awareness of the language and culture. This should include completing their homework; they can also use Memrise or Quizlet to practise key vocabulary and access on line activities from http://www.languagesonline.org.uk/Hotpotatoes/Index.htm.


Key Stage 4

Students will be starting the new AQA GCSE specification which is divided into 3 themes:

Theme 1 - Identity and culture

  • Me, my family and friends
  • Technology in everyday life
  • Free time activities
  • Customs and festivals

Theme 2 - Local, national and global areas of interest

  • Home, town and neighbourhood
  • Social issues
  • Global issues
  • Travel and tourism

Theme 3 - Current and future study and employment

  • My studies, life at school
  • Education post -16
  • Jobs careers and ambitions

Students are assessed on 4 key skills which are each worth 25% in a final exam at the end of year 11: Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing. The aim of the course is to enable students of all abilities to develop their Spanish language skills to their full potential, equipping them with the knowledge to communicate in a variety of contexts with confidence.

Students will be assessed on a regular basis within the topic to monitor student progress – usually practise exam questions so that students can practise their technique and time management skills. At the end of Year 11 students will have completed 4 external exams:

  • Paper 1 – Listening – written exam lasting 45 minutes
  • Paper 2 – Speaking – a non exam assessment which is recorded by the teacher and submitted to the exam board.
  • Paper 3 – Reading – written exam lasting 1 hour
  • Paper 4 – Writing – written exam lasting 1 hour 15 mins

When students are at home it is essential that they engage in activities which will increase their vocabulary and awareness of the language and culture this includes completing their homework but they can also use memorise to practise key vocabulary and access on line activities from http://www.languagesonline.org.uk/Hotpotatoes/Index.htm.


Useful Links

  • http://www.wordreference.com/ (Spanish – English dictionary)
  • http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/ (MFL GCSE revision)
  • http://www.languagesonline.org.uk/Hotpotatoes/Index.htm (MFL ICT consolidation and practise)
  • http://oye.languageskills.co.uk/index.html (MFL ICT consolidation and practise after 5pm weekdays and weekends)

< back to top