Modern Foreign Languages

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Pupils may choose one or both of the languages that they have studied at Key Stage 3. An increasing number of able linguists are choosing both because, as we use the same examination board for each, students find that it can be a huge help to follow both courses simultaneously. The study of a foreign language is also necessary for pupils who wish to achieve an EBacc. Universities view languages favourably and employers value a CV that shows achievement in MFL. As the demand for language skills is expanding in fields as varied as business, international relations, diplomacy and security, the knowledge of a foreign language will give future job-seekers the edge in an increasingly globalised and competitive job market. Furthermore, whether it be for business or pleasure, learning a language provides young people with a skill for life and undoubtedly facilitates picking up a new foreign language in the future.
Both courses cover a variety of topics, including: Current and future study, identity and culture and local, national and global issues.
The GCSE course actually begins in Year 9 and, during Year 10 and 11, we continue to develop all four language skills (Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking) with each accounting for 25% of the total GCSE grade.
In terms of the structure of assessment, the speaking assessment includes a role play and a general conversation and the written component includes translation and a short essay (150 words approximately.)