Key Stage 4 MFL overview
Is the subject right for me?
All students have the opportunity to study a foreign language to the end of Year 11. At GCSE listening and reading papers are tiered (higher and foundation) to cater for students of all abilities. Speaking and writing controlled assessments are open-ended tasks which allow you to perform at your own level.
What do I need to know, or be able to do, before taking the course?
To study a language at GCSE you will need to have studied the same language at Key Stage 3 (Years 7-9).
You can study a single language or combine it with a second language if you are in band 1 when you choose your options in year 9. Your teacher will help you to decide whether you will be able to cope with the demands of studying 2 languages at GCSE.
What will I learn? / How will I be assessed?
In Years 10 and 11 you will study 2 or more of the following topics for your speaking and writing controlled assessments:
- Travel and tourism
- Business, work and employment
- Sport and leisure
- Media and culture
- ‘Centre-devised’ option – the MFL department can choose a module to study, e.g. School / My local area / Healthy living. For the dual linguists this module can differ between the 2 languages studied in order to offer greater variety.
In addition you will work on the following topics for the listening and reading examinations:
- Out and about (visitor information / public transport / basic weather / local amenities / directions / accommodation)
- Customer service and transactions (cafés and restaurants / shops / dealing with problems)
- Personal information (general interests / leisure activities / family and friends / lifestyle)
- Future plans, education and work (basic language of the internet / simple job advertisements, applications and CV / school and college / work and work experience)
Controlled assessment / listening and reading examinations
You will undertake a wide range of activities within lessons and at home in order to prepare for controlled assessments in speaking and writing and examinations in listening and reading. Students currently undertake controlled assessments in the spring / summer terms of year 10 and in the autumn term of year 11. The weightings of the 4 skill areas are as follows:
Listening 20% Reading 20%
Speaking 30% Writing 30%