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Dear Parents/Carers, 

I just wanted to make you aware that we are allowing students to use their phones for some tasks in French and Spanish lessons.  We have so many engaging resources that students can use to help support their learning of languages, and we, therefore, want to allow them to try them out in lessons.  They are under absolutely no obligation to use their phones, as I am aware they might not bring one to school or have enough data, but the option is there should they wish to do so.  

Many thanks, 
Rachel Thomas

Head of MFL

 

Key Stage 3

In the Modern Foreign Languages Department, we give students the opportunity to say whether they would like to study French or Spanish during their time at Dene Magna, and we do our absolute best to accommodate their preference.  

Students study the following topics across 4 lessons per fortnight:  

French

Year 7 Year 8 Year 9
Module 1 – C’est perso  Module 1 – T’es branché(e)? Module 1 – Ma vie sociale d’ado
Module 2 – Mon collège Module 2 – Paris, je t’adore! Module 2 – Bien dans sa peau
Module 3 – Mes passetemps Module 3 – Mon identité Module 3 – À l’horizon
Module 4 – Ma zone Module 4 – Chez moi, chez toi Module 4 – Spécial vacances
Module 5 – 3, 2, 1…Partez! Module 5 – Quel talent?! Module 5 – Moi dans le monde

Spanish

Year 7 Year 8 Year 9
Módulo 1 - Mi vida Módulo 1 – Mis vacaciones Módulo 1 – Somos así
Módulo 2 – Mi tiempo libre Módulo 2 – Todo sobre mi vida Módulo 2 – Oriéntate
Módulo 3 – Mi insti Módulo 3 – ¡A comer! Módulo 3 – En forma
Módulo 4 – Mi familia y mis amigos Módulo 4 – ¿Qué hacemos? Módulo 4 – Jóvenes en acción
Módulo 5 – Mi ciudad Módulo 5 – Operación verano Módulo 5 – Una aventura en Madrid

ILT information: 

Students are set ILT on a weekly basis.  This includes learning a list of vocabulary (which can be accessed via Quizlet or the vocabulary sheets in their books), as well as online reading, listening and grammar exercises on  www.pearsonactivelearn.com.  

Assessment: 

Students are assessed on all four language skills (listening, reading, writing, speaking) throughout each of the five modules that they study each year, and one of the four skills at the end of each module.  They also complete an end of module vocabulary test in addition to those set weekly.

Key Stage 4

Students study the following topics across 5 lessons per fortnight:  

French

Module 1 - Qui suis-je?
Module 2 - Le temps des loisirs 
Module 3 - Jours ordinaires, jours de fête
Module 4 - De la ville à la campagne
Module 5 - Le grand large…
Module 6 - Au collège
Module 7 - Bon travail!
Module 8 - Un œil sur le monde​​​​​​

Spanish

Módulo 1 - ¡Desconéctate! 
Módulo 2 - Mi vida en el insti 
Módulo 3 - Mi gente 
Módulo 4 - Intereses e influencias 
Módulo 5 - Ciudades 
Módulo 6 - De costumbre 
Módulo 7 - ¡A currar! 
Módulo 8 - Hacia un mundo mejor 


ILT information: 

Students are set ILT on a weekly basis.  This includes learning a list of vocabulary (which can be accessed  via Quizlet or the vocabulary sheets in their books), as well as online reading, listening and grammar exercises on  www.pearsonactivelearn.com

Assessment: 

Students are assessed on all four language skills (listening, reading, writing, speaking) throughout each of the five modules that they study each year, and two of the four skills at the end of each module.  They also complete an end of module vocabulary test in addition to those set weekly. 

Extra-Curricular Activities

Residential trips

Normandy

This trip takes place every year and is open to all Year 7 students.  

Paris

This trip takes place every other year and is open to Year 9 students who are strongly interested in studying French and Art at GCSE and Year 10 students who are already studying either/both of these subjects.  

Barcelona

This trip takes place every other year and is open to Year 9 students who are strongly interested in studying Spanish and Art at GCSE and Year 10 students who are already studying either/both of these subjects.  

 

Clubs
French Breakfast Club

Students can sample 'un pain au chocolat', 'un croissant' and much much more at French Breakfast Club which takes place in L1 at break on  Thursday A and Friday B.   

ILT Club

Students can come along to L1 to complete their ILT independently or with the support of our Languages Ambassadors.  This takes place at break on Thursday A and Friday B.  

Film Club

Students can attend Dene Magna's very own cinema at lunchtime every Wednesday and watch a variety of French and Spanish films throughout the year.  

 

Events and day trips
European Day of Languages

Our Languages Ambassadors organise a week of activities to celebrate European Day of Languages.  These include language taster sessions, French/Spanish Karaoke, French/Spanish Cinema and French breakfast, as well as the chance to win lots of prizes and take home some freebies!  

French / Spanish Plays

We have been extremely lucky that the Friends of Dene Magna Association have supported the Modern Foreign Languages Department by funding a French/Spanish play performed by native speakers for the past 3 years.  

Languages for Life

Speakers from a variety of companies, who use languages in their jobs roles, come to speak to our Year 9 students about how useful languages are in the world of work.  

Student Leadership Roles in MFL

 

KS4 Languages Ambassadors
Louise F,  Olivia C, Jack M, Tegan B, Araya S, Cora B,  Reuben J,  Caitlin K, Jessica G, Victoria H.

 

Student Coaches

Caitlin D, Charlotte T, Zoe F, Rosie G, Grace M

Useful Links

Students have accounts on the following websites and they can be used to access vocabulary, reading, listening and grammar tasks related to the module they are currently studying:  

Other useful websites: