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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 - La rentrée

Module 5 - Ma ville

Module 4 – Chez moi, chez toi

Module 2 - En classe

Module 1 - Vive les vacances

Module 5 – Quel talent?!

Module 3 - Mon temps libre

Module 2 - J’adore les fêtes

Module 1 – Ma vie sociale d’ado

Module 4 - Ma vie de famille

Module 3 - A loisir

Module 2 – Bien dans sa peau

 

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

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

Intent

The study of modern foreign languages at Dene Magna intends to develop students into ‘global citizens’ who are confident in expressing themselves and communicating with others in another language. Students achieve this through a blend of independent and collaborative work designed to challenge and develop students’ comprehension and expression of the language they study. Cross-curricular skills developed during the study of modern foreign languages at Dene Magna include the ability to communicate lucidly, problem-solve and work effectively as part of a team, all of which prepare students for higher education and the world of work. Students gain an awareness of and appreciation for different cultures and beliefs both in class and through a range of extra-curricular opportunities offered by the MFL department; students are inspired and supported to further explore this curiosity about the world and other cultures both in class and through independent study. We encourage our students to share their experiences and their love for language learning with their peers and with members of the wider community.

Implementation

The strategy of implementing a balanced and broad curriculum within MFL at Dene Magna is very clearly based around four main key elements:

 
  1. Ensuring a measured balance between the 5 main elements of learning French and Spanish: reading, listening, writing, speaking and grammar. With careful consideration using the highest quality resources and premium online digital platforms, students are encouraged to consolidate using these, thus avoiding cognitive overload whilst ensuring a ‘love for learning a language’.

  2. A common and concise Department framework. The repetition in the form of a WALT and WILF with three levels of challenge in the target language allows students to take ownership of their own learning journey whilst ensuring consistency across the Department in all areas. Weekly ILT schedules are set based on vocabulary learning and online listening and reading activities topic-specific for full consolidation after each lesson.

  3. Our Student Voice Scheme allows for continual development and evolution within our Scheme of Work and wider contribution within the School. In the past, this has allowed for us to include extracurricular cultural appreciation such as the Year 7 Normandy Trip, the Year 10 Barcelona Trip, el dia de Los Muertos (Day of the Dead) and European Languages Day. Within the Department, we also give the opportunity for keen linguists in KS4 to become Language Ambassadors. The key role for these young role models is to encourage and pursue like-minded students in their quest to be successful within languages and share their passion. Ambassadors have also been recognised in establishing Intervention sessions for KS3 students who may be finding learning French and Spanish more challenging.

A variety of premium resources allows us as a Department to fully submerge our young linguists with fully interactive learning tools. We use state of the art technology such as www.pearsonactivelearn.com as well as premium subscriptions to higher-level listening websites such as www.newsinslow.com for those who want to challenge their own learning boundaries. We believe that learning a language is more than just sitting in a classroom, and every resource accessed by each student takes them on a cultural, pedagogical and enriching journey in all key stages.

Impact

We aspire for every student to achieve excellent academic outcomes in their study of French or Spanish. Students are encouraged to foster a life-long love for language learning and are inspired to conduct an independent study on areas of Hispanic or Francophone culture or society of interest to them. 

Linguists at Dene Magna are confident communicators who thrive working both independently and collaboratively. Students are equipped for success through the teaching and development of transferable skills desired by apprenticeships, universities and employers. These include, but are not limited to, the ability to: communicate lucidly; problem solves; and work effectively as part of a team. 

We aim for an increasing number of students opting to study both French and Spanish at key stage 4 and key stage 5 as the importance of speaking more than one language is ever-increasing in modern society. As a result of their study of French or Spanish, students leave Dene Magna as ‘global citizens’ who possess an international outlook. Students are aware of the breadth of opportunities available to them as linguists and are able to use their language skills in both personal and professional contexts to the benefit of the wider community.

Further 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: