Modern Foreign Languages
Head of Department
Miss C Jackson
- BA(Hons) Modern History and Politics
- PGCE in Secondary Education and French
“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.”
The Modern Foreign Languages (MFL) curriculum at Pleckgate is designed to foster a love of language learning and to encourage respect for and understanding of other people and cultures. Our key focus is on equipping pupils with a range of skills that allow them to become confident, successful and independent learners. Lessons are interactive and pupils are encouraged to work together to develop cross-curricular skills, such as use of the spoken language, problem-solving, literacy and memory skills. Pupils study French at KS3 and have the opportunity to study French and Urdu at KS4.
At KS3 pupils follow a broad MFL curriculum which is in line with the national curriculum and covers the four skill areas of listening, speaking, reading and writing. This covers a variety of topic areas designed to motivate, engage and challenge pupils. These include understanding and responding to spoken and written language from authentic sources: speaking with fluency and confidence in the chosen language; writing for different purposes and audiences and discovering and developing an appreciation of writing in French. In addition to learning key grammatical concepts and a wide range of topic-based vocabulary, pupils also learn about the culture and history of France and that of French-speaking countries across the world.
In addition, language students at Pleckgate enjoy a variety of enrichment activities including an Arabic club and a KS4 speaking club.
The AQA GCSE course builds on the foundations of the KS3 curriculum and covers a range of topics from everyday transactional language which serves a practical purpose to modern French literature and current affairs. Pupils study towards final exams in each of the four skills – listening, speaking, reading and writing, all of which carry equal weighting.
Please note, every subject exercise book your child has contains a subject ‘Pleckgate Learning Journey’ that outlines the content covered, timelines and assessment points for the current year.