Broughton Hall High School MFL Department is a faculty consisting of ten members of staff: Miss C Parry, Mrs Caygill, Mrs Cebro, Mrs Davies, Mrs Guy, Señora Reina and Ms G Parry led by Mrs Lockett, Director of Learning of MFL and duly assisted by Mr Kassimi, second in department. We also employ a Spanish Assistant to assist pupils in their speaking and enhance their cultural awareness. The main language taught is Spanish. Some students in YearS 8 and 9 study French as well as Spanish and many continue with both languages to GCSE level.
 
Our primary purpose is to deliver a consistently high standard of challenging lessons with the aim of stimulating a lasting interest and enjoyment in the subject, helping pupils to realise their full potential. Ultimately we want our pupils to become independent learners in preparation for further study and the world of work. Our pupils’ achievement in Spanish is Outstanding, as highlighted in our recent Ofsted report (5-6 November 2013). Ofsted commented on a Year 9 lesson which they observed: “Pupils demonstrated attainment well in advance of their ability group and their years”.
 
The department is well resourced and members of staff are encouraged to use new technologies in their teaching including Promethean Interactive White Boards, mini laptops, Apps on IPad and Apple TV. We are a forward thinking department with a well-established and supportive team of experienced teachers, including a Spanish assistant who is deployed to boost pupils’ speaking skills across all key stages. Our language lessons focus on communication skills at the early stages and, as courses continue, we give equal weight to the four skills of reading, writing, speaking and listening.

Course materials are up-to-date, with colourful textbooks and audio-visual/ICT resources. Our students have access to various resources on Moodle (VLE system) and pupils are encouraged to use activities on www.linguascope.com and thisislanguage.com to promote fun-based learning both at home and in lessons. Our students also take part in various events to encourage and promote language learning such as visits to local universities, Spelling Bee competitions as well as conferences and language enrichments events to boost their linguistic skills. Furthermore, we participate in trips abroad to France and Spain, with students travelling to local countries on an annual basis.
 

All pupils are given the opportunity to study one MFL in order to prepare them for the challenges of work in a global community. All pupils in KS3 study Spanish. Year 7 pupils study Spanish 3 periods a week and in addition should spend 20 minutes per week on homework. Pupils in Years 8 and 9 continue with Spanish. They have 3 lessons per week. The following textbooks are used at KS3 Spanish: ¡Viva! 1, ¡Viva! 2, ¡Viva! 3 – Rojo and Verde.

Assessments are based on the most recent module covered, in line with the Scheme of Work. Each skill area is assessed over the course of the year under test conditions. However, Assessment for learning activities (AFL) as well as vocabulary and grammar tests also allow for assessment opportunities. Data analysis is used on a regular basis to ensure all pupils make expected or better than expected progress.

Some students in Year 8 receive 2 lessons per week of Spanish and 1 lesson of French and some students in Year 9 receive 2 lessons of Spanish and 2 lessons of French. We use the Studio range of resources and text books.

 

Pupils study GCSE Spanish in Years 10 and 11. We are following the new GCSE specification with all four skills, listening, speaking, reading and writing being assessed at the end of Year 11 (25% each skill). The Edexcel Specification is followed by all pupils. In KS4 pupils study 3 lessons per week of Spanish. All KS4 pupils are expected to spend up to 45 minutes per week on homework. There is also a French option group in Year 11. These students are studying both French and Spanish GCSE in their allocated MFL time. In Year 10 there is a French option group with 3 lessons of French per week. Pupils are individually tracked in order to achieve the correct level of progress and study in sets across each band.

The progress of all pupils is closely monitored on a regular basis and, if required, intervention sessions are offered to raise attainment and help pupils achieve their target grades. Assessment Overview: Unit 1 Listening Examination. Foundation Tier: 30 mins + 5 mins reading time. Higher Tier: 50 mins + 5 mins reading time. It represents 25%. Unit 2 Speaking represents 25%. It is internally conducted but externally assessed. Unit 3 Reading Examination: Foundation Tier: 45 minutes and Higher Tier: 60 minutes. It represents 25%. Unit 4 Writing. The exam is externally marked. Unit 4 represents 25%. The textbook used is GCSE ¡Viva! For Spanish and GCSE Studio for French. Online homework and self-study is available as part of the package for both French and Spanish.

 

In the Sixth Form, we offer A level Spanish and share teaching with Bellerive for A level French. For Spanish we currently follow the Edexcel Board Specification. All modules are linear and examinations are taken at the end of Year 13. Students have 5 lessons per week and are normally taught by more than one teacher.

Key stage 5 studies are delivered by fully qualified Spanish and French specialists as well as by native speakers. Students also receive an extra session of tuition with the language assistant and they are expected to spend five hours a week on set homework or researching the topics studied. In order to enhance cultural awareness and linguistic ability. Key stage 5 students are always encouraged to take part in trips to Spain and France.

The MFL course will develop language skills, cultural, international understanding, verbal and written communication coupled with analytical and research skills which can be applied at work or for leisure purposes.

Course content: A level courses enable students to gain an in-depth knowledge and understanding of French/ Spanish- speaking society through the study of a range of contemporary issues. In Year 12, students will study themes such as: The Evolution of French/Spanish society and the Culture of the French/Spanish speaking world. In Y13, the focus is on immigration and multiculturalism and a period of time in French/Spanish history, alongside the study of a film and/or a piece of literature.

 

Extra support is provided for pupils across all year groups from 7 to 13. This is monitored by class teachers and based on results from regular Data analysis. The department also provides support on a less formal basis for each key stage. Extra French and Spanish Booster sessions are offered after school as well as before school. The aim of these sessions is to support students in preparation for the requirements of GCSE examination and to help build their confidence and self-esteem. The department has run many school trips to France and Spain.