The MFL Department is a very successful department with excellent exam results. Languages (French / Spanish) is a popular choice for boys when picking their GCSE options. The Department is committed to the teaching of languages in order that our boys will be equipped with the skills and ideology needed to live and succeed in a multicultural and international society. Learning a language is even more important now as the UK is in the process of exiting the EU and will have to renegotiate trade and relations at all levels not only between its close neighbours but also with the rest of the world. In an increasingly competitive job market, our students will need to earn their place alongside highly skilled workers from abroad who all have English as a second language. We firmly believe that, in the 21st century, it is no longer acceptable or practical to be monolingual.

We aim to enthuse our students for languages through stimulating and challenging lessons delivered through a wide variety of teaching and learning styles, which we are continually seeking to develop. Emphasis is placed on the spoken language and building up students’ confidence to enable them to use and enjoy using the foreign language. We aim at developing our approach to the improvement of communication, social and grammatical skills which are essential if our students are to leave Enfield Grammar with the confidence to manipulate the written and spoken word for their own pleasure and purpose in the future.

The school ethos and the motto of “Tant Que Je Puis” exists to enable the boys to achieve the best they can therefore, our students have the opportunity of learning at least one foreign language, regardless of academic ability. There are also various clubs (French, Spanish or German) for students to attend. The teaching of foreign languages offers endless opportunities for cross-curricular links and the employment of diverse teaching methods to cater for the learning needs of all students.

A range of trips are offered, both day trip and residential visits that support and reinforce the work undertaken in the classroom. The teachers in the MFL have experienced for themselves the benefits of language learning and foreign travel. We endeavour through our teaching to broaden our students’ horizons and raise their own expectations. We firmly believe that a greater understanding of other countries and cultures can breed tolerance, empathy, adaptability and consideration for others, as well as a willingness to overcome communication barriers.

 

Key Stage 3

The department has written its own schemes of learning to cover a wide range of topics, incorporating the 4 skills (Speaking, Reading, Writing and Listening).

Year 7

  • Phonics, alphabet, greetings and numbers
  • Introducing oneself, family, friends, pets, where you live
  • Talking about school and school life
  • Talking about food and drinks
  • Talking about hobbies, technology and sporting activities
  • Talking about places in town

Year 8

  • Talking about media and social media
  • Talking about holiday and travel
  • Talking about house & home
  • Talking about shopping for clothes and food
  • Talking about events & festivals

Year 9

GCSE Theme 1: Identity and culture

  • Me, my family & friends (relationships with family/friends, marriage/partnerships)
  • Technology in everyday life (social media, mobile technology
  • Free time activities (music, cinema and TV, food and eating out, sport)

 

Key Stage 4

We follow AQA GCSE specification. Students are assessed on 4 papers at the end of the 2 year course. All students have covered the 3 themes in Year 7 & 8 but start studying in depth from Year 9. Structure of assessment (25%) for each;

  • Paper 1: Listening
  • Paper 2: Speaking
  • Paper 3: Reading
  • Paper 4: Writing

Year 10

GCSE Theme 1: Identity and culture

  • Customs and festivals in French/Spanish speaking countries/communities

GCSE Theme 2: Local, national, international and global areas of interest

  • Home, town, neighbourhood and region, community projects
  • Travel and tourism

Year 11

GCSE Theme 3: Current and future study and employment

  • Life at school / college
  • Education post-16 , jobs, career choices and ambitions

GCSE Theme 2: Local, national, international and global areas of interest

  • Social issues (charity / voluntary work / healthy/unhealthy living)
  • Global issues (the environment / poverty / homelessness)

Further information: AQA GCSE French (8658)

 

Key Stage 5 – 6th Form

We follow the AQA A Level specification.  This assesses the students with 3 exam papers;

  • Paper 1 – Listening, reading, writing (40%)
  • Paper 2 – Essay Writing (30%)
  • Paper 3 – Speaking (30%)

Year 12

  • Social issues and trends: Aspects of society – The changing nature of family  / The ‘cyber-society’  / The place of voluntary work
  • Artistic culture: Heritage, culture & tourism / Music & Cinema
  • Aspects of political life: Teenagers, the right to vote and political commitment /Demonstrations, strikes /Politics and immigration

Year 13

  • Aspects of society, current issues: Positive features of a diverse society / Life for the marginalised / How criminals are treated
  • Literary text and films: Students must study either one text or one film from a list set by the exam board (studied over 2 years)
  • Individual research project: Students identify a subject or a key question which is of interest to them and which relates to a country or countries where the language is spoken. They present and discuss their research and findings in the speaking assessment

Further information: AQA A Level French (7652)