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We are delighted to be able to offer three languages: French, German and Spanish to GCSE and A Level at the Minster School. The study of a Modern Foreign Language is essential to help you understand and appreciate different countries, cultures, people and communities.

Furthermore, it will allow you to develop the skills needed to use and understand the language. Additionally the languages studied lay the foundations for future study of other languages and enable you to reflect on your own native language.

Staff

Mr N Brown
Curriculum Team Leader for MFL
n.brown@minster.notts.sch.uk
Miss A Walter
Assistant Curriculum Team Leader for MFL
a.walter@minster.notts.sch.uk
Dr K Zindler
Assistant Curriculum Team Leader for MFL
k.zindler@minster.notts.sch.uk

Curriculum

KS3

During KS3, students explore topics such as family, friends, free time and school. The focus is on understanding and communicating in the target language and translation.

In Year 7, students attend 5 lessons of Spanish per fortnight. In Year 8, students attend 4 lessons of Spanish per fortnight and have the opportunity to attend 4 lessons of French or German per fortnight. In Year 9, students have the opportunity to continue with one or both of the languages they have studied in Year 8 and attend 6 hours per fortnight.

KS4

At GCSE level, students attend 4-5 lessons per fortnight.

Board and Specification

AQA GCSE French – 9-1 New Specification
AQA GCSE German – 9-1 New Specification
AQA GCSE Spanish – 9-1 New Specification

During KS4, we explore topics in more depth. The focus is on understanding and communicating in the target language at a higher level and translation.

Assessment Components

Completed in May-June in Year 11

Linear exams at the end of the course assessing students in all four skills.

Listening (Written Examination) 25%
Writing (Written Examination) 25%
Reading (Written Examination) 25%
Speaking (Written Examination) 25%

Recommended Study Aids

  1. Vocabulary booklets for KS3 and KS4 (issued to all year groups)
  2. ActiveLearn - a website that the school subscribes to that is linked to the course books that we use, to practise listening, reading and grammar. For KS3 and KS4 (students will be issued with a username and password)
  3. Grammar and Translation workbook for KS4 (students may purchase this at a reduced cost from the department)