The MFL Department at Our Lady of Sion School is proud to be able to offer French, German and Spanish from Year 7 to A Level – being one of the few independent schools in the area offering three languages. We are committed to widening our students’ horizons by sharing our enthusiasm for foreign languages, countries and cultures within the context of high expectations and standards.
MFL is a very dynamic and proactive department which plays an important part in the school curriculum and we embrace technology as a powerful asset to making language learning more interesting, fun and relevant. The study of MFL gives our students a point of comparison with their own language at every possible stage, through word, sentence and text level work and by doing so, they gain a deeper awareness of how their own language. Language learners transfer skills (phonologic and phonemic awareness, thinking/processing skills, comprehension strategies, vocabulary acquisition, writing proficiency) from one language to another.
Key Stage 3 – Years 7 to 9
In Year 7, all three languages are compulsory whilst in Years 8 and 9, students must choose two languages to continue with. Students are taught in three teaching groups which are created according to their previous language experience and ability. Work and progress is also closely monitored on a weekly basis by setting differentiated tasks as well as vocabulary/grammar/translation tests every two weeks.
Key Stage 4 – Years 10 & 11
Students may choose to continue to GCSE with up to two of the three available languages and follow the AQA examination board criteria. For specific details on the subject content and assessments, please refer the AQA website as follows:
Key Stage 5 – Years 12 & 13
Students may choose to study up to two languages at A Level and internal assessment is in the form of topic related assignments, exam type papers and mock examinations. The external assessment is provided by the AQA examination board. For specific details on the subject content and assessments, please refer the AQA website as follows:
Trips and Language Exchanges
The MFL Department organises the following trips and Language Exchanges:
- Year 7 Trip to Boulogne, France.
- Year 10 Spanish Exchange to Granada with Colegio Ave María San Isidro.
- Year 11 German Exchange to Waldkirch with Realschule Kollnau.
- Year 12/13 Cinema Study Day in French German and Spanish to BFI, Southbank, London.
Extra-curricular activities and Revision sessions
The MFL Department organise various extra-curricular activities to help promote language and cultural awareness. Involving dressing up, food or quizzes, these include: European Day of Languages, Oktofest (with authentic Bavarian cuisine and costumes); a Year 7 Languages Christmas (involving carols in French, German and Spanish); and a German ‘Fasching’ carnival.
The Department also organises different lunch clubs to help students’ learning. For A Level students these sessions are held entirely in their chosen language and enable them to practice their language in a relaxed context. For Year 10 and 11 students, there are revision sessions to reinforce vocabulary learning with Language Assistants on hand for extra oral practice.
Promoting British values in MFL
How Fundamental British Values are promoted in MFL
Through our curriculum, our pastoral support, the whole school systems and structures, our inclusivity and our community engagement, we aim to encourage pupils to understand the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, and mutual respect and tolerance of people of all faiths, races and cultures. We aim for our students to understand that while different people may hold different views about what is ‘right’ and ‘wrong’, all people living in England are subject to its laws.