French & Spanish

For queries relating to MFL please contact Mr Jonathan Rutland: Jonathan.Rutland@wyeschool.org.uk

Modern Foreign Languages by Ms Nadine Savage

"As a young child I visited Spain and was fascinated by the language and culture. For me it was a natural progression to continue studying languages at A level and university. There are many cognitive benefits associated with learning another language and it can open up a whole new world to us through literature and travel. It allowed me to work many years overseas and helps us become global citizens."

Why Study Modern Foreign Languages?

Globalisation makes communication across national and cultural borders more important than ever. While many foreigners speak English, it is also true that, in the UK, business can be lost due to a lack of language skills and cultural understanding. It has been suggested that our European counterparts are happy to sell in our language, but they are more likely to buy in their own.

Just think: how exciting would it be to speak a language without having to think about every single word? This is our goal! If you are prepared to work steadily throughout the course you will be surprised and delighted by what you can achieve: a practical and lifelong skill.

Course Description

The Modern Languages Department is lively and exciting, running A level courses in French and Spanish and the MFL teachers are passionate about their subject and committed to transferring this enthusiasm to their students.

The 4 main topics for Spanish are:

  • Aspects of Hispanic society
  • Artistic culture in the Hispanic world
  • Multiculturalism in Hispanic society
  • Aspects of political life in Hispanic society

The 4 main topics for French are:

  • The changing nature of family
  • The cyber-society
  • Artistic culture in the French-speaking world
  • Aspects of political life in the French-speaking world

There will also be cultural topics in the form of books, plays or movies selected by your teachers and sometimes yourself. You will be given the opportunity to research in-depth a topic of your choice relating to the language you are studying which may focus on history, arts, culture, anywhere in the world that language is spoken, the world really is your oyster. You will present the findings of your research in the final speaking exam and be prepared to answer questions on it.

You will develop skills in listening, reading, writing, and speaking, as well as individual research and cultural knowledge about French speaking or Spanish speaking countries around the world.

Beyond A level

Some students go on to do degree courses in languages, often using the skills they have learnt at school to take up a new language like Arabic, Russian or Mandarin. Others pursue Higher Education courses in a vast range of subjects with a language option alongside their main specialism. Even if you choose not to continue with your language after school, with the increasing possibilities of global job mobility, an advanced knowledge of French or Spanish could be an asset to students of all subjects. If your future plans might involve living, working, or travelling abroad, a language course in the Sixth Form is an excellent step to achieving your future goals.

Entry Requirements

A minimum of grade 6 at GCSE in the language you wish to study is required, in order for you to be able to express your opinions freely on paper or verbally on the variety of topics studied. It is unlikely that students who have sat the Foundation Tier paper will have the depth and breadth of skills needed to thrive at A level languages.

Technical Details
Spanish
Exam Board AQA
Qualification Type A Level
Course Title Spanish
Specification Code Spanish 7692
  Number Duration Weighting of total A Level
External Exams (end of Year 13) 1 Listening, Reading & Writing 2hr 30min 50%
2 Writing 2hr 20%
3 Speaking 21 - 23mins 30%
Link https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/languages/as-and-a-level/spanish-7692
Technical Details
French
Exam Board AQA
Qualification Type A Level
Course Title French
Specification Code French 7652
  Number Duration Weighting of total A Level
External Exams (end of Year 13) 1 Listening, Reading & Writing 2hr 30min 50%
2 Writing 2hr 20%
3 Speaking 21 - 23mins 30%
Link https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/languages/as-and-a-level/french-7652