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The Marlborough Science Academy

Modern Foreign Languages

The curriculum we offer our students reflects the aims and aspirations we have for them. The Languages Faculty aims to produce confident, capable and articulate linguists who can work independently in their Speaking and Writing with a range of vocabulary, tenses and complex structures. Learning is themed around real world topics and issues which gradually introduces increasingly complex levels of language to stretch and challenge. Students are able to express opinions and offer justifications.

Many students at Key Stage 4 continue with French or Spanish. A small number will study both with the second language taught as a twilight group. Students are provided with a well-planned, challenging curriculum within which high expectations set the tone. We constantly encourage our students to express opinions and offer justifications.

Students are able to achieve and be successful in lessons and we celebrate these achievements of because learning a language is a great achievement.

Key Stage 3 Modern Foreign Languages

At Key Stage 3 French is the main language taught, with around 25% of students also studying Spanish. The Languages Faculty aims to produce confident, capable and articulate linguists who can work independently in their speaking and writing with a range of vocabulary, tenses and complex structures. Learning is themed around real world topics and issues which gradually introduces increasingly complex levels of language to stretch and challenge students. Our aim is to give students an insight into the culture of the language they are learning.

Students’ individual learning needs are met through a differentiated course both in print and interactive digital resources.

The course provides opportunities to improve the four main skill areas of listening, speaking, reading and writing with an emphasis on gradually mastering the grammar to ensure a smooth transition to Key Stage 4 so that they are ready to cope with the demands of GCSE learning.

In Year 7 the course is organised into 6 modules that are covered throughout the year:

  • Induction: introduction and revision of Key Stage 2 key learning (numbers, colours, dates, alphabet etc.)
  • C’est Perso (Myself)
  • Mon collège (School Life)
  • Mes Passetemps (My Free Time)
  • Ma Zone (My Local Area)
  • 3…2…1 Partez! (Holidays)

In Year 8 there are 2 courses, a foundation (vert) and higher (rouge). Students cover the same content across 6 modules, developing their grammatical skills and vocabulary using differentiated resources to ensure the needs of all students are met:

  • T’es branché? (Free Time)
  • Paris, je t’adore! (Holidays)
  • Mon Identité (Myself, Family and Friends)
  • Chez moi, chez toi (Celebrations)
  • Quel talent! (Future Plans)
  • Les Pays Francophones (French speaking countries around the world)