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Modern Foreign Language - KS4


All pupils at Broadgreen International School have the opportunity to study a language at GCSE level. For our pupils who follow the Yellow Pathway, it is compulsory that these pupils sit a GCSE examination in either French or Spanish. Pupils following other pathways are given the option in Year 9.

The GCSE programme begins at the start of Year 10 and lasts for two years. Pupils have three hours of language learning in Year 10 and two hours in Year 11. We follow the AQA specification for both French and Spanish.  Currently, pupils complete 2 written and 2 oral Controlled Assessments during Years 10 + 11.  These tasks are completed under exam conditions and together are worth 60% of the GCSE.  In May of Year 11, pupils sit a reading exam (worth 20%) and a listening exam (worth 20%). 

MFL GCSE                  

Following a GCSE course in French or Spanish should encourage students to derive enjoyment and benefit from language learning. Learners should recognise that their linguistic knowledge, understanding and skills help them to take their place in a multilingual global society and also provide them with a suitable basis for further study and practical use of the language. The GCSE should prepare learners to make informed decisions about further learning opportunities and career choices.

The GCSE specification in French and Spanish will enable learners to:

develop understanding of the language in a variety of contexts
develop knowledge of the language and language learning skills
develop the ability to communicate effectively in the language

Pupils will be required to:

listen and respond to different types of language
communicate in speech for a variety of purpose
read and respond to different types of written language
communicate in writing for a variety of purposes
use and understand a range of vocabulary and structures
understand and apply the grammar of the language

The content that will be studied will cover the following broad contexts:

Home and Environment
Work and Education

Pupils should be able to use language for the following purposes:

to say which languages they speak and how well
to greet and address someone appropriately in the language
to state whether or not something is understood
to ask for something to be repeated
to spell and to ask how something is spelt
to ask what things are called in the target language
to ask someone to speak more slowly
to ask for explanation, clarification and help
to make apologies
to ask if something is correct
to initiate a conversation
to express agreement or disagreement
to state preferences and give reasons
to ask permission to do things
to complain
to ask for and offer help
to give and seek opinions

Within the broad contexts, the following areas will be included.


Healthy and unhealthy lifestyles and their consequences

Relationships and Choices

Relationships with family and friends
Future plans regarding: marriage/partnership
Social issues and equality

Free Time and the Media

Free time activities
Shopping, money, fashion and trends
Advantages and disadvantages of new technology


Plans, preferences, experiences
What to see and getting around
Home and Environment

Home and Local Area

Special occasions celebrated in the home
Home, town, neighbourhood and region, where it is and what it is like


Current problems facing the planet
Being environmentally friendly within the home and local area

Work and Education

School/College and Future Plans
What school/college is like
Pressures and problems

Current and Future Jobs

Looking for and getting a job
Advantages and disadvantages of different jobs

Unit 1: Listening (20%)
Foundation 30 minutes
Higher 40 minutes

Unit 2: Reading (20%)
Foundation 30 minutes
Higher 50 minutes

Unit 3: Speaking (30%)
Controlled Assessment (untiered)
2 speaking tasks from different contexts

Unit 4: Writing (30%)
Controlled Assessment (untiered)
2 written tasks from different contexts


Faculty Members
Miss J Bayton (Curriculum Leader for French & Spanish)
Mrs D Brophy
Mrs C Davenport
Ms R Frazer
Mrs M Hedges
Ms M Hargaden
Mrs M Hedges
Mr R Morton

Currently on maternity leave:
Ms C Malone
Ms S Doris
Ms Z Loftus