The Modern Foreign Languages faculty at Lord Derby Academy believe that learning a foreign language provides a social, cultural and educational experience for our pupils. Not least among our aims is a desire to foster within our students a love of learning Languages and culture in both Spanish and French.
We encourage our pupils to express their ideas and thoughts in another language and to understand and respond to speakers, both in speech and in writing.
The curriculum is also designed to teach acceptance and engagement with the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.
In KS3, we encourage our pupils to learn two languages in order to enrich their quality of education and raise aspiration. During pupils’ option process in yr.9 we strive to encourage our dual linguists to continue to study both Spanish and French to GCSE.
Pupils study French and Spanish at GCSE. For further information on the MFL Options 2019-2021, please click here.
For details of the Secondary Assessment Overview, please click here.
Pupils in MFL engage with PAL (Practise/Additional/Learning) homework on a weekly basis.
In KS4 pupils are provided with individualised differentiated homework which focuses on skills needed in the examination in Yr.11
Enrichment is offered in MFL through a variety of pathways:
Mrs L Holme: Head of Department, Lead of Higher Achievers / NACE AQA Examiner
Miss L Crookes: Deputy Leader MFL
Mrs J Arnold: Deputy Headteacher, Director of Pupil Premium / Classroom Teacher MFL
Mrs J Ellis: Assistant Headteacher, Director of KS3 / Classroom Teacher MFL
Mrs C. Cottaz: Classroom Teacher MFL
Mrs E. Jamieson: Classroom Teacher MFL
Miss S. Kellner: Classroom Teacher MFL
24th September 2018 – European week of Languages
26th September 2018 – Yr.11 MFL motivational speaker – Paul Hughes
2nd November 2018 – Celebration of “El día de los muertos”
10th December 2018 – Final of the Yr.7 MFL Spelling Bee
21st January 2019– Primary School Spelling Bee, at Lord Derby Academy
7th February -10th February 2019 – Cultural French trip to the Opal Coast
12th July 2019 – Bastille Day celebrations
Pupils are encouraged to use our ICT facilities within the department to consolidate vocabulary and grammatical knowledge. The MFL department provides pupils with access to the following websites:
www.memrise.com Pupils are provided with a log in and password to compete with other pupils in the year group. Teachers can oversee the amount of time and topics covered by the pupils.
www.wordreference.com We encourage our pupils to use this site and avoid online translations to contextualise vocabulary and widen their understanding of colloquial language.
www.activelearn.com This site has a range of activities to encompass listening, reading, writing and verb conjugation. Teachers can set additional tasks as homework or during intervention sessions.