Modern Foreign Languages (MFL) and English as an Additional Language (EAL) International Department
To see the value in learning and speaking foreign languages; to develop an appreciation of cultures other than our own; to enjoy challenging ourselves to be the best linguist we can be; to engender a curiosity about the beauty of language.
The following principles underpin this vision:
Department staff and responsibilities
Mr G Calwell – Head of MFL, MFL teacher, Assistant Headteacher
Mr C Leonard – MFL teacher
Miss E O’Donovan – Teaching & Learning Coordinator MFL
Mrs A Turner – MFL teacher
Miss K Helm – MFL teacher
Miss I Parr – EAL Teacher Assistant
Miss J Perez – Raboso – EAL Teacher Assistant
Linked Governor – Councillor Charles Rigby
Key stage 3
At Bedford, we offer year 6 students the choice to study French or Spanish so that they have the opportunity to build on the knowledge and skills they have acquired at Primary School. It has not always been possible to offer both French and Spanish as the overwhelming majority in recent years have opted to study Spanish. The curriculum we offer puts the learning in contexts that are more relevant and interesting to our young learners. Students will be assessed regularly and rigorously. There are five skills that are assessed in MFL; listening, reading, writing and translation and speaking.
Year 7 topics;
It is our priority in the first term of Yr. 7 to ensure that all students can pronounce the language accurately. We will use our Phonetics scheme of learning to support this. We believe that by giving the students the skills to pronounce the language with accuracy the students will be able to:
Further topics studied: Introducing myself, describing my family, other nationalities, my school, my likes and dislikes and my area.
Year 8 topics;
Year 7 revision, home and area, meal-times, transport, holidays, cultural differences, the media, the present, past and future tense and free time.
Year 9 topics;
Year 8 revision, discussing future plans and career opportunities. Hispanic speaking countries, cultural differences and festivities. A 12-week project based on the Hispanic speaking world.
Key stage 4
At the end of year 9 students decide whether they wish to continue their MFL studies to GCSE.
Year 10 and year 11, GCSE themes 1 – 3:
Theme 1: Identity and Culture
Unit 1 Me, my family and friends
Unit 2 Technology and every-day life
Unit 3 Free-time activities
Unit 4 Customs and festivals
Theme 2: Local, national, international and global areas of interest
Unit 5 Home, town, neighbourhood and region
Unit 6 Social issues
Unit 7 Global issues
Unit 8 Travel and tourism
Theme 3: Current and future study and employment
Unit 9 My studies
Unit 10 Life at school and college
Unit 11 Education post-16 Unit 12 Jobs, career choices and ambitions