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 MFL

At Dukhan English School we offer our students the opportunity to study French as a Modern Foreign Language to provide them with an opening to other cultures in a rapidly changing world. This should foster student's curiosity and deepen their understanding of the world. The teaching should also enable them to express their ideas and thoughts in another language. Therefore, learning a foreign language prepares our children for life in a modern world where work and activities increasingly involve using languages. Languages are part of the cultural richness of our society and the world in which we live and work. They contribute to mutual understanding, a sense of global citizenship and personal fulfillment. This promotes the appreciation of different countries, cultures, communities and people.

Communicating in another language is a lifelong skill for education, employment, and leisure throughout the world.  Learning languages gives pupils opportunities to develop a variety of skills and express themselves with increasing confidence, independence and creativity.

Therefore, our aim is to help students:

DEEPEN their intercultural understanding,

BUILD vocabulary and communication skills,

UNDERSTAND and use language context to deduce meaning,

PRACTISE their skills in a stimulating and interactive way,

BOOST their confidence, accuracy and exams results, and

LOVE learning languages.

Syllabus

The GCSE Edexcel course in French encourages pupils to develop an understanding of the spoken and written forms of the language in a range of contexts. It allows pupils to develop the ability to communicate effectively in the target language using a range of vocabulary and structures. The course teaches pupils to understand the rules of grammar and be able to apply them. It also encourages them to discover countries and communities where these languages are spoken.

The topics covered in the GCSE are : Sport and Leisure, Media and Culture, Travel, Tourism and Business Work and Employment.

The aim to develop abilities in the four attainment targets are related directly to the specifications for GCSEs for MFL. These can be broken down into strands of MFL teaching.

Listening

Students can develop their understanding in a wide range of topics, factual and imaginative. Also they learn to work out the meaning of new words. 

Speaking

Students learn to talk fluently, confidently and spontaneously about many topics with a good pronunciation and intonation.

Reading

Students aim to understand texts about people's feeling, opinions, and points of view, as well as more factual information. They learn to make a less frequent use of the dictionary to deduce meaning when dealing with new and complex vocabulary.

Writing

Students learn to use a range of tenses, vocabulary and structures to make what they write as varied and interesting as possible.

PROGRESSION

We aim to help every student achieve the highest grade of which he or she is capable so that they become confident linguist in their future studies and working lives. We assess students on a regular basis and their progression is measured using GCSE grade descriptors.

EXAMINATION

The examination consists of four units, listening, speaking, reading  and writing. Speaking and writing are assessed internally by the teacher and then moderated by Edexcel. They can be taken at any time during the two year course. Listening and reading skills are assessed by Edexcel at the end of Year 11.

CAREERS

Knowing Modern Languages offers job opportunities in an array of areas such as Teaching, Diplomacy, Import/Export Sales, Hotel Management, Engineering, Banking, Journalism, Broadcasting, Travel and Marketing.