Curriculum Leader: Mr B Mitchinson
Mrs C Farren
Mr H Jacks
Languages open careers across global industries, the government is promoting the teaching of languages to support British commerce. In Merseyside languages are valued by more affluent families but can be undervalued by lower income families who do not see their potential. SFX has a strong school history rich in languages, pupils are sent here with an understanding that French and Spanish will be taught.
The MFL department at SFX strives to ensure that all students in our learning environments can access languages and find them engaging.
Our MFL Curriculum at St Francis Xavier’s College is designed around the context of our students – Year 11 students in Merseyside achieve lower in MFL qualifications compared to the national average.
We must close this gap in MFL learning for future Xaverians.
Our Xaverians will learn to love languages through the carefully designed sequencing, ensuring that they can communicate in spoken and written form about topics such as home life, school and leisure activities as well as enhancing their cultural capital.
Strong relationships are important to our staff who teach engaging lessons that promote progression for all.
A Xaverian linguist will:
– become a global citizen with appreciation of other cultures and understand the value of language learning
– be able to communicate verbally and in written form about their lives and interests
– understand listening and reading passages in the target language
– feel a passion for languages and continue as a linguist into their adult lives.
The MFL department offers French, German and Spanish. There are dedicated specialist teachers for each strand from Year 7 onwards. There are 4 teachers who offer French and Spanish at KS3 and 3 can teach to KS3 in Spanish and 2 can teach to KS4 in French. German is offered by 2 teachers as an extra GCSE from 2022 as an ab initio in year 10.
MFL teachers ensure that students are consistently and constantly given feedback throughout lessons, peer and self-assessed work effectively, and students hit a high standard through all written, practical and speaking assessments Assessments are formative end-of-topic tests to ensure progress and close any gaps upon reflection, and summative assessments that test both their current learning and their prior learning.
The impact of our curriculum is that we set up our students to become competent linguists, as well as ensuring that those who do not wish to continue have enough knowledge to communicate using their languages on a social level.
French breakfasts/ Spanish tapas
Languages in the Community with York University
Importance of Languages/ careers by Lancaster University
Cultural events integrated into lessons like World Cup, Eurovision and Euros
Ensuring homework is completed, can be checked via Classcharts
Talking about language lessons at home
Encourage pupils to teach their parents something from the lesson how to say I like……
Encouraging your child to see the benefits of speaking other languages
Revision guides and workbooks
Visits to France and Spain
Netflix shows such as Lupin, Casa de papel,
French Films, les choristes, Amélie, Cages aux folles, Les Intouchables,Adu, le petit nicholas
Spanish films, la Misma Luna,Coco, Laberintho del Fauno
KS3 CGP Revision Guides
KS4/5 el pais, le monde apps
Blooket, Quizlet, Memrise, Seneca, Languagesonline, Languagenut, Kahoot, I Jour, 1 Actu, AQA website pastpapers, https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize, Youtube, Spotify