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Reading Girls' School

Reading Girls' School

Modern Foreign Languages

Teacher in Charge of MFL: Mrs N Warren

Introduction to course

Students study either French or Spanish at Key Stage 3 with the option of furthering their studies at GCSE.

Syllabus content at KS3

In year 7, pupils start work at level 1 by learning to ask and answer simple questions about themselves in French or Spanish. Topics covered include:

  • Introducing myself
  • My family
  • Personality
  • School
  • Leisure
  • Holidays

They start to explore the rules for pronunciation, spelling and grammar. 

In Year 8, they build on their knowledge from Year 7 and explore the following:

  • Other French/Spanish speaking countries
  • Where I live and things to do in ntown4
  • Transport
  • Food and drink
  • Describing others

They continue to learn more about grammar, especially verb conjugation and different tenses.

In Year 9, pupils start to study the GCSE syllabus to prepare them for the option of taking French/Spanish. Students revisit the following topics in much more detail:

  • Me, my family and friends
  • My house and my town
  • My studies
  • Free time - music, cinema and TV
  • Healthy living
  • Festivals and customs

Students start to cover more complex grammar points, such as the conditional and proper future tenses. They will start to translate from French/Spanish into English and vice versa and develop their spontaneous speaking on all topics.


Introduction to the couse

Students may study French and/or Spanish in Key Stage 4 as a full GCSE. All students will follow the AQA GCSE syllabus in which the four skills of Listening 25%, Speaking 25%, Reading 25% and Writing 25% are equally weighted. All skills are examined at the end of the two year course, with students either taking Foundation papers (grades 1-5) or Higher papers (grades 4-9).

Typical lesson activities

These may include:

  • Listening to – audio files and understanding specific points
  • Speaking – giving information and seeking clarification, pair work to develop questioning and answering in a foreign language.
  • Reading – understanding a variety of texts, for instance leaflets or advertisements
  • Writing a variety of texts e.g. emails, brochures, short narratives


Learning a language addresses all aspects of the countries, and continents in which the language is spoken. Understanding of spiritual, moral, ethical and social issues is developed through contexts and topics such as: greetings and introductions, local area and environment, countries and cultures and health and fitness.

Understanding of economic issues is developed through the following contexts and topics: learning the time, understanding currencies and planning a holiday. Understanding of cultural issues is developed through the study of all contexts and topics. Studying a Modern Foreign Language can increase opportunities in higher education and improve career prospects at home and abroad.