Ms M. Alu – Faculty Leader in MFL
Ms A. Koziel - Teacher of French
French is the language currently taught at Ormiston Sandwell Community Academy, and it is a compulsory subject at KS3. Students are then encouraged to continue studying French at GCSE level in Year 10 and Year 11.
At OSCA, our aim is to accompany and guide our students in becoming confident, curious, ambitious, and open-minded learners. We believe that studying a foreign language goes beyond learning the language, and that it serves a cultural purpose as it exposes students to a multitude of cultures, therefore promoting global citizenship. It also underpins our school’s values of Opportunity, Scholarship, Compassion and Aspiration. Mirroring Sandwell Vision 2030 number one’s ambition, we trust that young people, whatever their background, should be given all the necessary tools and skills they need to aspire in becoming the best version of themselves and becoming whoever they aspire to be in the future. Being able to communicate in several languages will also ensure that our students are put at an advantage later in their professional life.
Further reading on the importance of learning a foreign language can be found here:
We aim to fulfil the requirements of the National Curriculum for MFL whilst creating linguists who will have the opportunity to deepen their understanding of the wider world in their MFL lessons. The focus of the MFL department is on developing ability to communicate in French, so that our students are able to express their ideas and thoughts in another language, both orally and in writing, using the language confidently, independently and creatively. Teaching will also provide opportunities for them to communicate for practical purposes, learn new ways of thinking and read great literature in the original language.
The MFL department has inspired its curriculum following the Pearson Edexcel Dynamo textbooks at KS3, and Studio GCSE textbook at KS4, and uses a wide range of resources to deliver it, including new technology, textbooks, and websites to help ensure pupils develop the skills and knowledge they need to become independent language learners. We also diversify our strategies for teaching by implementing NCELP and Gianfranco Conti pedagogies in our curriculum. We also use authentic resources to offer authenticity to the MFL learning experience. Study of foreign language films, music, YouTube videos and texts are all commonplace in the MFL classroom.
There are opportunities for students to engage in exciting real-life situations, and the department offers extra-curricular activities designed to extend students’ language skills and enrich their knowledge of French culture. As a department, we offer a broad range of opportunities beyond lessons. For example, participation in events such as the European Day of Languages and the Francophonie Day; or in becoming one of our French Ambassadors. Furthermore, all our students benefit from an educational visit to France, which being cross-curricular in nature, offers an experience which is not only linguistic, but which supports and promotes many other areas of the curriculum.
Students will be rewarded with stars, as part of our MFL reward system, and House Achievement points for excellent work, participation, and homework completion.
Homework will consist in learning vocabulary off by heart. Students are also expected to complete listening, reading and grammar tasks on a website called Languagenut.com.
You will be sent a vocabulary booklet at the beginning of the year via email.
You will be given a unit of words to learn per week, and to check this learning there will be a short vocabulary test done in lesson when the homework is due. The expectation is that you get at least half the marks.
The MFL department will be running the following intervention to support your learning:
- Homework support: Friday 8am
- Y11: Support after school on Thursdays
Useful links to support progress in French
BBC Bitesize: new link https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/subjects/z9dqxnb
languagesonline.org.uk: new link https://www.languagesonline.org.uk/Hotpotatoes/frenchindex.html
Youtube Channel: Easy Languages
GCSE in other languages
As a department we also endeavour to offer our EAL students to sit the GCSE in their native language. The languages we can currently cater for are: Polish, Russian, Persian, Chinese, German, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Dutch, Arabic, Greek, Urdu and Panjabi.