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MFL

Our Vision at Corporation Road

MFL prepares individuals to participate in a world that is in a stage of transition with regards to communication. Foreign languages are now used more in many areas of life than ever before but most predominantly in the workplace. Due to the rise of international commerce and strengthened relationships, the knowledge and understanding of a Modern Foreign Language is most definitely a considerable advantage in modern society. The choice of which language to teach is only a small part of it because the lifelong language learning skills that the children will be encouraged to develop as well as the cultural understanding and thought-provoking lessons that will occur are incredibly important. A culmination of these factors will equip children with skills that will enable them to access other languages in the future and improve their competence in an existing language. Increased exposure to the learning of languages promotes and encourages initiative, confidence, independent learning and diversity in society but most of all it provides children with a vantage point in the world.

DomainsKey Concepts
Reading Writing Speaking and ListeningOracy, Literacy and Language Learning Styles
Knowledge and UnderstandingIntercultural Understanding and Knowledge about Language

End Points of the MFL Map

Reading Writing Speaking and Listening

Children will have developed their speaking and listening skills in Spanish as well their reading and writing skills. Children will have the foundations to continue learning a language for their future studies. Children will have developed their learning skills by participating in a variety of lessons and activities.

Knowledge and Understanding

Children will have fostered an interest in learning another language after participating in a variety of enjoyable lessons. Through exploring other cultures, children will have developed a deeper understanding of their own.

National Curriculum

Pupils should be taught to:

  • listen attentively to spoken language and show understanding by joining in and responding
  • explore the patterns and sounds of language through songs and rhymes and link the spelling, sound and meaning of words
  • engage in conversations; ask and answer questions; express opinions and respond to those of others; seek clarification and help*
  • speak in sentences, using familiar vocabulary, phrases and basic language structures
  • develop accurate pronunciation and intonation so that others understand when they are reading aloud or using familiar words and phrases*
  • present ideas and information orally to a range of audiences*
  • read carefully and show understanding of words, phrases and simple writing
  • appreciate stories, songs, poems and rhymes in the language
  • broaden their vocabulary and develop their ability to understand new words that are introduced into familiar written material, including through using a dictionary
  • write phrases from memory, and adapt these to create new sentences, to express ideas clearly
  • describe people, places, things and actions orally* and in writing
  • understand basic grammar appropriate to the language being studied, including (where relevant): feminine, masculine and neuter forms and the conjugation of high-frequency verbs; key features and patterns of the language; how to apply these, for instance, to build sentences; and how these differ from or are similar to English
Reading, Writing, Speaking & Listening First Year

Oracy

  • Listen and respond to simple rhymes, stories and songs.
  • Recognise and respond to sound patterns and words.
  • Perform simple communicative tasks using single words (recall and retain new vocabulary)
  • Listen attentively and understand everyday words.

Literacy

  • Recognise some familiar words in written form.
  • Read aloud familiar words.
  • Experiment with the writing of simple words.

Language Learning Styles

  • Practise new language with a friend.
  • Use actions to aid memorisation.
  • Look at the face of the person speaking and listen attentively.
  • Use gestures to show they understand.
  • Recognise words which the teacher mouths silently.
  • Compare the language with English.
  • Experiment with the writing of simple words.
  • Use the context of what they see/read to determine some of the meaning.
  • Play games to aid memorisation.
  • Write new words.
  • Use gestures to show they understand.
Reading, Writing, Speaking & Listening Second Year

Oracy

  • Memorise and present a short, spoken text
  • Listen for specific words and phrases.
  • Listen for sounds, rhymes and rhythm.
  • Ask and answer questions.

Literacy

  • Read and understand a range of familiar written phrases.
  • Follow a short familiar text, listening and reading at the same time.
  • Follow a short, familiar text, identifying common spelling patterns in letter strings; use physical response to show understanding of specific words.
  • Read some familiar words aloud and pronounce them accurately.
  • Write simple words and phrases using a model and some words from memory.

Language Learning Styles

  • Use mental associations to help remember words.
  • Use a dictionary to look up spellings.
  • Read and memorise words.-Use context and previous knowledge to determine meaning and pronunciation.
  • Practise new language with a friend.
  • Apply simple grammatical knowledge to experiment with writing.
Knowledge and Understanding First Year

Knowledge and Language

  • Recognise conventions of politeness.
  • Imitate pronunciation of sounds.
  • Recognise how sounds are represented in written form.
  • Recognise that languages describe familiar things differently.
  • Identify specific sounds, phonemes and words.
  • Hear main word classes.
  • Recognise question forms and negatives.

Intercultural Understanding

  • Locate country/countries where the language is spoken.
  • Identify social conventions in other cultures.
  • Make direct or indirect contact with the country/countries where the language is spoken.
Knowledge and Understanding Second Year

Knowledge about Language

  • Identify a different writing system.
  • Use question forms.
  • Apply phonic knowledge of the language to support reading and writing.
  • Reinforce and extend recognition of word classes.
  • Recognise and apply simple agreements.
  • Recognise and apply simple agreements, singular and plural.

Intercultural Understanding

  • Compare traditional stories.
  • Learn about festivals and celebrations in different cultures
  • Identify similarities and differences.

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