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MFL: Spanish

MFL: Spanish

Language learning is a lifelong skill and at Ashington Academy, the modern foreign languages department are committed to giving our students the opportunity to broaden horizons and experience life and culture beyond the classroom.

Our enthusiasm and joy for the subject is communicated to students using a variety of successful teaching methods, which not only develop the essential communicative skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing in a foreign language, but also resilience, independence, confidence and problem-solving.

Students can participate in study trips to the cinema, experience foreign language visits and taste the different flavours of the world in which we live. Lessons are filled with a range of engaging activities to give students the capabilities to communicate in the foreign language.

75% of the world does not speak English. Learning at least one foreign language gives you an advantage in the workplace, boosts your brain power and broadens your horizons. Past students who have continued with languages are now dotted around the globe, making real use of the skills they learned with us.

Year 8

Learning outcomes

Students will start to learn the basics of the Spanish language in order to be able to converse simply in Spanish. Throughout the topics of Year 8, students will be introduced to opinions and references to past, present and future time frames. All four skills of language learning will be covered; listening, speaking, reading and writing. At appropriate times across the year, students will have the opportunity to study key culture events happening in Hispanic countries in order to broaden their understanding of the Spanish-speaking world.

Topics taught

  • Introductions
  • Self and Family
  • Numbers and Dates
  • Descriptions
  • Free Time
  • School
  • Food and Drink
  • Holidays

Year 9

Learning outcomes

Students will embark on the AQA GCSE Spanish course and will further explore and understand the grammatical rules governing the Spanish language. Practice and reinforcement of language and time frames across the four skills’ areas of speaking, listening, reading and writing will give students the confidence to approach exam questions across the four papers.

Topics taught

  • Me, My family and friends
  • Technology in everyday life
  • Free-Time Activities
  • Customs and Festivals

Year 10

Learning outcomes

Students will continue the AQA GCSE Spanish course and perfect their communication skills. Practice and reinforcement of key vocabulary and grammatical structures will enable students to communicate across past, present and future time frames and practise their aural and written comprehension skills.

Topics taught

  • Home, Town, Neighbourhood and Region
  • Social Issues
  • Global Issues
  • Travel and Tourism

Year 11

Learning outcomes

Students in Year 11 will cover the last theme of the AQA GCSE Spanish course. They will extensively practise their comprehension and production in the skills in order to give confident responses across the topic areas of the GCSE course. Emphasis will be placed on examinations skills, vocabulary learning and revision techniques from across all sections of the GCSE course.

Topics taught

  • My Studies: Life at school and college
  • Education post-16, Jobs, career choices and ambitions
I chose to follow a GCSE languages course as I've always wanted to speak a different language. The lessons I've had so far have been amazing and I'm looking forward to my next two years. Languages really inspire me.
Year 9 student

What's been happening in the MFL department recently?

An exciting annual event for the MFL department is the foreign languages trip. We have previously arranged visits to Paris and Barcelona. These successful and highly popular trips are led by Miss Herrema. Most recently, our Key Stage 3 students enjoyed a visit to Paris, taking in the famous and breathtaking sights of the Eiffel Tower, Sacré-Coeur and Notre-Dame. Crêpe-making and food tasting was also on the agenda. We look forward to our next trip in June.

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If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart.
Nelson Mandela