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Studying a language is an exciting adventure.

Subject Leader: Mr Simone (

Key Stage 3

Year 7

Studying a language is an exciting adventure!

In year 7 students at The Thomas Aveling School will be learning either Italian, French or Spanish. Unless students have a valid reason to learn a particular language, they will be allocated to one these languages randomly.

In Year 7 students will learn how to:

  • introduce themselves in the target language
  • Count up to 100
  • name school items
  • talk about school subjects and timetable
  • talk about hobbies
  • say where they live
  • order in a café
  • talk about pets
  • use adjectives and conjugate key verbs in the present tense such as to have and to be.
  • use a bilingual dictionary.
  • express likes and dislikes and justify their opinions.

Year 8

In year 8, students can choose to carry on studying that language at GCSE from year 9.

There are several reasons why learning a language makes a difference to your education and the opportunities you will have in your life. For example:

  • Learning a language is fun.
  • It increases your awareness of other people and their cultures.
  • Knowing another language significantly improves your vocabulary, grammar and spelling in English.

Visit the following site for more inspiration, advice and activities on the value of learning languages:

We are committed to make your learning of Italian, French and Spanish creative, while helping you develop the four skills of listening, reading, speaking and writing. Moreover, we aim at giving you the opportunity of having a first-hand experience of the Spanish, Italian and French cultures through educational visits and the use of authentic resources.

In Year 8 students will learn how to:

  • talk about holidays
  • talk about TV and movies
  • talk about new technologies
  • say what you can do in your town
  • talk about your personality, music and clothes
  • describe your home
  • conjugate key verbs in the present, past and future tense. Expressing opinions and justify them.
  • use modal verbs and prepositions.
  • use prepositions.
  • use adjectives agreement.

Key Stage 4

The New GCSE MFL Curriculum is composed of three main Themes:

Theme 1: Identity & Culture

Theme 2: Local, national, international and global areas of interest

Theme 3 : Current & future study & employment

In Year 11 students will have to take four exams and will be tested on Speaking, Writing, Reading and Listening kills.

GCSE MFL has a Foundation Tier (grades 1–5) and a Higher Tier (grades 4–9). Students must take all four-question papers at the same tier.

In summary, the focus of the new GCSE MFL Curriculum will be on introducing:

  • A stronger emphasis on culture and identity.
  • Much more emphasis on independence and interaction in all skills.
  • Stronger communication based on a deeper understanding of how language works (activating grammatical knowledge and understanding).
  • A greater focus on spontaneous talk and the inclusion of repair strategies as a skill.
  • Wider and richer sources for listening and reading, including literary texts.


Understanding and responding to different types of spoken language 35 minutes (Foundation Tier), 45 minutes (Higher Tier)


Understanding and responding to different types of written language 45 minutes (Foundation Tier), 1 hour (Higher Tier)


The speaking exam consists of three parts:

  1. role-play
  2. photo card
  3. General conversation

7–9 minutes (Foundation Tier) + preparation time 10–12 minutes (Higher Tier) + preparation time


Communicating effectively in writing for a variety of purposes

Foundation Tier question paper

Question 1 – four short sentences in response to a photo

Question 2 – short text of approx. 40 words in response to four compulsory short bullet points in target language.

Question 3 – Translation from English (sentences) into target language (35-40 words)

Question 4 – Structured writing task - student response to four compulsory bullet points, producing approx. 90 words in total – there will be a choice from two questions

Higher Tier question paper

Question 1 – Structured writing task. Student responds to four compulsory bullet points, producing approx. 90 words in total - there will be a choice from two questions

Question 2 – Open-ended writing task (student responds to two open-ended compulsory bullet points, producing approx. 150 words in total) – there will be a choice from two questions

Question 3 – Translation from English (short passage) into target language (50-55 words)

The weighting for the four skills (listening, speaking, reading and writing) will be 25% each.

What students will be learning

Year 9

  • Talking about friends and what makes a good friend
  • Family and relationships
  • Making arrangements to go out
  • Describing a role model
  • Talking about sport
  • Talking about technology
  • Discussing reading habits and music
  • Talking about TV programmes
  • A night out with friends
  • Daily life
  • Shopping for clothes
  • Festivals and traditions
  • Shopping for a special meal
  • Family celebrations
  • Using the past, present and future tense
  • Asking questions
  • Using irregular verbs
  • Using negatives
  • Using comparatives
  • Using reflexive verbs

Year 10

  • Describing a region
  • Finding out tourist information
  • Discussing plans and the weather
  • Talking about your town
  • Dealing with a hotel stay
  • Talking about travelling
  • Saying what you do and did on holiday
  • Ordering in a restaurant
  • Talking about holiday disasters
  • Giving opinions on school subjects and facilities
  • Talking about your school and schools in Italy/France/Spain
  • Discussing healthy and unhealthy living
  • Using past, present and future time frames
  • Understanding direct object pronouns
  • Using adverbs

Year 11

  • Discussing work preferences
  • talking about plans, hopes and wishes
  • Talking about how you earn money
  • Discussing work experience
  • Discussing the weather and natural disasters
  • Talking about protecting the environment
  • Discussing ethical shopping
  • Talking about volunteering
  • Discussing big events
  • Using the conditional tense
  • using the perfect and imperfect tense
  • revision and preparation for mock  and actual exams