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Modern Foreign Languages at Oak Academy French & Spanish

Modern Foreign Languages Teaching Staff

  • Ms. C McNee: Head of KS4
  • Mrs I Lamas-Perez: Head of KS3
  • Mr M Garza: Assistant Vice Principal – Safeguarding and SMSC

Curriculum Vision Spanish


“The limits of my language are the limits of my world”- Ludwig Wittgenstein

The vision of the Modern Foreign Languages department is that all language learners develop the skills and confidence to consider themselves “World Citizens” who belong in a multi-cultural, mutually respectful world. By referencing the target language country and the wider Hispanic / Francophone world, we aim to support students to understand other countries and cultures so that they can be more open and adaptable to new experiences. Ultimately, we want our students to have a love of languages and we aspire to develop a linguistic curiosity and a motivation to explore and respect other cultures and people.

The Oak Academy MFL Department aims to develop confident linguists who are able to:

·        listen to a variety of forms of spoken language to obtain information and respond appropriately

·        initiate and develop conversations, coping with unfamiliar language and unexpected responses

·        read and show comprehension of original and adapted materials from a range of different sources

·        write prose using an increasingly wide range of grammar and vocabulary, expressing ideas and opinions.

·        Translate short written texts accurately from and into the foreign languages

At the end of Year 11, students will sit the Pearson Edexcel GCSE in Spanish. We use this exam  board as Pearson provide high quality resources in the form of “ActiveTeach” / “ActiveLearn”. A wide range of exemplars for Literary and Translation tasks are also provided.  CPD for staff is of a high quality, including “webinar training” and termly regional support meetings.


“Knowledge of languages is the doorway to wisdom” – Roger Bacon

Students will sit one summative assessment every six weeks, with formative assessment throughout the term. Summative assessments are a mix of Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing, in order to have a balanced range of skills assessed throughout the year. However, all skills are taught implicitly throughout the year in all topics through a variety of methods and approaches. Group and pair activities are used regularly, as are activities requiring the use of mini white boards; trap door; one pen one dice; Battleships and other vocabulary games.

At Key Stage 3, students are taught core grammatical concepts via a range of topics. They are expected to be able to:

·        identify and use tenses or other structures which convey the past, present and future

·        develop and use a wide-ranging vocabulary (which goes beyond their personal needs and interests) and which allows them to give and justify opinions and take part in discussions about wider issues

·        use accurate grammar, spelling and punctuation

At Key Stage 4, MFL students will be expected to progressively develop their knowledge and understanding of grammar. They are expected to be able to:

·        use language for a variety of purposes and with a variety of different audiences, including for personal, academic and employment-related use (eg. discuss with friend plans for the weekend; write an article about school life for a Spanish website; write a letter of application for a holiday job in Spanish)

·        make use of appropriate social conventions including formal and informal address and register

·        understand different types of spoken language including recorded input from one or more speakers and recorded material from authentic sources and the media

·        understand different types of written language, including relevant personal communication, public information, factual and literary texts

Within the MFL classroom we constantly emphasise that it is ok to make mistakes. We believe that where students learn is in deciding how to move on from these errors, thus encouraging them to become resilient language-learners.


“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

We expect that MFL students at Oak Academy will receive a high-quality introduction to life-long language-learning, broadening their horizons to develop tolerance, empathy, adaptability and consideration for others within our local and wider communities. Whilst we expect all students to achieve at least their target grade, language-learning will also encourage students to step beyond cultural boundaries and become a compassionate and resilient Global Citizen.

GCSE Spanish 1SP0