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Modern Foreigh LanguagesIn a world which is rapidly shrinking in terms of communication, having a language is seen as being of more and more benefit. Many companies now actively seek employées with good language skills and even if you don't plan to use your language skills at work, you will certainly need a foreign language at some point on holiday!

At Dronfield Henry Fanshawe School, languages are taught in a fun, dynamic and engaging way. We believe that everyone has the ability to learn a language to some degree. Lessons will include speaking, listening, reading and written work, with an emphasis on practical skills and those needed to pass public exams with a good grade.

All students study at least one language (either French or Spanish), and more able students have the opportunity to take up a second language as well, currently German.


MFL has 6 dedicated teaching rooms, and a small teaching room for sixth form lessons. The faculty is equipped with a class set of netbooks to allow ICT to be used in lessons. All classrooms have projectors, and interactive whiteboards are used in some rooms.


Key Stage 3

In Year 7, students are allocated to either French or Spanish depending upon their mentor group. Those who are identified as being more able are offered the chance to pick up German as a second language at the start of term 3 in Year 7.

Due to timetabling restrictions, students can only study one language in Year 9 and so dual linguists can opt for their preferred language and are expected to study this to GCSE level.

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  • Year 7

    Year 7 is an introductory year in which students develop language skills such as phonics as well as learning new vocabulary and grammar. The content includes personal information; school; local area. Students will be introduced to the concept of different tenses and by the end of the year will have covered at least two.

  • Year 8

    Year 8 builds upon the work covered in Year 7. Content covered includes illness and health; visiting a different country; food and drink; role-play and transactional language. Students study at least one further tense and produce longer written texts.

  • Year 9

    In Year 9, students start working towards the AQA GCSE qualification and will study the following topics over three years:

    • Personal and social life - Self, family, friends, home life, shopping, meals, healthy living, illness and accident, free time, fashion, relationships, future plans.
    • Local community - Home town, school, education, local environment, pollution, recycling, local facilities, comparisons with other towns and regions, weather and seasons.
    • The world of work - Work experience, part-time jobs, future careers, technology (sending messages, accessing information).
    • The wider world - Travel and holidays, media, social issues (e.g. life of young people today, homelessness, crime, drugs, healthy living, religion, politics), life in the countries and communities where the language is spoken.

    Although all topics are covered in all three languages, they are not studied at the same time in each language.


Key Stage 4

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  • Year 10

    Students who have chosen to continue studying a language will continue to work on the topics begun in Year 9. During the year, students will complete two written and two oral assignments.

  • Year 11

    Students complete work on the topics started in Year 9 and will complete a further written and oral assignment. The two best of each of these will be used for the student portfolio which forms 60% of the final GCSE grade.


Key Stage 5

Students who choose MFL at Advanced Level will follow the WJEC specification.

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  • Year 12

    Students study the following topics:

    • Leisure and Lifestyles - including travel and tourism, sport, hobbies, entertainment, customs, traditions, healthy living – health and nutrition, diet and exercise; unhealthy living - drugs, aids, smoking, alcohol, etc
    • The Individual and Society - including relationships and responsibilities, gender issues, youth culture (values, peer groups, fashions and trends etc.), education, vocational training and future careers.
  • Year 13

    Students study the following topics:

    • Environmental Issues - including technology, pollution, global warming, transport, energy, nuclear energy, renewable energies, conservation, recycling, sustainability.
    • Social and Political Issues - including the role of the media, racism, immigration social exclusion and integration, terrorism, world of work (employment, commerce, globalization, etc.).

    In addition 2 texts are studied from a list supplied by the exam board.


Extra curricular activities

Visits abroad are arranged every year to France, Germany and Spain. Currently, all Year 7 students have the chance to visit Boulogne, no matter which language they are studying. The German exchange is also open to all students from Year 8 to Year 13 and is not dependent upon learning a particular language. However, the residential visit to France and Spain are only open to students who are studying the relevant language, as they are study visits.


Teaching staff

All staff teach at least two different languages, with some being able to offer more.

  • Fernandez, Cristina
  • Greasley, Valerie
  • Capiaz, Clare
  • Grange, Catherine
  • Jeffcock, Elliot
  • McLeish, Arlene
  • O'Brien, Eva (Head of Faculty)
  • Swales, Ben
  • Woffindin, Louise


Websites to help students learn about MFL