Aims of the Department
The Modern Foreign Languages department aims to develop independent and creative language learners. We promote the study of French and Spanish by making lessons interesting, enjoyable, relevant, accessible and challenging to all pupils. We aim to foster positive attitudes and enthusiasm for languages.
We aim to provide an environment where students make progress and achieve. We promote language confidence and aim to give students skills for real life purposes.
Our vision / notre vision / nuestra visión
Languages are for life. We aim to promote cultural awareness and develop our young people into global citizens of the 21st century.
Strengths of the Department
Our teaching team of 5 are all dual linguists (all speak both French and Spanish) and we are committed to helping our students make good progress in these.
We use a grammar and skills approach at all Key Stages (from Y7 to Y13) along with the introduction of new topic specific vocabulary (every half-term) which ensures students have a clear understanding of how a Modern Foreign language works and this also prepares them for the demands of the various assessments they take, from Big Tests to GCSE and A Level.
We use I.T (one lesson a fortnight) to embed new vocabulary so we can quickly iron out any problems with spellings and meanings, as well as enabling pupils to develop their Listening and Reading skills independently.
Our lessons are fast paced and comprise of a range of activities in the 4 key skills and students work either alone, in pairs and in groups to achieve their potential.
- The MFL department are proud of taking between a third and half of KS4 cohorts to GCSE level, without it being a compulsory subject.
- For the past three years, the MFL department have hosted the MFL Spelling Bee competition for the North West with participants coming from up to 80 schools and competing in French, Spanish and German.
- We have strong link with both neighbouring universities, and each year have Erasmus students/volunteers from French and Spanish speaking countries who work with KS4/KS5 classes to help improve their speaking skills.
- Enrichment activities within the department include:
- In 2018, in collaboration with the English department, we ran a project entitled ‘Mother Tongue, Other Tongue’ where pupils worked with the poet Carol Ann Duffy and produced their own poem in the language they were learning, or shared a poem or song in their native language, explaining its significance to them. Our aim is to celebrate cultural diversity and bilingualism in Manchester.
v Foreign Film Fanatics –a weekly foreign film club open to all where pupils get to explore the cultural dimension of language learning through film.
v Languages XP –language taster sessions delivered by university undergraduates who are native speakers of numerous world languages (Italian, Mandarin, German…).
v Spelling Bee and Translation Bee lunchtime clubs, to further prepare pupils for the Regional and National competitions.
Key stage 3 MFL curriculum (French /Spanish)
Students will either study French or Spanish (one language, 4 lessons a fortnight) throughout KS3, and will have an option to continue with this language in KS4, and further KS5.
Across the three years of Key Stage 3, students will cover a range of topics (Self and family, school, hobbies and leisure time, house and home, holidays, food and drink, travel and tourism, healthy lifestyles, body and illnesses and routines.
Students will work on all 4 skills (reading, writing, listening and speaking) and translation is also introduced in KS3 so students can cope with the demands of GCSE, if they choose to study a MFL at KS4.
KS4 Curriculum (French and Spanish)
Students will work towards either Higher or Foundation tier and will study the following 3 themes throughout the 2 year course:
Theme 1 Identity and culture
Theme 2 Local, national, international and global areas of interest.
Theme 3 Current and future study and employment
Students have 4 GCSE exams at the end of year 11 which test the 4 skills. Students must take all four question papers at the same tier.
Paper 1: Listening
Paper 2: Speaking
Paper 3: Reading
Paper 4: Writing
Aims of International Links
Having an International dimension has always been at the heart of Trinity’s values. We feel that be enabling our pupils to have an understanding of different languages and cultures and allowing them to open up their opportunities in life, empowers them in their understanding that they are global citizens. This also enables them to understand and respect people of all backgrounds which may be different to their own. Having empathy with lots of different people who are from different countries and cultures without prejudice is a key to our ethos at Trinity.
Trinity’s International Links Coordinator, Mrs Walker, coordinates international activities across the curriculum, as well as extracurricular activities. Many of the projects we run across various lessons are on a cross-curricular basis, on a whole school level. At Trinity, we also have close links with various partner schools, with Saint Mary’s in Namibia, in Rouen, France, and with La Salle in Santander, Spain.
As a result of the work we do, Trinity was awarded the full International School Award in September 2016 by the British Council, which was a huge achievement. As part of this, we ensure that we will continue to develop links across the world to ensure that Trinity pupils are taught subjects from an international perspective, to help them successfully develop into confident global citizens.
Through our International work, we aim for our students to:
- understand their own global impact
- celebrate the rich and diverse heritage both at Trinity and on a national and global level
- further their understanding of other languages, countries and cultures across the world, and to respect others who may be different to ourselves.
- develop links with other schools, countries and cultures
- promote teaching about different cultures on a cross-curricular basis
- work on various projects with partner schools across the world
- celebrate different cultures and beliefs across the world
- welcome visitors from other countries
- communicate with other pupils in different countries via a pen pal scheme
- understand decisions and actions which are made individually, locally and globally
- have a global awareness and appreciation of other countries with regard to events happening across the world