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Modern Foreign Languages

Study & Modern Foreign Languages

Welcome to the Faculty of Modern Foreign Languages at Brighton Hill Community School.  We are a faculty of 3 very experienced teachers of MFL, who are passionate about languages and aim to communicate this to our students in our teaching.


MFL Faculty staff and Key Contacts:
Mrs S Hallum Barnard: Head of MFL Faculty /Assistant Headteacher 

Miss C Roggeman: Teacher of French
Mr M Banks: Teacher of French

During their time at Brighton Hill Community School, we aim to equip our students with the necessary language-learning strategies which will allow them to develop their language capabilities not only in the present tense but also in the future frame as part of a lifelong learning process.  We believe that in the ever-expanding world where the ability to communicate in a foreign language has never been more important, it is our responsibility to equip our students with those skills which will make them not only highly employable but also global citizens.  We also firmly believe that, by studying a foreign language, students become more aware of their own language and as a consequence, their proficiency in literacy and communication in English also improve.

We aim to make our lessons interesting and engaging by using a wide variety of activities covering the 4 skills of listening, reading, speaking and writing.  Each of the MFL classrooms is equipped with an interactive whiteboard, with sound, and full use of this is made each lesson, with students participating in interactive tasks which the MFL teachers have developed themselves or through using language-learning websites, such as www.languagesonline.org.uk.  We also have a strong focus on the importance of memorisation in Modern Languages and students enjoy using www.memrise.com to hone their vocabulary learning skills. Each class has regular lessons in the MFL computer suite or using the MFL set of tablet computers, whereby they are able to practise vocabulary-building skills or grammar points on the MFL websites, or complete research on cultural aspects of the countries that they are studying.

Most years, we offer a residential trip to France as we believe that visits abroad enrich students’ learning and also develop their cultural awareness of the country. 

MFL at Key Stage Three
All students learn French in Years 7 and 8 as their first Modern Foreign Language, regardless of their setting in English.  In Year 8, prior to choosing their options, they also have taster lessons in Spanish and study why it is so important to learn a language, in order to make an informed decision about any language options they may wish to take at Key Stage 4.

The Key Stage 3 schemes of learning contain 5 modules of work over the academic year, with a focus on grammar and vocabulary building and include both formative and summative assessments in each of the 4 skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing.  These enable students to be able to see and track their progress.  The 5 modules that we cover are as follows:







Meeting people
School objects
Alphabet Numbers
Ages, birthdays, dates
The classroom

Subject pronouns
Masculine / Feminine nouns
Indefinite article
Definite Article
Adjectival Agreement




Describing self and others
Basic  Opinions
Pets and animals

Possessive Adjectives
3rd person plural
Adjectival Agreement
Using cognates




Where people live
House and home
Describing your bedroom
Evening activities
La Francophonie

ER verbs
Near cognates
Asking questions



Places in town
Going places
Drinks and snacks

Preposition = à
Tu & Vous




Morning Routines
School Subjects
Opinions and Reasons
After school activities

Reflexive verbs
Intensifiers and connectives


There are also opportunities for students to experience some literature and learn about cultural aspects of the countries whose language they are studying. 

MFL at Key Stage Four

In Year 9, students may choose to continue with French or begin to study Spanish.  They can, of course, choose to study both languages.  The Spanish course is an accelerated programme, which aims to prepare the students for the demands of the GCSE course.  Students beginning Spanish in Year 9 find that they progress quickly, as they are able to transfer the language acquisition skills they have gained in Years 7 and 8 to the new language they are learning.
In Years 10 and 11, all students follow the AQA GCSE specification. This tests their proficiency in the skills of listening, reading, speaking and writing in the foreign language which are assessed as final exams (each with a weighting of 25%) at the end of the two-year course. The GCSE course, which prepares students well for further study at AS and A2 level, comprises the following themes and sub-topics at Key Stage 4 in both French and Spanish:

Theme 1: Identity and culture

  • Me, my family and friends
  • Relationships with family and friends
  • Marriage/partnership
  • Technology in everyday life
  • Social media
  • Mobile technology
  • Free-time activities
  • Music
  • Cinema and TV
  • Food and eating out
  • Sport
  • Customs and festivals in French-speaking countries/communities

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

  • Home, town, neighbourhood and region
  • Social issues
  • Charity/voluntary work
  • Healthy/unhealthy living
  • Global issues
  • The environment
  • Poverty/homelessness
  • Travel and tourism

Theme 3: Current and future study and employment

  • My studies
  • Life at school/college
  • Education post-16
  • Jobs, career choices and ambitions Assessment
Modern Foreign Languages


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