Curriculum Vital

Lost in translation
The new MFL programme of study

With Brits lying bottom of European language tables and uptake of languages at GCSE still low, children in England will now be required to learn a foreign language from age seven. Schools will be allowed to choose whichever language they'd like from a list of seven. They are: French, Spanish, German, Italian, Mandarin, Classical Greek and Latin.

Below is a summary of the new programme of study and the best language resources:

Key Stage 2

  • Teachers are free to choose the language from the prescribed list of seven, though should focus on one language throughout the four years;
  • Emphasis on speaking: 'The focus of study in modern languages will be on practical communication';
  • Poetry and memorisation, prevalent throughout the new National Curriculum, are emphasised in languages: 'Pupils should be taught to: appreciate stories, songs, poems and rhymes in the language; write phrases from memory, and adapt these to create new sentences, to express ideas clearly.'

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Key Stage 3

  • Much less prescription, which leaves language teachers with a great deal of flexibility;
  • Students must translate from the foreign language into English and vice-versa;
  • Teachers must employ authentic texts: 'Pupils should be taught to: read literary texts in the language, such as stories, songs, poems and letters.'

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French

 

German

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Spanish

The best-selling AQA GCSE Spanish course has been extensively revised to provide you with brand new content for the 2016 AQA specification. This course delivers the breadth and rigour required to develop the productive skills students need to manipulate language confidently and to prepare them for their exams.

Italian

Mandarin Chinese

Latin

Greek