Modern foreign languages (MFL) is a high-performing faculty with an excellent team of experienced language specialists. Language lessons are fun, active and rewarding. Teachers encourage all students to be enthusiastic participants and to enjoy learning a foreign language.

At East Leake Academy, students study one language, either French or German. Therefore, a year 7 student will study three lessons of French per week and they will continue to learn this language in year 8 and 9. French is an option subject at GCSE for those who have studied it during key stage 3.

The MFL department has a long tradition of running trips and exchanges. We organise a five-day residential visit to Rouen for year 8 students. At Christmas, we take GCSE groups to German or French Christmas markets on alternate years.

The MFL department also offers an extracurricular club for those students who are interest in the other language they are not studying. There are weekly after school sessions available for those who are interested in learning two languages and gaining a cultural impression of two different countries.

French for year 7

We follow the Studio 1 course and cover the following topics:

  • C’est perso
    Giving likes and dislikes, describing yourself and others and your favourite type of (French!) music
  • Mon collège
    Talk about your school subjects, describing your school day and your timetable, and looking at the differences between the French and British school systems
  • Mes passetemps
    Talking about your favourite sports, extreme sports, famous French athletes, how you use technology and what you do in your spare time
  • Ma zone
    Say where you live, what you can do in your town and give directions. You will also look at some French towns, so you can compare them to where you live!
  • 3..2..1 Partez!
    Talk about your holidays, what you will pack and your dream holiday destination

French for year 8

We follow Studio 2 course and will cover the following topics:

  • T’es branché?
    Talk about your favourite tv programmes and films. We will also look at what is popular in France! How you use the internet and how to express what you did last weekend.
  • Paris je t’adore
    Say what you did in Paris, whilst learning about some of the key landmarks.
  • Mon identité
    Talk about your personality, how you get on with others and your interests.
  • Chez moi, chez toi
    Describe where you live and what you eat. We will also look at some French towns and festivals so you can compare them to your own hometown
  • Quel talent?
    Talk about your talent and ambitions, showing off your wide range of language skills!

French for year 9

We begin the GCSE French course so that pupils have a taste of the GCSE topics and course expectations. We follow the AQA GCSE course and the topics covered in year 9 are:

Qui suis-je?
Family relationships, what makes a good friend and arranging to go out

Grammar: Present tense, reflexive verbs, future and past tenses

Le temps des loisirs
Sport, reading, films and tv and using technology

Grammar: Present tense, past tense, comparative an superlative

Jours ordinaires, jours de fête
Describing usual school days, family celebrations and celebrations on the calendar in the UK and in French speaking countries

Grammar: Asking questions, further present, past and future tense revision

French for years 10 and 11

GCSE full course French AQA exam board

Topic areas covered

  • Theme 1 – Identity and culture – family and friends, technology, free time activities
  • Theme 2 – Local, national international and global areas of interest – neighbourhood and region, social issues, global issues, travel and tourism
  • Theme 3 – Current and future study and employment – school, education Post 16, jobs and career choices.

Method of assessment

100% exam based

  • Paper 1 Listening – 25%
  • Paper 2 Speaking – 25%
  • Paper 3 Reading – 25%
  • Paper 4 Writing – 25%

Faculty staff

Mrs V Purdy – Head of Faculty
Mrs N Burrows – Deputy Head of Faculty
Mrs K Golden
Miss F Gould
Mrs H Williamson