MFL (Languages)

At Key Stage 5 the MFL classes are small enough to get almost individual attention. The students have 4 hours weekly contact and a further hour with the language assistant, by arrangement. Again, we are fortunate to be able to offer such support by native speakers.

New AS and A Level 

This is the second year students are sitting the new AS MFL exam and the first year sitting the new A Level (year 2) exams which changes greatly from previous A Levels in that there is stronger emphasis on the cultural knowledge of the target language country. The course leads to obtaining a standalone qualification if students decide to sit their exam either in year 1 for an AS in Spanish or year 2 for an A Level in Spanish. The marks from the AS Level exam do not count towards the A Level qualification which students can choose to take or not. The main content areas are as follows:

General AS and A-level French/Spanish themes and sub-themes

Aspects of Francophone / Spanish society (AS and A-level)

  • Modern and traditional values
  • Cyberspace
  • Equal rights

Artistic culture in the Francophone world (AS and A-level)

  • Modern day idols
  • French/Spanish / Spanish regional identity
  • Cultural heritage

Multiculturalism in Francophone/ Spanish society (A-level)

  • Immigration
  • Racism
  • Integration

Aspects of political life in the Francophone/ Spanish world (A-level)

  • Today's youth, tomorrow's citizens
  • Monarchies and dictatorships
  • Popular movements

Exams

AS Level:

Paper 1 - Listening, Reading and Writing. 1 hour and 40 minutes. 45% of total AS marks (90 marks).

Candidates will listen, read and respond to spoken passages from a range of contexts and sources. Questions in French/Spanish to be answered with non-verbal responses or in French/Spanish 

Summarising information from spoken and written sources, reporting key points and subject matter in speech and writing.

There will also be a translation into English.

Paper 2 - Writing. 1 hour and 30 minutes. 25% of AS (50 marks).

Either one question in French/Spanish on a set text from a choice of two questions or one question in French/Spanish on a set film from a choice of two questions (35 marks).

Translation into French/Spanish; a passage of minimum 70 words (15 marks).

Paper 3 - Speaking. 12 – 14 minutes plus 15 minutes preparation time. 30% of AS marks (50 marks).

Candidates will discuss two sub-themes (6 – 7 minutes on each) with the discussion based on a stimulus card for each sub-theme.

A Level - Second Year:

Paper 1 - Listening, Reading and Writing.  2 hours and 30 minutes. 50% of total A level marks (100 marks).

Summarising information from spoken and written sources, reporting key points and subject matter in speech and writing

  • translating an unseen passage from French/Spanish into English
  • translating an unseen passage from English into French/Spanish.

Paper 2 - Writing. 2 hours. 20% of A level (80 marks).

Either ONE/TWO questions in French/Spanish on a set text from a choice of two questions AND/OR one question in French/Spanish on a set film from a choice of two questions. 300 words (40 marks each).

Paper 3 - Speaking. 21-23 minutes (16-18 plus 5 minutes preparation time). 30% of A level marks (60 marks).

16-18 minutes plus 5 minutes preparation. The 5 minutes’ preparation time will take place in the examination room in the presence of the examiner. Students may make notes during the preparation period.

  • One Stimulus Card: 5-6 minutes.
  • Presentation of Individual Research Project: 2 minutes
  • Discussion based on Individual Research Project: 9-10 minutes

Set Texts for French

  • Molière Le Tartuffe
  • Voltaire Candide
  • Guy de Maupassant Boule de Suif et autres contes de la guerre
  • Albert Camus L’étranger
  • Françoise Sagan Bonjour tristesse
  • Claire Etcherelli Elise ou la vraie vie
  • Joseph Joffo Un sac de billes
  • Faïza Guène Kiffe kiffe demain
  • Philippe Grimbert Un secret
  • Delphine de Vigan No et moi

Set Films for French

  • Les 400 coups François Truffaut (1959)
  • Au revoir les enfants Louis Malle (1987)
  • La Haine Mathieu Kassovitz (1995)
  • L’auberge espagnole Cédric Klapisch (2002)
  • Un long dimanche de fiançailles Jean-Pierre Jeunet (2004)
  • Entre les murs Laurent Cantet (2008)

Set Texts for Spanish

  • Federico García Lorca La casa de Bernarda Alba
  • Gabriel García Márquez Crónica de una muerte anunciada
  • Laura Esquivel Como agua para chocolate
  • Ramón J. Sender Réquiem por un campesino español
  • Carlos Ruiz Zafón La sombra del viento
  • Isabel Allende La casa de los espíritus
  • Gustavo Adolfo Bécquer Rimas
  • Fernando Fernán-Gómez Las bicicletas son para el verano
  • Luis de Castresana El otro árbol de Guernica
  • Gabriel García Márquez El coronel no tiene quien le escriba

Set Films for Spanish

  • El laberinto del fauno Guillermo del Toro (2006)
  • Ocho apellidos vascos Emilio Martínez-Lázaro (2014)
  • María, llena eres de gracia Joshua Marston (2004)
  • Volver Pedro Almodóvar (2006)
  • Abel Diego Luna (2010)
  • Las 13 rosas Emilio Martínez-Lázaro (2007)