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Harlington Upper School

Modern Foreign Languages

Subject Leader: Mrs L Mayhew

The Modern Foreign Languages Department offers courses at KS3, KS4 and KS5 in French and Spanish.  In Year 9 students can choose to study French, Spanish, or both languages.  In Year 10 and 11 students can opt to study a language to GCSE level.  

In order to support our students, a number of our Year 9, 10 and 11 groups are having support from a Sixth Form mentor and this programme is proving to be very successful.  This is hugely beneficial for our younger students, and also a fantastic opportunity for our 6th form MFL students to become further involved in the life of the department.    Film on Friday is a long-running and popular part of the KS5 curriculum.

We offer opportunities for trips and our Year 9 day-trip to France in November has been a great success for a number of years now.  For students taking a language at GCSE or GCE (Years 10, 11, 12 and 13) we offer a one-day trip to a French Christmas Market.  There is also often an opportunity for MFL students to travel to France and Spain at the end of the summer term.

For specific information on MFL at GCSE see the Options Booklet under Information for Year 9 Students in the Curriculum menu.

Curriculum Information





Exam Board


Course Leader


Course Summary

The GCSE French course aims to develop confidence and enjoyment in the foreign language. The four skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing are taught and assessed in equal measure. Students are prepared for their GCSE examinations and are equipped with the necessary skills should they wish to continue to A-Level.





What will students learn?


Year 9




Unit 1 Me, my family and friends: Discussing getting on with others, describing family and friends, talking about future relationships.

· Reflexive verbs

· Adjective agreements

· Direct and indirect object pronouns

· Comparatives and superlatives

· The immediate future and the future tense

· Using “dont”

Unit 2 Technology in everyday life: Using social media, the pros and cons, discussing the uses of mobile technology – advantages and disadvantages

· The present tense of regular and irregular verbs

· Using conjunctions

· Using “on”

Unit 3 Free-time activities: Talking about leisure activities, talking about different cuisines, discussing eating habits, talking about sports

· Perfect tense of regular verbs

· Using verbs + infinitives

· Demonstrative pronouns

· Using the pronoun “en”

· Developing sentences

Unit 4 Customs and festivals: Talking about how we celebrate, discussing traditions and festivals, describing events

· The perfect tense

· The imperfect tense

· Using prepositions

What will students learn?


Year 10


As for Year 9, plus:

Unit 5 Home, town, neighbourhood and region: Describing your home, describing what a town is like, describing a region

· Using negatives

· The conditional tense

· Demonstrative adjectives

· Prepositions

· Possessive pronouns

Unit 6 Social issues: Describing charity work, understanding the importance of charities, comparing old and new health habits, describing health resolutions

· The conditional tense

· The imperfect tense

· Using “en” + present participle

· Expressions of quantity

Unit 7 Global issues: Discussing environmental problems and their solutions, discussing global issues, discussing inequality, discussing poverty in the world

· Using “si” clauses

· Recognising the pluperfect tense

· Common forms of the subjunctive

What will students learn?


Year 11


Unit 5 School: Discussing your school, school uniform, school day, school rules. Comparing schools in England and France.

· Revising past, present, future tenses

· Adjectives

· Reflexive verbs

· Using “il faut”

Unit 7 Holidays: Discussing holiday venues, the weather and eating out. Describing a holiday using different tenses.

· Using the future and conditional tenses

· Using the perfect infinitive

Unit 8 Healthy Living: Talking about food and drink, a healthy lifestyle and discussing addiction. Discussing family problems. Talking about what is wrong with you.

· Expressions with “avoir”

· Adverbs

· Opinion phrases


Unit 9 World issues: Talking about world issues. Discussing problems in your area. Talking about the environment and environmental projects.

· The conditional of modal verbs

· Using more negatives

· Direct object pronouns in the perfect tense

· The passive



How will students be assessed?


Year 9

Students will be assessed at the end of each unit.

The four skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing will normally be assessed.

Students continuing with the GCSE course after Year 9 will be examined in these skills at the end of Year 11. Each skill carries a weighting of 25%.

How will students be assessed?


Year 10

Students will be assessed at the end of each unit.

The four skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing will normally be assessed.

At the end of the GCSE course in Year 11, students will be examined in these skills. Each skill carries a weighting of 25%.

How will students be assessed?


Year 11

Students will complete a number of controlled assessments in speaking and writing throughout the GCSE course. The best two for each skill will be submitted and will count towards the final GCSE grade. Speaking and writing carry a weighting of 30% each.

At the end of Year 11, students take a Listening and Reading exam. These are each worth 20% of the final grade.

Resources (e.g. useful links)


Students are allocated their own login so they can consolidate learning from class, or carry out additional independent work.

Useful for grammar revision and practice.



Visit the Sixth Form Curriculum pages for information on Modern Foreign Languages at AS and A2 level.