Modern Foreign Languages

Department Staffing & Roles

  • Miss A Sánchez Motos - Head of Modern Foreign Languages
  • Mrs H Boyes - Teacher of French/Spanish
  • Miss N López Morales - Teacher of Spanish/French
  • Miss S Thomas - teacher of Spanish/French

Welcome to the OCA Modern Foreign Languages’ departmental page! In MFL, we aim to provide a broad and balanced curriculum that allows our students to engage with all aspects of language learning. Each OCA linguist will have the opportunity to experience immersive language lessons which give them an overview as to where they can go in the future. We believe that speaking a foreign language unlocks a new world.

In language lessons, we aim to give pupils all of the information required in order to decide whether further language study is for them in KS4. Our language teachers inspire pupils to develop a curiosity for learning and an understanding of the scale of opportunities available to those able to speak another language.

MFL staff use the curriculum time available to hit all four skills of language learning: speaking, listening, reading and writing. It is vital that our pupils have the opportunity to experience the KS3 curriculum outside of the classroom. For this reason, we arrange trips to the University of Manchester and give all pupils the opportunity to experience a trip abroad. Lessons are made with the intention of linking to real life situations, using transactional language where possible to allow pupils to feel as though they have made progress as linguists.

KS3

When pupils join OCA, they will study Spanish for 2 hours per week. This is for years 7, 8 and 9. Our nurture group pupils study conversational Spanish for 1 hour per week in order to allow for further literacy support. At the end of Year 7, pupils have the opportunity to pick up French as a second language. We are passionate about allowing our linguists to experience 2 languages and love to see these skills develop over time.

KS4

Once pupils reach KS4, should they opt for a language, they receive either 2 or 3 hours per week based on option slots. Languages are optional at KS4 but we encourage our linguists to continue with their studies to unlock the world around them.

In MFL, we want our pupils to experience a wide range of topics and skills during our lessons. We strive to cover all four skills (Reading, Listening, Speaking and Writing) and make links with other subjects around the Academy. We love our language lessons to include authentic resources, from songs and poems to longer pieces of text as skills develop.

KS3 Curriculum Overview

French KS3

National Curriculum - KS3 MFL

KS4 Curriculum Overview

At KS4, we study towards the Edexcel GCSE curriculum. All of our MFL staff are current examiners for Pearson Edexcel.

Edexcel GCSE - Spanish/French

At OCA, we strongly believe that careers education is a vital aspect of our curriculum. In MFL, we aim to broaden our pupils’ idea of the opportunities available to them post-16. In order to do this, we:

  • Organise visits to both the University of Liverpool/University of Manchester to trial language degrees
  • Include career links in lessons (class interpreter, travel consultant challenges, translation, links to Mi6)
  • Arrange visits from professionals to discuss career pathways (Mi6, Confucius Institute)
  • Provide opportunities for international travel (Nice, Paris, Barcelona, Madrid, Qingdao, Beijing)
  • Offer careers advice for pupils during the options process to guide/support in decision making
  • Maintain our MFL careers board giving a wide range of career opportunities and the qualifications required

Further Education Opportunities

Locally, we have excellent post-16 provisions for language study at A-Level and beyond. There are several options for language study and we love to see our pupils continuing with this life skill. Below are some links for further study options:

KS3

We love to see our OCA linguists engaging with languages outside of the classroom. Each Tuesday, Mrs Coello runs our MFL film club, showing some of the latest films in French and Spanish with some authentic treats from the host country. Not only does this help develop cultural awareness but is amazing for building on the listening skills studies in lessons.

KS4

At GCSE level, Year 11 follow a whole school timetable to support in intervention. However, we realise that pupils may want to enrich themselves further and offer supplementary sessions on Mondays 3-4pm for French and Spanish, as well as Tuesday 4-5pm.

For Year 10, pupils are welcomed into Year 11 intervention but also have their own slot available on Wednesdays 3-4pm for any support they require.

The following resources are useful for languages revision outside of the MFL classroom:

KS3

KS4

At OCA, we believe that opportunities outside the classroom are just as important as those that we find in lessons. Language study lends itself perfectly to developing a broader sense of self and we aim to offer as many opportunities as possible for our pupils to link language learning to real life.

Trips include:

  • Paris – Visit to Eiffel Tower, Louvre Museum, Arc du Triomphe, River Cruise, Disneyland, Authentic French Restaurants etc.
  • Nice – Beach Day, Visit to Sweet Factory, Marché des Fleurs, Nice Étoile, Hard Rock Café, Monaco Visit, Aquarium of Monaco
  • Barcelona – Fuertaventura, Beach Day, Camp Nou, Authentic Spanish Restaurants, Las Ramblas
  • Manchester Metropolitan University – MFL Degree Taster Sessions
  • University of Liverpool – MFL Degree Taster Sessions