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Welcome to the MFL department at Hodge Hill College. Currently all students study French at KS3, with it being an option choice at KS4.

The department is staffed by 3 full time members and 1 part time meber of staff:

Mrs C. Chapman - Subject Leader: MFL

Ms C. Fourmond - Teacher of French

Mr J . Patel - Teacher of French

Mrs J. Grindrod – Teacher of French

Miss N. Fofana - Teacher of French (Starting September 2017)


The department has 4 well-resourced classrooms, with one also doubling as an ICT suite. This gives students the opportunity to develop their research and ICT skills alongside their language learning.



The MFL department makes a significant contribution through the content delivered during lessons and the teaching strategies used within lessons.

Social: Students are sat in groups and are encouraged to work collaboratively. They regularly do paired and grouped activities during lessons. Students also undertake a number of projects, working in teams.

Moral: Problem solving and decision making is an essential part of the learning in MFL lessons.

Spiritual: Students have to develop personal values and beliefs as well as developing an understanding of other people’s values. They need to listen to each other and share their views and opinions.

Cultural: During French lessons we not only foster an understanding of life in France but also of the many Francophone countries around the world. We also introduce students to a wide variety of French music.


By covering the topics of education and the world of work we are able to offer students information and guidance about the many opportunities available to students with language skills.


MFL Department  Vision

“To have another language is to possess a second soul.”‒Charlemagne

Those who know nothing of foreign languages know nothing of their own.” ‒Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

In the MFL Department we are committed to ensuring that all students have the best possible learning experience.

Languages are part of the cultural richness of our society and the world in which we live and work. In the MFL Department we support all students to appreciate different countries, cultures, communities and people. We are committed to giving students the ability to understand and communicate in another language; a lifelong skill for education, employment and leisure. Learning languages helps students to develop their communication skills and will also support the development of literacy skills in the students’ own language.

We set high expectations for all and encourage students to have a positive attitude towards learning languages. We reward students who participate well and seek to encourage all to be confident and resilient. Within the department we endeavour to develop skills as well as knowledge – skills such as problem solving, decision making, teamwork, leadership and communication. We are committed to building good relationships with all students and as a team we constantly reflect on and refine our own practice and share with others, ensuring we meet our vision of all students having the best possible learning experience.

“If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart.”      Nelson Mandela




  1.         improves your grasp of English.
  2.         …enhances your confidence.
  3.         …gives you a wider understanding of world affairs.
  4.         …widens your career / job options.
  5.         …improves international relations.
  6.         …makes travelling easier and more enjoyable.
  7.         …connects the world and promotes peace.
  8.         …helps you make friends in new countries.
  9.         …shows you are open minded and tolerant.
  10.        …boosts brain power!



Here's what some celebrities have to say about learning languages:


Jamie Oliver (MBE)

“Pick a destination, go there, be open-minded and talk to the locals. Eat the things they eat and go where they go. You don’t need to be fluent, just as long as you’ve got a smile on your face - people will be jumping over themselves to show you the stuff they’re proud of.” Jamie Oliver Jamie speaks French, Spanish and Italian and also a bit of Cantonese!


Paula Radcliffe (MBE), former athlete

“Although I’m known first and foremost as an athlete, my foreign language skills have given me another dimension to my career. I regularly use French and German when I travel to compete in Europe.” Paula speaks French and German fluently


Gwyneth Paltrow, model and actress

“When I was 15, I went to a small town outside Talavera de la Reina and I had the most wonderful experience. It really changed my life.” Gwyneth speaks fluent Spanish

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During KS3 students cover a wide variety of topics, including ‘Where I live’, ‘Healthy eating’, ‘Fashion’ and ‘Media’


Students are encouraged to develop language skills with activities in listening, speaking, reading and writing, as well as broader skills such as communication, decision-making, problem solving and teamwork. We also try to develop students’ independent learning by completing a number of projects.

Lessons are made engaging with a wide variety of activities including paired and group work, language games and competitions and students are rewarded regularly for their efforts.

For extra support and practice students should come along to E254 after school on Thursdays.


Year 7

Summer 2

Autumn 1

Autumn 2

Spring 1

Spring 2

Summer 1









On y va!

  • Phonics
  • Greetings
  • Numbers/ Days/ Months
  • Age/Birthday
  • School equipment
  • Colours

On y va! (2)

  • Instructions
  • Opinions
  • Family  members
  • Pets
  • Countries/ Nationalities

Moi et ma famille

  • Physical Descriptions
  • Personality

Chez moi

  • Buildings
  • Rooms
  • Bedroom
  • Local Area

L'heure/La routine

  • Time
  • Daily routine


 Year 8

Summer 2

Autumn 1

Autumn 2

Spring 1

Spring 2

Summer 1

Mon college

  •  Buildings/ Facilities
  • Subjects
  • Opinions
  • Teachers
  • School day
  • Schools in France

Les sports et les passé-temps

  • Sports
  • Activities
  • Music
  • Routines



Les medias

  • Mobiles and computers
  • TV
  • Film
  • Reading

C'est ou?

  • Places
  • Locations
  • Directions
  • Invites/ Excuses

On mange

  • Food
  • Opinions
  • Shopping
  • Café/ Restaurants
  • Recipes
  • French breakfast

La santé

  • Healthy eating
  • Lifestyle
  • Illnesses
  • Doctors
  • Giving advice

 Year 9

Summer 2

Autumn 1

Autumn 2

Spring 1

Spring 2

Summer 1

La France

  • Geography
  • History
  • Food
  • Cultural awareness
  • TV/ Music


  • French speaking countries
  • Tourism
  • Weather
  • Environmental issues




Les vacances

  • Destinations
  • Activities
  • Opinions
  • Past holidays
  • Future plans


La mode

  • Clothes
  • Details
  • School uniform
  • Fashion
  • Opinions


  • Jobs
  • Places of work
  • Future plans


Film project

'Les Choristes'


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Students in Year 11 currently follow the Edexcel GCSE in French.

The course is examined via two speaking controlled assessments (30%), two written controlled assessments (30%) and final examinations in reading and listening (each 20%).

A wide range of topics are covered including Healthy Lifestyles, Home and Local Area, Work and Education and the Environment.

Students continue to improve their language skills as well as develop a cultural understanding of the differences between England, France and other French-speaking countries.

New GCSE (9-1)



Students will study the themes of 'Identity and Culture', 'Local Area, Holidays and Travel', 'School', 'Future Aspirations, Study and Work', and ' The Global and International Dimension'

Revision Sessiona



Key Stage 4: GCSE French Overview

Course Information:-        Course name: French         Exam Board: Edexcel        Subject Code: 1FRO

Course Structure

 Unit Title Paper 1 - Listening Paper 2 - Speaking Paper 3 - Reading Paper 4 - Writing
 Description  Listening Exam (40/50 mins) Speaking Exam (9/12 mins)   Reading Exam (45/60 mins)  Writing Exam (70/80 mins)
 Course weighting  25%  25%  25%  25%
                                                  Year 10                                                                                                               Year 11
Summer 2 Autumn Spring Summer Autumn Spring Summer 1

KS3 Revision

Grammar practice

Who Am I?

Cultural Life

Daily Life

Town, Region and Country



The World of Work

The Environment


Final Revision

Assessment Criteria

9/8 5/4 2

You can pick out details from a variety of spoken and written passages, referring to the past and future, including recognising points of view, opinions and emotions. You are also able to draw conclusions.

You can initiate, sustain and develop conversations. You can produce longer sequences of speech with a wide range of vocabulary and sentence structure and deal comfortably with unprepared situations.

When writing you can give information factually and imaginatively. You are able to use tenses effectively and your vocabulary is varied, interesting and generally very accurate.

You can pick out the main points and some details from longer spoken and written passages, referring to the past and future, and can recognise points of view and opinions. You can recognise familiar language in unfamiliar contexts.

You can develop conversations and simple discussions, which include past, present and future events. You can give discussions and deal with some unpredictable elements.

When writing you can give information factually and imaginatively. You are able to use tenses quite effectively and although the style can be basic, and despite some errors, the meaning is generally clear

You can note the main points and some details from short passages such as messages, short stories or factual texts.
You can take part in simple, structured conversations and can substitute words and phrases.
You are able to write simple paragraphs on familiar topics, giving information and expressing opinions.