Modern Foreign Languages

Modern Foreign Languages

Studying a language opens doors not only to employment but to other cultures. At Teesdale School we pride ourselves on the fact that we can offer opportunities to study the languages and cultures of France, Spain and Germany.

The most rewarding thing about studying a language is the opportunity it provides you to travel and experience new cultures, try new food, listen to new music and meet new people, giving you a new perspective on your own culture.

The most rewarding thing about teaching languages is seeing pupils really flourish whilst on trips abroad. Whether this is watching a Year 7 pupil find the confidence to buy their picnic lunch from the market in France, watching a sixth former deliver a speech in French in front of the mayor of a French town, or seeing pupils overcoming their fears about living with and communicating with a family in France; languages give all these opportunities to develop and grow as a person and build skills for life.

Curriculum information:

Year 7

Learning outcomes

  • Introduction to pronunciation
  • Write longer sentences using opinions and reasons
  • Be able to use and recognise negatives
  • Introduction to verbs and declensions
  • Using adjectives and agreements
  • Develop skills to be able to interpret a text in French and answer questions in French
  • Introduction to tenses

Topics taught

  • My school
  • My home and family
  • Leisure and my town

Year 8


Learning outcomes

  • Develop more detailed knowledge of the past, present and future tenses
  • Develop speaking skills to be able to respond spontaneously to questions
  • Write at length to include more detailed descriptions
  • Expand knowledge of vocabulary to be able to narrate

Topics taught

  • Holidays
  • Jobs work and future plans
  • Food and healthy eating

Year 9


Learning outcomes

  • Consolidate knowledge of past present and future tenses including irregular verbs
  • Introduction to conditional and imperfect tenses
  • Developing reading and listening skills to interpret some authentic material
  • Developing exam skills needed for success at GCSE in reading, writing, listening and speaking

Topics taught

  • Healthy lifestyle
  • Media and technology
  • Family and relationships

Year 10


Learning outcomes

Throughout Years 10 and 11 the GCSE course encourages students to develop their ability and ambition to communicate with native speakers in speech and writing, broaden their horizons and encourage them to step beyond familiar cultural boundaries and develop new ways of seeing the world.


Throughout the course pupils will:

  • develop their ability to communicate confidently and coherently with native speakers in speech and writing, conveying what they want to say with increasing accuracy
  • express and develop thoughts and ideas spontaneously and fluently
  • listen to and understand clearly articulated, standard speech at near normal speed
  • deepen their knowledge about how language works and enrich their vocabulary to increase their independent use and understanding of extended language in a range of contexts
  • acquire new knowledge, skills and ways of thinking through the ability to understand and respond to authentic spoken and written material, adapted and abridged, as appropriate, including literary texts
  • develop awareness and understanding of the culture and identity of the countries and communities where French is spoken
  • make appropriate links to other areas of the curriculum to enable bilingual and deeper learning, where the language may become a medium for constructing and applying knowledge
  • develop language learning skills both for immediate use and prepare them for further language study in school, higher education or employment
  • develop language strategies, including repair strategies.

Topics taught

Me my family and friends 

  • Relationships with family and friends
  • Marriage and partnerships

Free time activities

  • Music
  • Cinema and TV
  • Sport

Technology in everyday life

  • Social media
  • Mobile technology

Home, town, neighbourhood and region

  • Travel and tourism
  • Free time activities
  • Food and eating out

Social Issues

  • Healthy and unhealthy living
  • Customs and festivals in French speaking countries

Year 11


Learning outcomes

See Year 10 information

Topics taught

My studies

  • Life at school and college
  • Education post-16

Jobs, career choices and ambitions

  • Social issues
  • Charity and voluntary work

Global Issues

  • The environment
  • Poverty and homelessness

Exam preparation