Key Contacts

Miss Céline Buliard – – Subject Leader for Modern Foreign Languages
Miss Aurélia Mouries – Teacher of Modern Foreign Languages

At Hanham Woods Academy, the MFL department are striving for every pupil to pass their GCSE with the highest grade possible.

Languages are becoming increasingly important in our society and being able to communicate in a foreign language is going to enable students to pursue a wide variety of careers.

Teaching arrangements:

Years 7 & 8:

2 x50 minute lessons each week

Years 9,10 & 11:

3 x50 minute lessons each week

The MFL Curriculum Statement sets out the vision and intent for the curriculum in Modern Foreign Languages (MFL).

The MFL Curriculum Map sets out an overview of the curriculum in Modern Foreign Languages (MFL) from Years 7 through to Year 11.  Among other things, it sets out what is studied, why it is studied, as well as the keywords needed in each year.  Students and parents are likely to find this useful.

At Hanham Woods Academy we encourage students to think like a Linguist in their Modern Foreign Languages (MFL) lessons.  The MFL Hanham Thinkers poster summarises what that means.

MFL Curriculum Overview

The first couple of years are forming the foundation of the learning of French or Spanish. The content covered allows also to practise essential grammar skills learnt in primary school and crucial for literacy.

Pupils not only learn vocabulary and how to communicate in French or Spanish , they also learn about the culture of French and Spanish speaking countries.

The MFL GCSE course builds on the foundations built in those two years.

Some topics covered

Year 7:

  • Family and friends
  • School
  • Food and drinks
  • Leisure activities


Year 8:

  • Home & area
  • Holidays
  • Global issues in French/Spanish countries
  • Media and new technologies

Building on the vocabulary and grammar learnt in KS3, students study 3 themes throughout the three years of the course. The themes are:

  1. Identity and culture
  2. Local, national, international and global areas of interest
  3. Current and future study and employment

Each theme contains a number of topics and the themes and the topics straddle three years. This means the grammar is transferrable: each unit builds on the previous one, and the structures and grammar that a student learns can be constantly reused and recycled by transferring them to other topics.

This approach also promotes effective learning. Students are better prepared for multi-topic listening and reading exams, and multiple themes get underway from the start – which means there’s less risk students will forget early themes.

Exam specification:

GCSE AQA French or Spanish

Assessment information: x4 papers – each represents 25% of the overall grade.

The skills assessed are Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing.

All papers take place in the summer of Year 11.

Life beyond:

Below are a few examples of high paying dream jobs for languages learners:

  • Translator and interpreter
  • Teacher
  • International sales and marketing
  • College/University lecturer
  • Hotel manager
  • Tour guide
  • Flight attendant
  • Jobs in embassies
  • Journalist
  • Brand representative
  • Intelligence operative
  • Work in a Government agency
  • Work in an international organisation (UNESCO, WWF, World Health Organisation….)
  • Recruiter/ HR
  • Research analyst
  • Language blogger or YouTuber
  • Editor


Language skills open up a range of specialist careers to you, but they make you more employable to almost any company with ambition.

There are also many areas where language skills are an enormous advantage:

  • Tourism/hospitality
  • Diplomacy and international organisation
  • Retail/ business


Extra Curricular:

Trips of Barcelona or Paris for Year 8

Spelling bees – CLF competition

European Day of Languages