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Modern Foreign Languages


The MFL department at Brentford School for Girls is highly successful with students consistently achieving GCSE results in French and German which are well above the National Average for Girls. In studying French or German, students will improve skills in speaking, listening, reading and writing. Students will also be given the opportunity to find out how language works and learn about different countries and cultures, The MFL department offers a variety of extracurricular activities including trips to Germany and France, study support in the form of a ‘Higher Speaking Club’ for Years 10 and 11 , as well as ‘Spanish Club’ for Years 7 – 9.

Key Stage 3

In KS3 pupils study either French or German three times a week. Topics areas which are studied at KS3 include: My World, School and Leisure. Students are given a thorough grounding in grammar and an introduction into the cultures and aspects of daily life in the countries where the target language is spoken.  At the end of Year 9 they complete a module of GCSE work and have the option to continue with the same language to GCSE level.  

Key Stage 4

In KS4 students follow the Edexcel GCSE syllabus in Years 10 and 11. Topics areas which are studied include: Lifestyle, Leisure, Home and Environment and Work and Education. The GCSE is divided into four units: listening, speaking, reading and writing. The speaking and writing units are assessed through a series of controlled assessment tasks that are worth 60% of the final GCSE grade and are planned and completed in class. The listening and reading units are assessed through examinations at the end of the course and are worth 40% of the final grade.