"If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his own language, that goes to his heart."

We live in a multi-lingual globalised world and it is a big advantage to know more than one language. You will gain an awareness of other cultures, it helps our understanding and knowledge of our own language and it may even help you to progress in your career as well as being useful when you are on holiday!

Curriculum Aims

The MFL curriculum at The Hayfield School aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • Become successful learners who enjoy learning, make progress and achieve
  • Become confident individuals who are able to live safe, healthy and fulfilling lives
  • Become responsible citizens who make a positive contribution to society
  • Understand and respond to spoken and written language from a variety of authentic sources
  • Speak with increasing confidence, fluency and spontaneity, finding ways of communicating what they want to say, including through discussion and asking questions, and continually improving the accuracy of their pronunciation and intonation
  • Can write at varying length, for different purposes and audiences, using the variety of grammatical structures that they have learnt
  • Discover and develop an appreciation of a range of writing in the language studied.


All pupils will study French.


Y7 talking about yourself and others/ school life/Sports and leisure/talking about where you live

Y8 talking about holidays/technology and traditional media/talking about visiting Paris

Y9 talking about relationships, talking about food and cooking/finding out about special occasions and events


Why should I study this subject?

At the Hayfield School we’re passionate about the benefits that learning a language can bring. We strongly believe in languages as a skill for life and something students should enjoy and find rewarding. Studying a foreign language can expand your

cultural knowledge whilst at the same time obviously developing your language skills, many of which are transferable into and indeed complement other subject areas. Employers greatly value employees with language skills and this can often lead to higher salaries.

What will I learn?

The MFL GCSE syllabus is divided into three themes.

Identity and Culture

Topic 1: Me, my family and friends

  • Relationships with family and friends
  • Marriage/partnership

Topic 2: Technology in everyday life

  • Social media
  • Mobile technology

Topic 3: Free-time activities

  • Music
  • Cinema and TV
  • Food and eating out
  • Sport

Topic 4: Customs and festivals in French-speaking countries/communities

Local, national, international and global areas of interest

Topic 1: Home, town, neighbourhood and region

Topic 2: Social issues

  • Charity/voluntary work
  • Healthy/unhealthy living

Topic 3: Global issues

  • The environment
  • Poverty/homelessness

Topic 4: Travel and tourism

Current and future study and employment

Topic 1: My studies

Topic 2: Life at school/college

Topic 3: Education post-16

Topic 4: Jobs, career choices and ambitions

How will I be assessed?

Listening Exam (25%)

Reading Exam (25%)

Speaking Exam (25%)

Writing Exam (25%)

What skills will I learn?

By taking a GCSE in a foreign language you will primarily develop the skill of communication with others whether through the written or spoken language. Being able to communicate with someone in his or her own language is an incredible gift.

Learning a second language has also been shown to improve memory, problem solving and critical thinking skills, all of which can be transferable into other areas of study or employment. It can also make learning other languages easier in the future.

What equipment will I need?

An open, enquiring mind and plenty of perseverance!

How will this subject develop my sense of character and culture?

By studying a foreign language you will also develop a greater understanding of the culture of other countries, promoting greater tolerance, empathy and acceptance of other ways of life.

Where can this subject take me?

A language can literally take you anywhere. You may wish to continue your studies to A level at a Sixth Form or Further Education college or you may wish to try a different language, making use of the skills you acquired at GCSE level. Linguists are always much sought after in the world of work, so no matter what career you eventually choose, having a second language will always be an asset.

Your teacher will be happy to share knowledge of linked professions with you.

Where can I find out more?

What other subjects would compliment my learning in this qualification?

The Curriculum Team

Mr G Taylor
Subject Leader of Modern Languages
Miss C Watson
Teacher of Modern Languages