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


At Hayfield School the faculty believes strongly that one of the most important purposes of studying a foreign language is to provide students with a chance to explore other cultures.

Languages are part of the cultural richness of our society and the world in which we live and work. Learning languages contributes to mutual understanding, a sense of global citizenship and personal fulfilment. In addition, the ability to understand and communicate in another language is a lifelong skill for education, employment and leisure in this country and throughout the world.

Learning languages gives pupils opportunities to develop their listening, speaking, reading and writing skills and to express themselves with increasing confidence, independence and creativity. They explore the similarities and differences between other languages and English and learn how language can be manipulated and applied in different ways.

The development of communication skills, together with understanding of the structure of language, lay the foundations for future study of other languages and support the development of literacy skills in a pupil’s own language.

The MFL faculty believe that a high-quality languages education fosters pupils’ curiosity and deepens their understanding of the world around them. Our teaching aim is to enable pupils to express their ideas and thoughts in another language and to understand and respond to its speakers, both in speech and in writing. It also aims to provide opportunities for them to communicate for practical purposes, learn new ways of thinking and read great literature in the original language.

By teaching Modern Foreign Languages we also aim to provide the foundation for learning further languages thereby equipping pupils to study and work in other countries.


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 study?

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 develop?

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 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 in the future?

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

Miss A Molla Garcia
Teacher of Modern Languages
Mr G Taylor
Teacher of Modern Languages
Miss C Watson
Teacher of Modern Languages