• Director of Learning (DOL) – Luke Borland


  • Maria Amigo-Sariego
  • Evelyne Rodway
  • Katia Tully

In our global society, it is increasingly important for all of us to have a better understanding of people from different backgrounds and cultures and to be able to communicate effectively with them.

The main aim of the MFL department of Hailsham Community College is to foster a love of leaning foreign languages by exploring new and exciting cultures.

We encourage all students to explore language learning outside of their lessons. There are a number of excellent resources available online. We particularly recommend the following:

–       Duolingo (a free languages learning resource, which can also be downloaded as an app).

–       Quizlet (used in lessons on a regular basis, but excellent for independent work).

–       Linguascope (please ask a member of the MFL team for log-in details).

–       Mary Glasgow Magazines (a subscription magazine with online resources).

Students in Years 7 and 8 study either French or Spanish. They remain in their teaching groups for languages lessons.

From year 9 pupils have the option to continue to GCSE with the language they have studied.

Year 7

In year 7, the course aims to build on and reinforce the languages skills acquired at Primary School.
There are four Attainment Targets, which are –
• Reading
• Listening
• Speaking
• Writing

From September 2016, Year 7 students will be following our newly designed programme of study. The units of work are:

  1. Introduction to MFL
  2. Greetings
  3. Family
  4. School, Hobbies and the World of Work
  5. Travel and Culture

The teaching of grammar structure is threaded throughout all of the units. Students will learn how to use present, past and future tenses within the context of the units. We also support numeracy skills through the teaching of number, time, dates and prices.

We encourage students to communicate in French/Spanish in lessons, and provide displays and word mats to support with this. Role plays are a key aspect of language learning, and there will be opportunities for this throughout the year.

Year 8

In year 8, pupils continue with and build upon work started in Year 7.
Topics consist of areas such as

–       Health

–       Media

–       Food

–       Shopping

We offer GCSE courses in both French and Spanish. We follow the Edexcel specification.

Years 9 and 10 – September 2016 (GCSE 9-1 specification)

The new GCSE specification is assessed entirely by exams at the end of Year 11. There are five themes in the course, each of which is broken down into topics and sub-topics. The themes are:

–       Identity and Culture

–       Local area, holiday and travel

–       School

–       Future aspirations, study and work

–       International and global dimension

Students will explore the culture of countries and communities where French is spoken, as well as relating the work to their own home.

The assessments cover the four skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing. Each paper is worth 25% of the total qualification, and an individual student must be entered at a single tier (Foundation or Higher) across all papers. The use of dictionaries is not permitted in the exam, and so learning key vocabulary is essential.

You can read more about the specifications here:

French GCSE 9-1

Spanish GCSE 9-1

Year 11 September 2016 (Final year of A*-G GCSE specification)

The students follow a course that allows them to develop:
• an understanding of French/Spanish in a variety of contexts
• a knowledge of French/Spanish vocabulary and structures
• transferable language learning skills
• the ability to communicate effectively in French/Spanish
• awareness and understanding of countries and communities where French/Spanish is spoken.

The topics covered in the course are:

Media and culture
• Music/film/reading
• Fashion/celebrities/religion
• Blogs/internet

Sport and leisure
• Hobbies/interests
• Sporting events
• Lifestyle choices

Travel and tourism
• Holidays
• Accommodation
• Eating, food, drink

Business, work and employment
• Work experience/part-time jobs
• Product or service information

Centre-devised option
The students will learn through a variety of methods and will be expected to complete independent study; including vocabulary learning, research based tasks, drafting and re-drafting and group tasks.

Assessment and certification
The Certificate comprises four units:
• Listening 20%
• Speaking 30%
• Reading 20%
• Writing 30%

Students are assessed through a combination of controlled assessments in speaking and reading and examinations in reading and listening.

The examinations in reading and listening take place at the end of the course.

The controlled assessments take place throughout the 3 year course, with the best 2 speaking and 2 writing tasks being submitted to the exam board for certification.

Further information can be found on the exam board website:
Edexcel French

Edexcel Spanish