Programme of Study

The Launceston College MFL curriculum offers students the opportunity to develop a comprehensive knowledge of either French or Spanish complemented by a true appreciation for language and culture. 

Students start their language journey in Year 7 where they concentrate on one language to enable an in-depth knowledge of the structure of the language and a wide vocabulary, in order to achieve subject mastery. 

Within the MFL faculty we have adopted the Dr Gianfranco Conti approach based upon his Extensive Processing Instruction (EPI) method. Students experience deliberate practice, chunking and input flooding of key structures to create automaticity enabling them to be fully prepared to undertake a GCSE in the language and create enthusiastic and passionate language learners who feel confident in their linguistic abilities. The repetitive, chunked and engaging speaking and listening activities also promote memory retrieval and retention. 

The content is designed in a way that helps students develop a sense of personal identity. In Year 7 students first learn how to talk about themselves  and their personal relationships and daily experiences (family, hobbies and school). In Year 8 the topics allow students to consider their identities within a wider context, looking at their town, holidays and travel and what they can do to live a healthy lifestyle.

Our EPI approach includes sentence builders central to all lessons and a large emphasis on listening to the target language to help model target constructions. Our approach is separated into 4 key areas.

– Modelling / Awareness Raising

Students are presented with target language chunks, where extensive drilling of these chunks of language is experienced through games and speaking activities.

– Receptive Processing

Students experience an extensive range of listening and reading tasks where there is lots of comprehensible input, thorough processing and input flooding. This phase develops students decoding skills and fluency .

– Structured Production

Students focus on the chunks in more detail and are provided with consolidation practice. They are given the opportunity to produce the target language in a structured and safe context.

– Expansion and Spontaneity

Students experience planned communicative tasks, under a less controlled environment to allow them to work on their fluency and spontaneity through a range of skills, with a strong emphasis on speaking and writing in the target language. They also get the opportunity to unpick the main grammar introduced with the unit.

In Year 9 we continue teaching using the Dr Gianfranco Conti teaching techniques that the pupils will have become familiar with in Year 7 and Year 8, but also begin preparing the students for the demands of the GCSE course.

The topics that are covered during Year 9 are specially selected from the GCSE syllabus to act as a bridging point between KS3 and KS4. Please go to the KS4 section for more information about Year 9.

From September 2023
Key Stage 3 Links

– Compulsory – French and Spanish games and exercises to support learning

– Additional for Independent Study – French games and exercises to support learning –  Spanish games and exercises to support learning – vocabulary learning website and app – vocabulary learning website and app  – games and exercises to support learning – vocabulary learning website and app (beginner) – games and exercises to support learning