Programme of Study

Within the MFL faculty we have recently adopted the Dr Gianfranco Conti approach based upon his Extensive Processing Instruction (EPI) method. We have reviewed our Programme of Study and created teaching resources to implement these EPI methods into our lessons across Year 7 and Year 8.

The programme of study that has been created is designed so that every activity and text that the students experience allows them to process and produce each item of vocabulary or grammar many times over in order for it to become embedded in their knowledge.

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.


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Year 9

Key Stage 3 Links

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

– 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