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Modern Foreign Languages


Modern Foreign Languages department in Ormiston Bushfield Academy is very lively and enthusiastic and our aim is to foster students’ enjoyment of language learning, to have high expectations of students’ achievement and behaviour, to promote understanding and appreciation of the cultures and ways of life of other countries, to encourage pride in successful linguistic achievement and to ensure that pupils achieve their full potential in public examinations.

We offer both French and Spanish for all years: French 5 lessons over a fortnight and Spanish 1 lesson per fortnight.
We are delighted to announce our Language Leader Award Programme. This is a programme that has worked very successfully at OBA, with Year 9 students to develop leadership skills through languages. Students are being trained as teachers to teach French in our cluster primary schools.

Excellent GCSE and A level results

Enrichment and external links
The Modern Languages department run variety of enrichment activities. We set up a successful French exchange to Brittany in France for students studying French at GCSE and work experience abroad for A level French. In addition Boulogne Day trip for Year 7, residential trip for Year 8

Contact the staff

Mrs A Powell
Curriculum Team Leader

Mrs A Lehmann
Leader of Learning

Mr S Berry
MFL Teacher

  • Greetings and personal details/ Family and pets/house and home/school/daily routine/hobbies and free time activities
  • Family and friend /TV and films/ Arranging going out/ Food/ Holidays
  • Identity and culture:
    Me , my family and friends
    • Friendship and what makes a good fiend
    • Making arrangements to go out
    • Describing a night out with friends
    • Family relationships
    • Talking about role models
    • Marriage, partnerships ( future)
    • Talking about your like when you were younger
    Identity and culture:
    Free time activities
    • Talking about sport
    • Technology in everyday life ( online)
    • Talking about books and reading( comparing past and now)
    • Talking about television programmes
    • Talking about actors and films

    Identity and culture:
    Customs and festivals:
    • Describing your daily life
    • Food for special occasions
    • Customs and festivals in French speaking countries and communities- describing family celebrations
    • Customs and festivals in French speaking countries and communities- describing festivals and traditions
  • Local, national, international & global areas of interest:
    Travel and tourism
    • Plans, preferences, experiences, buying souvenirs ( usual holidays)
    • Past holidays
    • Ideal holidays
    • Booking and reviewing hotels
    • Ordering in a restaurant
    • Talking about travelling, holiday disasters ( imperfect)
    Local, national, international & global areas of interest:
    Home town, neighbourhood and region
    • Describing a region
    • Talking about town, village or district
    • Discussion on what to see and do
    • Discussion on plans and weather
    • Describing community projects Local, national, international & global areas of interest: Social and global issues
    • How to stay fit and healthy
    • Talking about unhealthy living
    • Talking about problems facing the word
    • Protecting the environment
    • Ethical shopping
    • Talking about volunteering
    • Talking about big events
  • Current and future study and employment:
    My studies& life at school/college
    • Talking about your school
    • Comparing school in the UK and French speaking countries
    • Describing school rules
    • Talking about a school exchange
    Current and future study and employment:
    Jobs, career choices and ambitions
    • Career choices
    • Talking about plans, hopes and wishes ( post-16)
    • Applying for jobs
    • Understanding case studies
    • REVISION of all topics
  • Social Issues and trends:
    Current trends

    1. La famille en voie de changement
    a. Grands-parents, parents et enfants-soucis et problèmes.
    b. Monoparentalité, homoparentalité, familles recomposées
    c. La vie de couple-nouvelles tendances
    d. Résumé
    2. La cyber-société
    a. Qui sont les cybernautes ?
    b. Comment la technologie facilite la vie quotidienne
    c. Quels dangers la « cyber-société » pose-t-elle ?
    d. Résumé
    3. Le rôle du bénévolat
    a. Qui sont et que font les bénévoles ?
    b. Le bénévolat-quelle valeur pour ceux qui sont aidés ?
    c. Le bénévolat- quelle valeur pour ceux qui aident ?
    d. Résumé
    Political and artistic culture:
    Artistic culture in the French –speaking world
    1. Une culture fière de son patrimoine culturel
    a. Le patrimoine sur le plan national, région et local
    b. Comment le patrimoine reflète la culture
    c. Le patrimoine et le tourisme
    d. Résumé
    2. La musique francophone contemporaine
    a. La diversité de la musique francophone contemporaine
    b. Qui écoute et apprécie cette musique ?
    c. Comment sauvegarder cette musique ?
    d. Résumé Political and artistic culture:
    Artistic culture in the French –speaking world
    1. Cinéma- le septième art
    a. Pourquoi le septième art?
    b. Le cinéma- une passion nationale
    c. Evaluation du cinéma- les grandes lignes
    d. Résumé
    e. La Haine
  • Social Issues and trends:
    Current Issues.

    1. Les aspects positifs d’une société diverse
    a. L’enrichissement dû à la mixité ethnique
    b. Diversité, tolérance et respect
    c. Diversité- un apprentissage pour la vie
    d. Résumé

    2. Quelle vie pour les marginalises ?
    a. Qui sont les marginalisés ?
    b. Quelle aide pour les marginalisés ?
    c. Quelles attitudes envers les marginalisés ?
    d. Résumé
    3. Comment on traite les criminels ?
    a. Quelles attitudes envers la criminalité ?
    b. La prison- échec ou succès ?
    c. D’autres sanctions
    d. Résumé Political and artistic culture:
    Aspects of political life in the French- Speaking world
    1. Les ados, le droit de vote et engagement politique
    a. Pour ou contre le droit de vote ?
    b. Les ados et l’engagement politique- motivés ou démotivés ?
    c. Quel avenir pour la politique ?
    2. Manifestations, grèves- à qui le pouvoir ?
    a. Le pouvoir des syndicats
    b. Manifestations et grèves- sont-elles efficaces ?
    c. Attitudes différentes ces tensions politiques
    d. Résumé
    3. La politique et l’immigration
    a. Solutions politiques à la question de l’immigration
    b. L’immigration et les partis politiques
    c. L’engagement politique chez les immigrés
    d. Résumé Artistic Culture in the French speaking world
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