Modern Foreign Languages
The MFL department at Wakefield City Academy offers two languages - French and Urdu. All students study French in Year 7 to build on the language learning encountered at Primary School, whilst in Year 8 students then have a choice between either French or Urdu.
As they progress through the academy, students begin to develop and acquire the skills needed to communicate effectively abroad. In Year 9, all students who study French begin the new GCSE (1-9) course, to allow them to make a considered choice as to whether to continue with the AQA GCSE course in Years 10 and 11 as an EBacc option choice.
Students studying Urdu will complete the British Airways Language Flag Award in Year 9 – a vocational oral qualification which promotes confidence in speaking and links languages at school with the world of work. The students that choose to continue studying Urdu into Year 10 and 11 will follow the AQA GCSE in the language covering topics such as Travel and Tourism, Work and Employment, Sport and Leisure and Media and Culture.
The department also organises several visits each year, including one residential to France every two years, which is open to all students. We alternate between a Christmas visit to Paris and Disneyland and a summer visit to the Opal coast in northern France. We also run visits closer to home, to local cinemas for foreign language film festivals and to authentic restaurants both in Wakefield and Bradford for students to practice their speaking skills.The department uses a wide range of ICT resources to bring the target countries into our classrooms to engage (including our own class set of tablet computers). We also study authentic French literature such as “Le Petit Nicolas” by Rene Goscinny. To update our students with news and links to fun things from the target language countries, we have our own Facebook page and Twitter feed check us out at: