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In the MFL (Modern Foreign Languages) department we pride ourselves on obtaining excellent results. Not only do we have a long record of A and A* grades at International GCSE and A level but, more importantly, our students learn to use the target language effectively and with confidence.
Mallorca (Majorca) is home to a large international community. Many parents choose to send their children to King Richard III College especially to learn languages. Many of our international students are more than bilingual: they soon learn to switch with ease between English and Spanish, Catalan, French and German.
French native speakers in Mallorca (Majorca) need to learn how to read and write French accurately and effectively so we also work on improving their literacy skills from Year 4 with basic spelling rules, progressing to advanced analysis of French literature at A Level.
Key Stage 3
Foreign Language French students follow the English National Curriculum in Modern Foreign Languages. At Key Stage 3 pupils develop competence in listening, speaking, reading and writing, based on a sound foundation of core grammar and vocabulary. This enables pupils to understand and communicate personal and factual information that goes beyond their immediate needs and interests, developing and justifying points of view in speech and writing, with increased spontaneity, independence and accuracy.
Native French speakers follow a separate curriculum and take their IGCSE German in Year 9.
The course provides suitable preparation for further study at IGCSE.
At Key Stage 4 (Years 10-11), pupils can choose to continue with German in order to attain the IGCSE from Cambridge following syllabus 0520. The syllabus is designed for students who are learning French as a foreign language. The aim is to develop an ability to use the language effectively for practical communication during the 2 year course.
The course is based on the linked language skills of listening, reading, speaking and writing, and these are built upon as learners progress.
The syllabus also aims to offer insights into the culture of countries where French is spoken, thus encouraging positive attitudes towards language learning and towards speakers of other languages.
In Years 12 and 13, students may choose to continue French to AS or A level where we follow the Cambridge syllabus 9716. At this level the emphasis is on discussing issues in today’s society and on expressing, justifying opinions and developing convincing arguments, both in speaking and in writing.
At A Level students also study French literature and films.
Talented native French speakers may complete the full A Level in Year 12 in line with our accelerated learning programme.