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 also home to many German nationals who choose to send their children to King Richard III College. Like many of our international students, our German pupils are more than bilingual: they soon learn to switch with ease between German, English and Spanish.
German speakers in Mallorca (Majorca) need to learn how to read and write German accurately and effectively so we work on improving their literacy skills from Year 4 with basic spelling rules, progressing to advanced analysis of German literature at A Level.
German universities require German A Level from international students, even if German is their mother tongue.
Key Stage 3
Foreign Language German 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 German 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 0525. The syllabus is designed for students who are learning German 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 German 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 German to AS or A level to following the Cambridge syllabus 9717. 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 German literature and films.
Talented native German speakers may complete the full A Level in Year 12 in line with our accelerated learning programme.