Modern Foreign Languages (MFL)

Modern Foreign Languages (MFL)

Nowhere could it be more relevant and beneficial to learn modern foreign languages than in the internationally diverse environment of Kuala Lumpur and our GIS community.

Modern Foreign Languages at Garden International School

We acknowledge and celebrate the fact that many of our students come to us with a rich experience and knowledge of languages other than English making them proficient linguists with a natural advantage in the Modern Foreign Languages (MFL) classroom.

Regardless of their linguistic background, all of our students are given the opportunity to become a polyglot. Most GIS learners readily understand the importance of broadening their linguistic horizons and that in addition to opening many doors in their future, learning languages equips them with a wealth of skills that can be used throughout their lives.

Students’ literacy skills are usually the first to benefit from language learning: through their study of a new language, they become more aware of the grammatical function of different words and how they fit together. The exposure to new linguistic rules, be they similar or very different to those in one’s mother tongue, develops students’ ability to identify and follow patterns, thereby increasing their powers of analysis. This, combined with the frequent need to work out meaning from context strengthens students’ powers of deduction. The desire to express oneself and understand others in a foreign language often requires creativity and resilience as learners often need to find ways around the gaps in their knowledge.

It is all of these skills combined with the multilingualism that results from successful study of MFL that make the subject so attractive at prestigious universities around the world and employers from every industry.

However, most important of all of course, is the cultural enrichment and personal reward that the study of foreign languages brings. Trying out the language that one has learned in class for real purposes with native speakers and discovering that it works brings a huge sense of satisfaction and an understanding of how, with effective communication, barriers can be surmounted and doors opened.

It is our aim in the MFL Faculty to share our passion for languages with our students and for them to understand how valuable and deeply satisfying it is to become proficient in a language through study. We are committed to the communicative approach to teaching in order to expose students to as much target language as possible, modelling its effective use in lessons and encouraging students to do the same in order to lose the fear of making mistakes and build confidence.

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Why is it important to learn languages?

Nowhere could it be more relevant and beneficial to learn modern foreign languages than in the internationally diverse environment of Kuala Lumpur and our Garden School community.

We acknowledge and celebrate the fact that many of our students come to us with a rich experience and knowledge of languages other than English making them proficient linguists with a natural advantage in the Modern Foreign Languages (MFL) classroom. Regardless of their linguistic background, all of our students are given the opportunity to become a polyglot. Most GIS learners readily understand the importance of broadening their linguistic horizons and that in addition to opening many doors in their future, learning languages equips them with a wealth of skills that can be used throughout later life.

Students’ literacy skills are usually the first to benefit from language learning: through their study of a new language, they become more aware of the grammatical function of different words and how they fit together. The exposure to new linguistic rules, be they similar or very different to those in one’s mother tongue, develops students’ ability to identify and follow patterns thereby increasing their powers of analysis. This, combined with the frequent need to work out meaning from context strengthens students’ powers of deduction. The desire to express oneself and understand others in a foreign language often requires creativity and resilience as learners often need to find ways around the gaps in their knowledge.

It is all of these skills combined with the multilingualism that results from successful study of MFL that make the subject so attractive at prestigious universities around the world and employers from every industry.

However, most important of all of course, is the cultural enrichment and personal reward that the study of foreign languages brings. Trying out the language that one has learned in class for real purposes with native speakers and discovering that it works brings a huge sense of satisfaction and an understanding of how, with effective communication, barriers can be surmounted and doors opened.

It is our aim in the MFL Faculty to share our passion for languages with our students and for them to understand how valuable and deeply satisfying it is to become proficient in a language through study. We are committed to the communicative approach to teaching in order to expose students to as much target language as possible, modelling its effective use in lessons and encouraging students to do the same in order to lose the fear of making mistakes and build confidence.

Languages in Years 7, 8 and 9

Students in Years 7, 8 and 9 are given the opportunity to study two languages from a choice of Malay, Mandarin, Spanish and French. All Malaysian passport holders are required to study Malay as one of their choices and may choose one of the remaining three as their other option. Students have 210 minutes of curriculum time over the fortnight in each of their two languages.

Students are grouped according to ability and/or prior knowledge of the language. Where there are two classes of the same language being taught simultaneously, students are usually divided into an advanced group of those who have learned the language before and have demonstrated an aptitude in the subject and another of those who are either beginners or would benefit from consolidation of previously learned material. Where three classes of the same language take place simultaneously, they are usually split into the following ability ranges: beginners or near beginners, intermediate and advanced.

Regardless of their group, all students are given the opportunity to work at a pace that is appropriate to their ability and make excellent progress as teachers differentiate activities and resources to meet their students’ needs.

For French, Spanish and Mandarin, Schemes of Work are designed to follow the textbooks listed in the grid below although teachers supplement these with a wide range of other teaching material.

French Spanish Mandarin
Year 7 Tricolore 1 and 2 Zoom 1 Discovering Chinese
Year 8 Tricolore 2 and 3 Zoom 2 Discovering Chinese
Year 9 Tricolore 3 Listos 3 Discovering Chinese

Students are regularly assessed in order to allow teachers to gauge their attainment and to guide them effectively to identify strategies to make further progress. A wide number of assessment methods are used regularly in class from simple oral questioning, marking of homework, peer and self-assessment however, common assessments take place once every half-term and, with the exception of end of year examinations, focus on one skill only from the four key skills: listening, reading, speaking and writing.

Languages in Years 10 and 11

Students are prepared for the Cambridge IGCSE in French, Spanish, Mandarin and Malay.
A variety of teaching resources are used in addition to textbooks in the grid below around which the Schemes of Work for French, Spanish and Mandarin are designed.

French Spanish Mandarin
Tricolore 4 Year 10: Cambridge iGCSE Spanish Year 11:Listos 3 Easy Steps to Chinese Books 3 & 4

As for Years 10 and 11 students are assessed in one skill each term as follows:

Year 10

French Spanish Malay Mandarin
Term 1a Writing Listening Reading Speaking
Term 1b Speaking Reading Writing Writing
Term 2a Listening Wwriting Speaking Reading
Term 2b Reading Speaking Writing Listening
Term 3a Writing Listening Reading Speaking
Term 3b Mock Mock Mock Mock

Year 11

French Spanish Malay Mandarin
Term 1a Listening Writing Reading Reading
Term 1b Speaking Reading Speaking Writing
Term 2a Mock Mock Mock Mock
Term 2b Writing Listening Reading Listening
Term 3a Oral Oral Oral Oral
Term 3d IGCSE IGCSE IGCSE IGCSE

Mock examinations are designed to replicate  the format of the IGCSE which assesses students as follows:

French, Spanish, Mandarin Modern Foreign Language (MMFL)

Paper Skill Time Allocation Weighting
Paper 1 L French and Spanish 45 minutes MMFL 35 minutes 25%
Paper 2 R French and Spanish 60 minutes
MMFL 75 minutes
25%
Paper 3 S All languages: 15 minutes 25%
Paper 4 W 60 minutes MMFL 75 minutes 25%

Mandarin Second Language

Paper Skill Time Allocation Weighting
Paper 1 R & W 2 hours 70%
Paper 2 S 10-12 minutes 30%

Malay

Paper Skill Time Allocation Weighting
Paper 1 R & Directed Writing 90 minutes 35%
Paper 2 S 15 minutes 30%
Paper 3 Continue Writing 75 minutes 35%

Throughout Key Stage 4, students will cover the following topics:

French, Spanish  & Mandarin

Everyday activities Home life and school
Food, health and fitness
Personal and social life Self, family and personal relationships
Holidays and special occasions
The world around us Home town and local area
Natural and made environment
People, places and customs
The world of work Continuing education
Careers and employment
* Language and communication in the work place
The international world Tourism at home and abroad
Life in other countries and communities
* World events and issues

* French and Spanish only

Malay

Term Year 10 Year 11
1a Unit 1: School Unit 7: Holidays
1b Unit 2: Personality/ Friends Unit 8: House/ Restaurants
2a Unit 3: Cinema/ Entertainment Unit 9: Food/ Illnesses/ Visit A Doctor
2b Unit 4: Job/ Work Experience Unit 10: Journey/ Transport
3a Unit 5: Town/ Environment Revision
3b Unit 6: Shopping IGCSE EXAMINATIONS

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