The Languages department at Wallingford School aims to provide all students with the knowledge and skills they need to become able linguists and lifelong language learners. During MFL lessons we teach students to develop the four skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing as well as a sound knowledge of vocabulary, grammar and phonics rules which ensures they make strong progress and become increasingly more confident about using the language in both spoken and written forms.

All students have the chance to study both one Romance language (French) and one Germanic language (German) thereby gaining experience of 2 major European language families. All students entering the school start with either French or German in Year 7 and they pick up the second language in Year 8 and study both languages in Year 8 and 9. A great many students continue with one language at GCSE and we have an increasing number of dual linguists. Both French and German are offered at A-level.

We welcome students who come to the school already proficient in a foreign language and we are happy to facilitate an early GCSE where appropriate. 

We are fortunate to have a French and German Foreign Language Assistant on the MFL team and they offer individual conversation practice to all our A-Level linguists. 

Outside the classroom we offer a variety of competitions and events, such as Speed Language Learning for European Day of Languages, Duolingo language learning competitions and the Oxford German Network Sixth Form Kneipenquiz at Radley College. We also have close links to Oxford University and regularly take part in events such as the Year 9 Languages afternoon at Queen’s College, the year 12 Literature Masterclass and A-level Study Day at the Department of Education.

We believe that using the target language in real-life scenarios is essential and to this end we offer all students various opportunities to travel to France and Germany on day trips, residentials and Exchanges with our partner schools in Grenoble and Bad Wurzach. These visits also broaden our students’ cultural awareness and help them to develop tolerance, resilience and independence. 

KS3 French

1st Year of French (Year 7 or Year 8)

Term 1 - La Rentrée

Term 2 - En Classe

Term 3 - Mon Temps Libre

Term 4 - Ma Vie de Famille

Term 5 - En Ville

Term 6 - En Ville / Boulogne (Y7), Dieppe (Y8)

2nd Year of French (Year 8 or Year 9)

Term 1 - Vive les Vacances!

Term 2 - J’adore les fêtes

Term 3 - A loisir

Term 4 - Le monde est petit

Term 5 - Le sport en direct (Year 8) / Qui suis-je? (Year 9)

Term 6 - Dieppe (Year 8) Qui suis-je? (Year 9 - GCSE Module 1) 

3rd Year of French (Year 9)

Term 1 - Ma vie sociale d’ado

Term 2 - Bien dans sa peau

Term 3 - A l’horizon

Term 4 - Spécial Vacances

Terms 5 & 6 - Qui suis-je? (GCSE Module 1) 

GCSE French

Year 10

Term 1

Module 2: Le Temps des Loisirs

Term 2

Module 3: Jours Ordinaires, Jours de Fête

Terms 3 & 4

Module 4: De la ville à la campagne

Terms 5 & 6

Module 5: Le Grand Large

Year 11

Term 1

Module 6: Le Collège

Term 2

Module 7: Bon Travail

Term 3

Module 8:Un Œil sur le Monde

Terms 4 & 5

Revision

A Level French

Year 12

Term 1

  • Grammar Boost
  • La Famille
  • La Musique

Term 2

  • Film: La Haine
  • La Famille/L’Education
  • La Musique/Les Médias

Term 3

  • Film: La Haine
  • L’Education
  • Les Médias

Term 4

  • Film: La Haine
  • Le Travail
  • Les Médias/Les Festivals

Term 5

  • Film: La Haine
  • Le Travail
  • Les Festivals

Term 6

  • Revision
  • Novel: No et Moi
  • IRP

Year 13

Term 1

  • Novel: No et Moi
  • La France Occupée
  • IRP

Term 2

  • L’Immigration
  • Le Régime de Vichy
  • IRP

Term 3

  • L’Intégration
  • Le Régime de Vichy/ La Résistance
  • IRP

Term 4

  • L’Extrême-Droite
  • La Résistance
  • IRP

Term 5

  • Revision