Modern Foreign Languages

The Modern Foreign Languages department at More House teaches three core languages; French, German and Spanish.

All girls at More House study French, German or Spanish and all take at least one language at GCSE. Our aim is to enable girls to understand and communicate in everyday situations and create interest and curiosity about foreign languages and other cultures. Knowledge of foreign languages can transform personal relations and experiences, and enhance professional opportunities.  In addition to French, German or Spanish girls can take up Italian or Mandarin after school and we also enable girls to prepare for GCSEs in their native language; this year we have pupils taking GCSEs and A Levels in Arabic, Italian, Japanese, Persian and Russian as well as French and Spanish native speakers sitting GCSEs in Year 9.


Head of Department

Mr M Carroll


Ms C Gremillet


Miss S Brown


Miss N Stojanovic


1. To promote enthusiasm for communication in the foreign language, interest in current issues pertaining to the relevant countries and the UK, and an understanding of other cultures, thus encouraging tolerance.

2. To assist in the development of the whole person through the study of an academic discipline that provides access to different cultures. 

3. To provide, in accordance with the aims of the school, the opportunity for every pupil to fulfil their potential in languages, through differentiation and efforts to meet individual needs, in an atmosphere of mutual respect and support. 

4. To equip pupils with skills which will be of practical use, providing them with wider career opportunities.

5. To encourage pride in achievement both by rewarding good work through regular assessment and discussion and also by encouraging girls to set their own targets and to compete with themselves as well as each other.

YEARS 7, 8 AND 9

In Year 7 all girls learn German and French. For some pupils this is a beginners’ course, whose aim is to introduce the basic vocabulary, give confidence to speak and to make the pupil feel at ease with the language. The aim is to teach some core language and in addition, provide material which will encourage progression for all pupils. 

In Year 8 girls either continue with German and French, decide to study Spanish instead of German or concentrate on French. The girls continue to build their vocabulary and learn to master the past, present and future tenses. 

In Year 9 girls continue with the languages chosen in year 8 and prepare for the GCSE course. The imperfect and conditional tenses are introduced and more key vocabulary is taught.  After three years' study pupils are able to understand and communicate in everyday situations, which for example arise on school trips or on family holidays. 


The new GCSE assesses the four main skills; listening, reading, speaking and writing.  There will be four exams all of which are taken at the end of Year 11. All exams will assess understanding of the main topics and themes which are:

• Local Area

• Identity and Culture

• Holiday and travel

• School and education

• Future aspirations, study and work

• International and global dimensions

Paper 1: Listening and Understanding in French, German or Spanish.

This paper counts for 25% of final grade.

50 minute examination at the end of Year 11

Students are assessed on their understanding of spoken target language.

Students will respond to multiple choice and short answer open response questions in English.

Paper 2: Speaking in French, German or Spanish.

This paper counts for 25% of final grade.

Internally conducted and externally assessed.

Foundation tier: 7-9 minutes

Higher tier: 10-12 minutes

Students are assessed on their ability to communicate in target language for different purposes and in different settings.

Task 1: Role-play based on one topic

Task 2: Questions based on a picture stimulus

Task 3: Conversation based on two themes. One topic is chosen by the pupil the other is set by the exam board.

Paper 3: Reading and Understanding in French, German or Spanish.

This paper counts for 25% of final grade.

45 minute written examination at the end of Year 11.

Students are assessed on their understanding of the written target language across a range of different texts. The final task requires students to translate phrases from French, German or Spanish into English. 

Paper 4: Writing in French, German or Spanish

This paper counts for 25% of final grade.

70 minute written examination at the end of Year 11.

Foundation tier: Three extended response questions and one translation into French, German or Spanish.

Higher tier: Two extended response questions and one translation into French, German or Spanish.


French – Edexcel 

Spanish – Edexcel 

German – WJEC

An A Level in French, German or Spanish is suitable for those pupils who have enjoyed studying a language at GCSE and who wish to further their understanding of the language and culture of the France, Germany or Spain. Languages are an excellent choice as they are highly regarded by universities and seen as a facilitating subject which allows access a wide variety of university courses.

In Lower 6th you will study two key topics with the focus on the country of the language you are studying. The first main theme relates to French, German or Spanish society and covers interesting topics such as attitudes towards marriage, family, education and the world of work. The second main theme is politics and culture; this allows pupils to study the music, media, festivals and traditions of France, Germany or Spain. Pupils are also required to study a set text or film, discussing the themes and the relevance of the work to contemporary society, in the way you would study English literature or film.

In Upper 6th you will revise the content covered in Lower 6th and go on to discuss immigration and multicultural society in France, Germany or Spain. In addition to the work studied at AS you are required to study a second book or film which is related to the French Resistance, German reunification or the Spanish Civil War and the rise of Franco.

Throughout the course you will study the tenses and grammatical points of the target language and learn how to write and speak independently for a wide range of purposes. The skills of interpreting and translation are also introduced and practiced throughout the course. 


At More House we are very lucky to be in close proximity to the German, French and Spanish institutes which allow many opportunities for trips and independent learning. Pupils are taught in small classes and have the opportunity to work with the foreign language assistants on an individual basis, which is an invaluable resource in the run up to the speaking exams. We offer trips to France, Germany and Spain and girls are also encouraged to attend clubs with French, German or Spanish native speakers throughout the school to help improve confidence and fluency. In the past L6th German pupils have spent a week in Dortmund completing work experience at German companies and there is an annual trip to Montpellier where girls stay with host families and attend a French language school. The Spanish department also runs a trip to Alicante aimed at improving oral proficiency.