modern foreign language

Modern Foreign Languages (MFL)

In MFL we aim to maintain and/or stimulate lasting pupil curiosity, interest and enjoyment in Modern Languages; to create an atmosphere where pupils wish to learn, so that they come to enjoy the subject, because they are active participants in it. 

We enable each student to achieve his/her potential in a variety of situations, using all available resources appropriately, to ensure the highest level of achievement for each student.

We work on developing the ability to use Modern Languages effectively for purposes of practical communication enabling pupils to be familiar with a body of knowledge, skills and vocabulary in Modern Languages. We encourage positive attitudes to learning a modern language and to speakers of that language, and a sympathetic approach to other cultures and civilisations. 

All students are given the opportunity to work independently and as part of a team in varied activities, contributing to the development of core skills such as I.T, reading, writing and speaking. We ensure that students have access to at least one Modern Foreign Language and experience success and enjoyment in their work. In MFL we strive to foster and encourage a lasting enjoyment and appreciation of Modern Languages and their associated culture and traditions.


  • Mrs H Sackfield - Head of Faculty / Teacher of French and German 
  • Miss C Bauer - Second in Department / Teacher of French and Spanish 
  • Mr D T Evans - Community Languages Lead, Teacher of French and German 
  • Miss E Ruiz-Gonzalez - Teacher of Spanish and French 
  • Mr B Howarth - Teacher of French and German

The school offers one language from French, German or Spanish to Year 7 students and this will be studied to GCSE level.

As well as using a great amount of authentic materials, we use the Pearson text books and interactive whiteboard material as follows: 

  • French – Studio 1 and Studio 2 
  • German – Stimmt 1 and Stimmt 2 
  • Spanish – Viva 1 and Viva 2 

All students have access to the MFL laptops and we subscribe to the acclaimed Linguascope website, which can be used on and off site.

'Choices at 14+' Booklet

Students can opt for their core language at GCSE. We currently work towards the AQA examination, entering at either Foundation or Higher tier depending on student ability. 

A wide variety of source materials are used to teach at GCSE. We also encourage students to use Microsoft Teams which contains all audio files relating to the current language course books. Examination students also have access to the laptops for intensive practice during the lunchtimes and after school in the lead up to the examination period. 

Currently there are three main topics of study: 

  1. Identity and culture
  2. Local, national, international and global areas of interest
  3. Current and future study and employment

Details of External Examinations 

This is a two year course and examinations in all skills will take place in the summer of the second year of study.

The examination award system is as follows:

  • Foundation Tier (Grades 1-5)
  • Higher Tier (Grades 4-9)

Students must take all four questions papers at the same tier All questions papers must be taken in the same examination period.

The examination structure is as follows:

  • Listening exam 35 minutes (F)
    45 minutes (H)
  • Speaking exam 7-9 minutes (F)
    10-12 minutes (H)
  • Reading exam 45 minutes (F)
    60 minutes (H)
  • Writing exam 60 minutes (F)
    75 minutes (H)

Each examination is weighted at 25% of the total GCSE marks.

Additional Information 

By choosing to study MFL to GCSE level, you will have the benefit of following a study programme which is carefully tailored to build on and revise, in its initial stages, the topics and grammar covered in KS3, meaning that there is a steady transition into Year 10.

You will be encouraged to develop a more independent approach to language learning which will enable you to achieve your potential at GCSE and help you gain a valuable insight into the language, culture and people of target language speaking countries.

There are many different ways for you to discover more about MFL at William Hulme’s. The department is well resourced with books, magazines, and audio and visual materials, and you can enhance independent study by accessing  Pearson Activelearn, GCSEPod and Seneca platforms; to which the school subscribes.

Through the study of a modern language our sixth formers learn to understand and appreciate different countries, cultures and people – and as they do so they are able to think of themselves as citizens of the world as well as of the United Kingdom. Our modern linguists build on their knowledge of the structures of the language that they have already learned up to GCSE level. They are encouraged to develop an understanding of the spoken and written forms of their chosen language from a variety of registers. They learn how to communicate confidently, clearly and effectively and to manipulate and apply the language in more sophisticated ways. 

Students develop critical insights into the contemporary society and culture of countries where their chosen language is spoken. The development of these skills, together with their knowledge and understanding of the structure of the language, lay foundations for future study either of the same language or of other languages at University. 

In Year 12 students are guided carefully through the transition from GCSE to A-level and they are encouraged to adopt a much more independent approach towards their studies. They are able to draw on a wide range of resources for their own independent research: they are taught how to surf the World Wide Web using their target language to find relevant articles for their coursework; they are encouraged to use email to correspond with their fellow linguists in other countries. 

They have access to magazines, various texts, audio and DVD materials in the Department’s well stocked library and in the Learning Resource Centre. Here they can work on a vast range of texts, past papers and individual assessment tasks. Students have the facility to download audio files in MP3 format in order to work on them outside school.  

The presence in this area of the French Cultural Delegation, the Goethe Institute and the Instituto Cervantes, as well as the proximity of several universities, gives our sixth form modern linguists access to a wide range of teaching materials, language days, play performances and films, all of which provide an invaluable extra dimension to their studies. 

Languages are widely viewed as increasingly important in today’s global economy and indeed many university departments such as Business Studies and Law look favourably upon applicants with a language ‘A’ level. Graduates of Modern Languages enjoy one of the highest employment rates of any subject in the UK. The many transferable skills they acquire through living and studying abroad gives them a competitive edge in an increasingly global job market. 

View more information on A Level French

View more information on A Level German

View more information on A Level Spanish 

RM Portico - all students have log in details

Linguascope - all students have log in details

Languages Online 

AQA - Exam Board

Pearson Activelearn



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