Ms L Fusano

Head of MFL & Professional Mentor

Mrs V Gaine

Assistant Head of MFL

Miss T Shore

Teacher of MFL

Mr J Holley

Teacher of MFL



Languages are all around us; they are used in so many situations whether at work, on holiday or just casually in day-to-day life – we live in a multilingual global society. Learning a language is a really smart move if you want a fascinating subject that offers you a range of career possibilities at the end and are a lot of fun along the way.

At The Hamble School, The Modern Foreign Languages department offers 3 languages:

French, Spanish and Italian in main lessons.

We give students the opportunity to learn the basics of a language in the first two years and then develop it in the following three years. Students get to enhance their levels in the 4 skills (Listening, Speaking, Reading & Writing) and they also get exposed to new cultures and a variety of approaches. The department organises trips abroad, cultural exchanges and welcomes a variety of visitors from all over the world.

KS3 Overview

Students follow a cultural awareness and a grammar awareness course during the first term and then they start with Spanish.

In the spring term and the summer term, students will learn the basics of Spanish and practise new language skills and they improve their productive skills (Speaking and Writing) to prepare for Year 8.

During their first year students learn how to introduce themselves and talk about their hobbies, their families and their school in both languages. They are taught grammatical and dictionary skills through interactive methods, using a variety of resources such as websites, songs, video clips and games.

During this first year, to ensure that students get the best out of their language experience, there are two trips available and several in-class cultural events. Towards the end of the first year, students get the chance to use their language skills in other departments (such as Drama and Food Technology) and start working creatively with languages.

Students in Year 8 deepen their competency in the Foreign Language and develop their listening, reading, writing and speaking skills. They begin a Foundation Certificate of Secondary Education (FCSE) which gives them a recognised language qualification as well as an excellent preparation for GCSEs. They learn to express opinions on a variety of topics and to talk about plans they have for the future. Students are encouraged to use their creativity and enjoy taking part in role-plays, making video clips and using their ICT skills to develop their language learning.

There are three levels of award available: AQA Level 1 Certificate in French (Foundation Certificate of Secondary Education) – Pass, Merit and Distinction.

FCSE is 100% internally-assessed by the centre.

Students are expected to produce 12 assignments, 10 of which are to be submitted (for example, three Listening, three Reading, three Writing plus one recorded Speaking assignment).

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MFL KS3 Overview

KS4 Overview

In Key Stage 4, students study a language to GCSE level.

The AQA GCSE in languages requires students to:

  • listen and respond to different types of spoken language
  • communicate in speech for a variety of purposes
  • read and respond to different types of written language
  • communicate in writing for a variety of purposes
  • use and understand a range of vocabulary and structures
  • understand and apply the grammar of the language

During the three year GCSE course students study four topic areas:

1: Media and culture

  • Music/film/reading
  • Fashion/celebrities/religion
  • Blogs/internet

2: Sport and leisure

  • Hobbies/interests
  • Sporting events
  • Lifestyle choices

3: Travel and Tourism

  • Holidays
  • Accommodation
  • Eating, food, drink

4: Business, work and employment

  • Work experience/part-time jobs
  • Product or service information

Students gain a deeper understanding of grammar and produce work which encourages individual thoughts, responses and ideas.

In the new GCSE all 4 skills will be assessed, but it will be all exam based. Breakdown as follows:

One reading exam (25%), one listening exam (25%), one writing exam (25%) and one speaking exam with the MFL teacher (25%).

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MFL KS4 Overview

Useful Websites

Revision Guides

  • French/Spanish/ Italian Revision guide. Given to students.

Career Opportunities

Some modern language graduates work on a self- employed basis as interpreters or translators. However, many others choose careers not directly related to their subject but where there is the opportunity to use their language skills, for example working for companies who trade or offer services internationally or to non-English speaking customers and suppliers.

This means that language graduates work for a huge variety of employers and sectors, including:

  • business services
  • charity work
  • engineering
  • media
  • museums and libraries
  • public administration
  • teaching
  • tourism
  • transport and logistics

Link to learn more about the variety of careers linked to languages: