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How to improve in MFL in Years 7 and 8

Help for students and parents

We encourage all our students to reflect on their learning in lessons and use feedback from their teachers to help them improve. Below, you will find the ‘statements for improvement’ that summarise the feedback students are given.

These statements are used on termly reports sent to parents. Students and parents are asked to look at the further guidance below to help clarify the statements on the reports.

Statement for improvement

Advice / Example

1.      Use the end of unit summaries to check spelling and accents

Have the end of unit summary open when writing and use it to systematically check your work

2.      Participate more frequently in spoken work in class

Try to put your hand up at least once per lesson

3.      Make sure you listen carefully to the second recording of audio tracks to check your answers

Don’t assume that you have all of the answers after the first attempt. Listen again to make sure you didn’t miss anything.

4.      Systematically give and justify opinions

Always give a reason for your opinion, e.g. I love swimming because it is relaxing.

5.      Include connectives and intensifiers to enhance your range of language - example

Connectives: and, but, because, also, etc.

Intensifiers: very, quite, really, too, etc.

6.      Complete and refer back to your corrections following written feedback

It is expected that you will complete corrections and look at your last piece of homework before writing the next one.

7.      Add detail to your spoken/written answers

Always try to include extra details, such as: who, where, when, why, how, how often, etc.

8.      Use the checklist given to ensure you complete tasks correctly

The checklist is designed to support you in completing the task successfully. Use it to check that you have included all of the details required.

9.      Ensure you read texts thoroughly before answering questions

You may need to read a text twice to fully understand it.

10.  Use a range of tenses in your work

When appropriate, try to include activities in the past, present and future.

11.  Use a dictionary to extend your vocabulary

Do not look up whole phrases or sentences, but choose single words to help extend your range of vocabulary.

12.  Practise little and often when learning vocabulary

Here is a link to a list of useful strategies to help you:


13.  Experiment with different strategies for learning vocabulary

14.  Check your tenses carefully

Use the grammar section/verb table at the back of the textbook and your grammar notes

15.  Listen carefully to audio material and repeat words and phrases to improve your pronunciation

When revising vocabulary through a website, e.g. Linguascope or Quizlet, try to copy the pronunciation.

16.  Increase the range of vocabulary you use in your written and spoken work

Try to avoid repeating same words.

17.  Check word order carefully

Don’t translate word for word. Check you have applied the word order rules you have learnt.