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Could this finally makes things easier?

Discussion in 'Modern foreign languages' started by sbkrobson, Nov 6, 2019.

  1. sbkrobson

    sbkrobson Star commenter

    Hi
    I am just posting the recent gov announcement about MFL grade boundaries , and am asking myself how this is going to pan out, in particular as it specifically sets out to address diminishing uptake of French and German.
    Surely a less circuitous way of achieving this is to ensure that schools have budget and curricular time to deliver these subjects in the first place?!!
    Would be nice to hear the thoughts of other practitioners-
    Here-
    https://www.gov.uk/government/news/inter-subject-comparability-in-gcse-modern-foreign-languages

    I also wondered, obviously, if Spanish teachers feel their noses put out of joint a little?
     
    Lara mfl 05 likes this.
  2. Lara mfl 05

    Lara mfl 05 Star commenter

    i must admit i do hope the 'take-up ' for languages could increase with this measure.
    The thing is as we are all aware it is the problems with 'non-repeat mis-spellings / use of accents' which is the biggest hurdle to students achieving those high marks. :rolleyes:

    I do think Spanish and Italian have fewer problems in that areas o right to start with the more 'problematic languages first.

    And yes having adequate time to really deliver the practice necessary would always be welcome. :D
     
  3. veverett

    veverett Occasional commenter

    The actual content and difficulty of the exam is not the most important factor. It was the fact that the new gcse was set up before any teaching or exams had taken place, to make sure that on average pupils of the same prior achievement at ks2 Sats, would go on to get a grade lower than other subjects. By design.
     
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  4. veverett

    veverett Occasional commenter

  5. diddydave

    diddydave Occasional commenter

    The government may have noticed that if they want schools to move thousands of children into particular courses all they have to do is make that course one that gets higher grades for less work (see that other 'language' course, the ECDL :p). Much easier than spending any more money or providing resources!
     

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