Assessment inspiration for MFL

Heather Imrie
03rd November 2015
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Lisa Stevens, teacher and specialist, picks her favourite resources to facilitate assessment in MFL lessons across languages and key stages at secondary.

Languages teachers have to assess pupils individually across four different skill areas on a variety of topics, whilst ensuring students are clear on how they are progressing and what they need to do to improve their speaking, writing, listening and reading skills. This is no small task!

As such, here are a variety of resources, shared by Authors on TES, with adaptable assessments for use in lessons, student support tools to facilitate self- and peer-assessment, plus ideas and strategies to support teachers in tracking pupil progress.


  1. Ideal to use at the start of Year 7, or to revisit through the year as a marker of progress, this baseline assessment is helpful to show how much French pupils have retained from their primary lessons.

  2. For your GCSE students, get your marking organised with this tracking spreadsheet for French and Spanish which shows pupils' progress towards certain grades on the AQA specification.


  3. This helpsheet comes in a grid format and highlights A* ingredients for controlled assessments to support your high achieving students in extending their work.


  4. Take a holistic approach to assessment using this helpful document that outlines how you can assess without levels in MFL.


  5. These resources explain how to train your students to partake in structured speaking assessments, based on a speed dating format, and which can be graded by peers.


  6. Ensure pupils feel active and independent in their speaking preparation with this GCSE self-assessment activity and checklist that suggests action points and next steps.


  7. Ideal for an IT lesson where pupils work individually, this presentation has an embedded listening comprehension task that tests understanding of a clip about tourism in Málaga.


  8. Facilitate peer assessment using this clear writing task and language grid, which reinforces the different elements that students can include to develop their writing to a higher quality.


  9. Guide pupils towards a higher grade using this controlled assessment preparation mat that provides reminders of useful language points and vocabulary in German.


  10. Explain how students can use assessment criteria to inform their work in this German self-assessment speaking activity on the subject of health and sport.



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