Modern Foreign Languages
Our vision in the Modern Foreign Languages department is that all language learners develop the skills and confidence to consider themselves as ‘World Citizens’ who belong in a multicultural, mutually respectful world. We aim to support students to understand other countries and cultures so that they can be more open and adaptable to new experiences. The department is committed to developing strong, lifelong linguistic skills and to encourage students to become curious and interested in the world.
Ultimately, we want our students to have a love of languages, and aim to achieve this by nurturing a linguistic curiosity and an intrinsic motivation to explore and respect other cultures and people. We endeavour to inspire all MFL practitioners/peers through collaboration, support and modelling exceptional practice. Students need to be resilient language learners.
Within the MFL classroom, we consistently emphasise that it is ok to make mistakes. We believe where students learn is in deciding how they move on from these errors. Opportunities for reflection are built in at regular intervals, and the curriculum is designed to build students’ independence.
We assess 4 skills at least twice a year: Listening, Reading, Writing, Speaking. Each are worth 25% of the course at KS3 and KS4.
All classes are mixed ability. Not all classes in each year group are timetabled at the same time, so movement from one class to another is not always possible.
30 minutes per week – KS3
60 minutes per week – KS4
Every week students receive:
- Part 1: Independent Skills Work
- Part 2: Vocabulary learning
Enrichment & Extra Curricular Activities
Learning Enrichment Week trip to a European country – Year 7
Spanish Exchange to Madrid – Years 9 and 10
French Exchange to the Loire Valley – Year 10
Subject Learning Leader - Gillian Sims
Louise Blondell – Lead Practitioner
Key Stage 3
Students study either French or Spanish for 3 hours a week during Year 7 and 8, and they
- begin an adventure that ensures progression through deep knowledge of grammar and skills; a bespoke linguistic guide for each student begins to take shape
- understand and respond to spoken and written language from a variety of authentic sources
- speak with increasing confidence, fluency and spontaneity, finding ways of communicating what they want to say, including through discussion and asking questions, and continually improving the accuracy of their pronunciation and intonation
- can write at varying length, for different purposes and audiences, using the variety of grammatical structures that they have learnt
- discover and develop an appreciation of a range of writing in the language studied
Key Stage 4
Students may opt to study the language they studied at KS3. The AQA GCSE course enables students to:
- develop their ability to communicate confidently and coherently with native speakers in speech and writing, conveying what they want to say with increasing accuracy
- express and develop thoughts and ideas spontaneously and fluently
- listen to and understand clearly articulated, standard speech at near normal speed
- deepen their knowledge about how language works and enrich their vocabulary in order for them to increase their independent use and understanding of extended language in a wide range of contexts
- acquire new knowledge, skills and ways of thinking through the ability to understand and respond to a rich range of authentic spoken and written material, adapted and abridged, as appropriate, including literary texts
- develop awareness and understanding of the culture and identity of the countries and communities where the language is spoken
- be encouraged to make appropriate links to other areas of the curriculum to enable bilingual and deeper learning, where the language may become a medium for constructing and applying knowledge
- develop language learning skills both for immediate use and to prepare them for further language study and use in school, higher education or in employment
- develop language strategies, including repair strategies