Modern Foreign Languages


The Modern Languages Department aims to be a centre of excellence for the teaching of a growing number of modern languages. Students are encouraged to cultivate an understanding of cultures and customs world-wide, 

The MFL Department firmly believes that students must have the opportunity to relate their language learning to the country concerned. With this in mind, exchange visits and study trips are organised for all three languages in KS3 and KS4. In the near future all students studying at AS level will be involved in work experience in France, Spain and China.

Students are given many opportunities to develop their skills to contribute to today’s internationally focused society.

Students use the most up-to-date language software, websites and media facilities to support their language learning.

 

General

Language learning is best done little and often, especially with vocabulary and grammar.

Learning homework in MFL is crucial so we would encourage parents to actively participate in their son / daughters learning by testing them regularly on grammar and vocabulary.

In KS3 there is always some assessment at the end of each half term and students will be aware of this.

If students don’t understand a piece of homework, it is expected that they will come to speak to the member of staff before the lesson.

 

Key Stage 3 (KS3)

The Year 7 and Year 8 schemes of work form an introduction to French, Spanish and Mandarin. The main aim, at this early stage, is to acquaint students with the sounds, basic grammar and vocabulary of each language respectively.

This knowledge will enable students to understand the spoken and written word in the target language and will allow them to converse using short sentences. As students progress, they will consolidate their comprehension skills, will be able to talk about themselves and their world and will possess the skills that will allow them to produce short dialogues.

Whilst each of the four disciplines, listening, speaking, reading and writing are constantly reinforced, the emphasis is placed squarely on the first two.   Literacy is reinforced through the use of short written exercises.  Oracy is consolidated through the development of presentation skills, the production of dialogues in the target language and drama.  Numeracy is reinforced regularly through the teaching of specific grammatical or linguistic aspects of each language and via a variety of games.

Cultural awareness in respect of the countries where the target language is spoken occupies an important place within the scheme of work. Amongst the topics to be studied are the culinary delights of France, Spain and China, school life, towns and cities and tourism, family, animals and clothes.

 

For Key Stage 4 options information, please click here.

Grade Descriptions


The study of French/Spanish/Mandarin will provide many opportunities to develop students’ understanding of spiritual, moral and cultural issues.

Throughout the study of the topic areas for French/Spanish/Mandarin, students will be able to explore the human condition in general. The content of our Schemes of Work will encourage understanding of moral issues and will foster recognition and sympathetic awareness of others’ beliefs and values.