MFL (Modern Foreign Languages)
‘If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart’. Nelson Mandela
Languages are part of the cultural richness of our society and the world in which we live. We would like our pupils to become global citizens and develop their understanding of different countries and cultures through their study of languages. We aim to engage and motivate pupils to succeed in their studies, to build confidence in their ability to communicate, to foster independence as well as increase their employment prospects.
Key Stage 3
Pupils study either French and German or French and Spanish in years 7 and 8. Throughout key stage 3 we aim to build a solid grammatical foundation so that pupils can express themselves and create their own language. In all three subjects we aim to increase confidence in speaking and writing skills and create resilient learners who enjoy their lessons. Topics covered include school, hobbies and interest, holidays and tourism, self and family, home town and local area.
In year 9, pupils will specialise in one language in order to prepare them effectively for the new style GCSEs. Pupils will improve their skills in the fours areas of listening, speaking, reading and writing: we focus on improving tenses and on introducing more complex language. Assessment tasks throughout key stage 3 will mirror the types of tasks expected at GCSE level.
Key Stage 4
Most pupils will study one language. There are four parts to the exam: listening, speaking, reading and writing. Pupils will continue to build upon KS3 skills and will study three main themes. Theme 1: Identity and culture. Theme 2: Local, national, international and global areas of interest. Theme 3: Current and future study and employment. Pupils will be examined at either higher or foundation level and will learn to communicate spontaneously as well as develop skills in translation from and into the target language. Assessment will be regular and identify areas of success and areas for improvement, and pupils will be supported to achieve their best throughout the course.
A qualification in a modern foreign language can open many doors and create opportunities for the future both personally and professionally. Careers can include:
Interpreting, teaching, translating, marketing, buying and sales, advertising, working for airlines, foreign civil service, tourist industry and hotel management, editing and publishing, event management, imports and exports, logistics