Languages are for life. The study of a modern foreign language is seen as an important part of our pupils’ education as languages are part of the cultural richness of our society and the world in which we live and work. Learning languages contributes to mutual understanding, a sense of global citizenship and personal fulfilment. Pupils learn to appreciate different countries, cultures, communities and people. The ability to understand and communicate in another language is a lifelong skill for education, employment and leisure in this country and throughout the world.
The department’s vision is to continually improve standards through an engaging and challenging curriculum which values the strengths of all and celebrates success. Competency in a foreign language unlocks the technological, enterprise and vocational abilities which enhance the employability skills of our pupils. We aim to promote cultural awareness and develop our young people into global citizens of the 21st century.
Building on the multilingual nature of our students, we are proud to offer a wide range of Modern Foreign languages, both European and non-European languages. All students in year 7 choose one of the three languages offered i.e. French, Urdu and Bengali and continue it to the end of Year 11. We are keen to develop language learning skills as well as a cultural awareness, alongside the language acquisition. The department is keen to try out new technologies and believes in an interactive approach to learning. Students who obtain a GCSE in a modern foreign language with a C grade or above have greater chances to qualify for the English Baccalaureate qualification. The MFL Team shares ideas in planning and delivering the curriculum with the emphasis on active learning and fun, whilst being underpinned by grammar and structure.
Pupils continue the development of their four language skills from Key Stage 3 through to Key Stage 4 and widen their range of language and structures to enable them to understand more complex spoken and written material and have the potential to express themselves orally and in writing with greater accuracy and complexity.
Currently pupils take examinations in listening and reading comprehension skills and must undertake two controlled speaking tasks and two controlled writing tasks. The areas studied for these examinations are as follows:
Speaking & Writing Themes and Listening & Reading Topic Areas