MFL Department

Staff:
Michelle La Roche - Head of Faculty Spanish/ French Teacher
Michael McCusker - Head of  MFL  Spanish/ French Teacher
Leanne Mariage -  Mentor, SCITT French/ Spanish Teacher
William Marsden -  Mentor, SCITT French/ Spanish Teacher
Sergio Alba Gonzalez - Spanish Teacher
Jen O’Brien - French Teacher
Alexis Bardiaux-Stansby - French Teacher
Arnaud Muthular - French Teacher


Overview
The Modern Foreign Languages department has a fun and positive environment that engages students in all aspects of language learning. Our aim is to make learning enjoyable and allow students, of all abilities, to discover the world of other languages and cultures through games, interactive activities, student-led exercises and research projects.

Most teaching is done in target language, allowing students to hear and speak the language from the moment they walk through our doors. Students are actively encouraged to practice the same skills at home and often enjoy teaching their parents, carers and siblings words and phrases they have learned in their lessons – allowing them to explore their own learning through teaching. We believe that this helps bring families together in learning something new, or reviving something from past school days.

What Will I Learn?
Students in year 7 and 8 learn both French and Spanish. Each language is taught alongside the other. This means students have a lesson of French and a lesson of Spanish, every week.

This allows students to learn, and use, the cognates from each language to improve in the other and shows students that language learning does not need to be a scary experience.

In year 9, M band students continue learning both French or Spanish. Students in N and O bands will study one language to allow them to persevere to the level of language needed to opt for a GCSE in a language. This is when we start to introduce elements of learning that will push our students to achieve their very best.

Learning@Home
We have a wealth of materials on the student pool drive to allow them to learn at home. We would actively encourage parents to work through the worksheets that students have access to and to help them mark their answers. This type of experience is a great way to encourage your child to work within the framework set at school and to make it a collaborative experience. 

Trips 
Residential courses are offered for all students, over the year. 

We run a residential trip to the Opal Coast in France and to an area of interest in Spain. 

Students have language classes and get to see how different cultures use language in different ways. There are cultural visits and students are actively encouraged to use their language skills. 

Results 
We are very proud to say that our GCSE results in both French and Spanish are above national average. This really is testement to the hard work and engagement that students have with their language learning. 


We challenge, enthuse and engage our students to achieve their very best.