Modern Foreign Languages
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, students study either French or Spanish allowing them to persevere to the level of language needed to apply 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.
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.
We have in the past, run residential courses which have been offered for all students, over the year.
It will be our hope that, in the future, we will be able to offer trips such as a residential 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.
We are very proud to say that our GCSE results in both French and Spanish are above national average. This really is testament 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.
Michelle La Roche
MFL Head of Faculty