Modern Foreign Languages
"Our work is marked and with regular and insightful feedback"
“We get help with our work and how to improve it before we complete our final version”
The aim for the MFL department is that we want to develop skills in our students which enables them to use French and or Spanish to a high standard in their future career and lives. The students will be assessed on their speaking, writing, listening and reading skills. They will study a range of topics, such as talking about their own lives to looking at the local area in which they live and the environment. Students who do study a modern foreign language to GCSE and beyond are more likely to be accepted at university and find a profession in the future.
“Students perception of learning languages a positive one!” – CFBT Advisor
One of the key indicators for the department is the fact that each year more and more students are opting to study French at GCSE as part of the EBAC Qualification. Students are now in agreement with teachers that language learning is important for their futures. As a result of this, we now want to offer Spanish this year.
“The secret to a good lesson is….”
We asked the current students in Year 10 what they felt improved their language lessons. They were very insightful and their replies mirrored the national picture in terms of “outstanding” teaching and learning.
These are a sample of the things that they said;
“More group work”
“More exciting and dynamic Lessons”
“Make learning relevant. More trips”
“The consistency of teaching staff”
“Improved behaviour of students in the lessons.”
Students are encouraged to be creative, independent thinkers, acquiring the skills needed to solve complex problems, demonstrate creativity and secure high levels of attainment. Through the use of carefully selected courses, excellent ICT facilities and dedicated staff students are given boundless opportunities to excel. We are proud to be able to offer a broad and balanced curriculum, enabling progression and greater opportunities for further study and development.
At Key Stage 3 students follow the national curriculum, which comprises listening, speaking, reading and writing in the target language. The work is topic bases and students will be exposed to a large amount of vocabulary and grammar along the way. For this reason we consider it an essential requirement that students develop a high degree of literacy to be able to understand and interact with others in later life and the ability to speak more than one language supports this.
At Key Stage 4 the transition is a very important step along the educational journey and requires careful thought and reflection. We offer the following courses at Key Stage 4 in MFL :
• GCSE French
• GCSE Spanish
We offer the following courses at Key Stage 5 that provide students with the options of following a pathway which will enable them to forge a career using languages.
• A Level French
• A Level German
• A Level Spanish
Through our courses students can follow a number of career pathways including translation, banking and investment, marketing, human resources, law and teaching.
Mr Scrimshaw runs a French enrichment club every Tuesday at the same time Miss Arcos-Villanueva runs the same for Spanish. We also offer a Korean enrichment club on a Tuesday at 3.15-4.15 which is open to all students and this is taught by an external teacher as part of a link we have with the Korean Embassy.