The MFL department strongly believes that MFL has a key place in the curriculum at all key stages. Language learning equips pupils with essential life and employability skills. A pupil’s knowledge and mastery of English is supported at all levels through study of a foreign language, underpinning the drive for improved literacy. Pupils must demonstrate resilience, creativity, the ability to communicate as well as the ability to reflect on and improve their progress. Employer surveys show that pupils’ future employability is enhanced by knowledge of a foreign language, added to which pupils have a wide range of opportunities through their language study.
For more information, please refer to year group curriculum information booklets (found under Curriclum, organised by year group) or contact the head of department, Mr M Thompson.
Communication is the key element in language learning, so to encourage this we use a range of technology in our lessons, such as flip cameras, voice recording microphones and voting pads, allowing pupils to use language in context and really interact. We have 6 recently refurbished dedicated language classrooms, which all have interactive whiteboards. In addition to this, we have video conferencing facilities in one room, which allows us to bring the real world into lessons and create meaningful language learning experiences for our pupils. We have 32 laptops for pupil use across the department, giving pupils access to a range of media based resources. Our aim is to encourage all pupils to develop a love of language learning at all levels.
Pupils study French, German or Spanish from Year 7 (language assigned by school) until the end of Year 9. Depending on their assigned pathway, pupils will either continue to study this language at KS4 as part of their core curriculum and take their GCSE at the end of Year 11 or they can choose to do GCSE MFL as one of their option choices. Courses at both KS3 and KS4 focus on all four skills areas of listening, speaking, reading and writing and encourage pupils to communicate and use language for real purposes.
In addition to 8 qualified linguists (French, German and Spanish specialists) we have an international coordinator to enrich our curriculum and provide stimulating learning experiences for all pupils.
Pupils have the opportunity to attend the MFL lunchtime club which gives them the opportunity to practise their language skills and learn about different languages and cultures.
We run the Language Leaders Programme for pupils in Year 9, giving them the chance to combine their language skills with enterprising qualities and share their expertise with local primary school pupils.
We promote cultural diversity and as such, celebrate a variety of special events throughout the year, for example, European Day of Languages (September) and Chinese New Year (February). This gives pupils a sense of the wider world and fosters an interest in other cultures and customs. To further develop cultural understanding we run a variety of trips and encourage as many pupils as possible to take part.