MFL - Modern Foreign Languages
One language sets you in a corridor for life. Two languages open every door along the way
Studying a language doesn’t only enable students to communicate in another language than English but also enables students to discover other cultures, traditions, and lifestyles.
Learning a language is a key aspect of broadening students’ horizons. We aim at providing students with a stimulating learning environment where they can grow in confidence in communicating in a 2nd language, sometimes 3rd or 4th language depending on individual cultural heritage. We hope that our students will become confident orators in a 2nd language and gain the knowledge to understand a wide variety of information in the language studied.
Students with an additional language will held a significant place in a very competitive job market and the global society.
Currently there are six teachers in the Languages Faculty:
- Mr Laurent Charruau - Director of Learning
- Miss Jessica Saunders
- Miss Amanda Williams
- Mrs Anne Woodcock
- Miss Nia Jones
Although only French and Spanish are taught in the Academy, the staff in the faculty has a wider wealth of knowledge and can support students in Catalan, German, Italian, Swedish, Polish and Chinese (Mandarin).
What can a student expect from the Faculty?
- Qualified, enthusiastic and committed teaching staff
- Help, guidance and support
- High expectations and challenge
- An interesting and relevant course for the future
- Key Stage 3 MFL Club Mondays 3.15 to 4.15pm
- Support and speaking practice Key Stage 4 MFL Mondays 3.15 to 4.15pm
- Key stage 4 MFL Thursdays 3.15 to 6pm
- To provide an environment where students are engaged in the learning of a Language.
- To provide an environment where students feel comfortable to communicate in another language than English.
- To develop a love of learning a language.
- To develop students’ ability to manipulate the language and become more independent.
- To develop students’ curiosity towards other cultures and to recognize the richness of cultural diversity.
- To develop thinking skills and approaches to problem solving.
- To develop the ability to express opinions and points of view.
- To ensure tolerance of others and respect to ideas and opinions.
- To support the development of literacy skills by providing opportunities for developing reading, writing, speaking and listening skills.
- To develop social and oracy skills through participation in group projects and through shared experiences
- To develop a ‘language’ which allows each pupil to express themselves in visual terms and communicate ideas.
- To develop the potential for further study through the development of students’ linguistic ability.
- To promote independent learning, in particular to encourage all students (especially years 10 & 11) to work in the faculty after school on a regular basis.
Key Stage 3 – Overview
At Key Stage three, students learn to talk about themselves, their family and friends. They also study home and town, free time activities, holidays, school and jobs. Throughout Key Stage 3 students develop their linguistic ability, learning and using different time frames and extending sentences. From year 7, students are assessed in Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking. They learn to write extended assessments in line with the GCSE specification and routinely develop their speaking skills in the Target Language in order to gain confidence.
Students develop learning strategies to improve on their retention of vocabulary and grammar concepts.
Students will learn aspects of the geography and the culture of some Target Language speaking countries through projects where they develop their research skills and their ability to work as part of a team.
Key Stage 4 - Overview
Students further develop the topics studied at Key Stage 3 with a wider range of vocabulary and more complexity to their language practice.
The themes covered at GCSE are Identity and culture, Local, national, international and global areas of interest and Current and future study and employment.
The MFL GCSE is exam based in all four skills; Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking. Lesson time is used to prepare students for the exams and make them feel confident in using the language independently.
By studying a language at GCSE, students develop transferable communication and comprehension skills which will enable them to access a variety of further studies. It is an interesting subject; it is more than studying a language, it offers insights to other cultures, traditions and an understanding of international communities.