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Modern Foreign Languages

Subject Overview

Studying languages gives you more than just the skill to understand another language. It gives you an insight into other cultures and develops invaluable skills. The ability to speak another language is highly valued by many employers and not only that, many scientists believe that knowledge of another language can boost your brainpower. It has positive effects on your thinking skills, improves your memory and problem solving skills and helps you to multi-task.

KS3

In year 7 students have the opportunity to study both Spanish and French, before specialising in one of these language from year 8 onwards.

The lessons are interactive, using language games, group and pair work to learn and practise new vocabulary, as well as develop cultural knowledge of the Spanish and French speaking world. We focus on the four skill areas of listening, speaking, reading and writing across topics which include Me and my family, My school’, My town and Holidays.

KS4

In key stage 4, we build upon the skills developed at key stage 3 in listening, speaking, reading and writing and prepare for the AQA GCSE. The vocabulary and topics covered include a range of functional language which is useful when in a French or Spanish speaking country, such as buying tickets in a train station, ordering food and drink and going shopping. We also cover customs and festivals, environmental problems and solutions and free time and media, as well as familiar topics in greater depth. What’s more you will develop a good understanding of the grammar and language structures, which also support English language grammar skills.

Facilities

To support the four skill areas of listening speaking reading and writing, the MFL department uses ActiveTeach. This interactive text book provides cultural knowledge as well as language learning activities through videos and sound files. To practise vocabulary, students have access to Linguascope which can be used both in class for whole class language games and out of lesson for vocabulary practice

Enrichment

Small group and one-to-one intervention is offered during tutor time and after school, to support with any language learning, whether learning skills for new vocabulary, speaking practice or homework support.

Higher Education Links

What can you do with a languages degree

Why Study Languages

The Association of Language Learning

Degrees in Modern Languages

Career Opportunities

The career opportunities with languages are numerous. Often, people assume that languages have career options limited to interpreting, translating or teaching. However, due to the extensive skills which language learners develop, the career opportunities are also extensive.

Language skills are in demand and can be used in almost any career, particularly in businesses that trade internationally

Below are just a selection of jobs where languages are useful: