MODERN FOREIGN LANGUAGES

THE MODERN FOREIGN LANGUAGES CURRICULUM

We want our students to be enthused and inspired to learn a language, to visit new countries and to broaden their horizons to life beyond their locality.  We seek to enable students to express their ideas and thoughts in another language and to understand and respond to its speakers, both in speech and in writing. We want our students to develop lifelong, transferable skills such as communication, cultural awareness, curiosity, empathy and problem-solving skills, as well as decision-making abilities enabling them to become independent, critical thinkers who can identify patterns and analyse facts.

 

As we identify the key knowledge students should master in languages we think carefully about how we want students to think as linguists.  We want students to: 

  • Understand and respond to spoken and written language from a variety of authentic sources
  • Speak with increasing confidence, fluency and spontaneity, finding ways of communicating what they want to say, including through discussion and asking questions, and continually improving the accuracy of their pronunciation and intonation
  • Write at varying length, for different purposes and audiences, using the variety of grammatical structures that they have learnt discover and develop an appreciation of a range of writing in the language studied

 

The MFL curriculum is sequenced around the following key concepts:

  • All about me
  • Free Time
  • Culture in French speaking communities
  • Home and Abroad
  • Education and Work

Subjects include GCSE French and A-level French.

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