Modern Languages Introduction

In Year 7, pupils receive two hours of either French or German per week.  Pupils are taught how to express themselves in all four skills of Listening, Reading, Speaking and Writing on a range of topics such as school subjects, hobbies, family, pets and holidays amongst others.  They develop the ability to spot patterns in the target language in order to learn how to build up their own vocabulary and grammar.  They use the target language as much as possible often culminating in creative outcomes such as writing simple poems or creating posters.  Most importantly pupils lean to appreciate the culture, people and communities of other countries as well as acquiring vital skills for the future.  

In Years 8 and 9, most pupils are taught two hours of French and two hours of German per week (four hours of Modern Languages per week). However, those pupils who have found the acquisition of a foreign language in year 7 challenging, will continue with their first MFL and concentrate on developing that further. 

Those pupils adding on a second MFL usually find that they make good progress with the new language, as they are by now experienced language learners. At the same time, they take their original language to a higher level. By the time pupils have completed their Modern Languages studies at the end of year nine, they have all covered the same set of grammatical skills in both languages, though clearly they will have a broader vocabulary in their first MFL. However, historically pupils opt for, and are successful in, either/both language (s) at GCSE.

All the Modern Languages classrooms use their wall displays to support communication in the MFL as much as possible. MFL teachers will aim to teach almost always in the target language and incentives are used to encourage pupils to communicate with the teacher and even one another in the target language right from the very first lesson.

MFL lessons are lively, varied and fun. Much use is made of a variety of different tools to support  a variety of learning styles, including lots of games, competitions and challenges. The MFL staff support their teaching with French and German department websites, which provide extra support and opportunities for language learning. 

There are annual trips to France and Austria , which provide ample opportunity for pupils to put their languages to good use.

The MFL Departments also run successful exchanges with Konigslutter in Germany and Saint Saveur in Redon Brittany, France. 


Teaching Staff
Mrs R Wylie, BA (Hons), PGCE (Head of German)
Mrs S West MA (Hons), PGCE (Head of French)
Miss C Pattinson, BA (Hons), PGCE
Mrs B Naylor, MA (Hons), PGCE (p/t)
Miss E Watkins, MA, ESOL, PGCE 
Miss A Scott, BA (Hons), PGCE