"If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart.”
Modern Foreign languages are taught to all pupils in Key stage 3 and to a majority of pupils in Key stage 4. At KS3 pupils learn French and the current KS4 learn French or German. Learning a modern foreign language has many advantages. For example, it enriches pupils’ knowledge of English by providing them with a larger vocabulary. It helps with thinking skills, problem solving and communication skills.
At KS3 students are taught the four main skills involved in language learning: speaking listening, reading and writing. They are assessed regularly in all four skills. We share success criteria with them to enable students to understand how they may progress.
In KS4 students who are taking French or German take the AQA GCSE exam. Students take two final examinations; one in listening and one in reading. Speaking and writing tasks are completed throughout the two-year course as controlled assessments.
We currently have 3 classrooms exclusively for modern foreign languages. Each is equipped with a projector and Interactive Whiteboard. We also have the occasional use of the ICT rooms and other ICT resources within school for pupils to use.