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Modern Languages

'A different language is a different vision of life.' - Federico Fellini

English is just not enough.  Believe it or not, not everyone speaks or wants to speak English.  A language will always  be useful, no matter what you do.  Languages mean business and speaking a language will make you really stand out. Speaking more than one language increases your brain capacity and improves your memory.  They’re good for you!

Languages are a life skill and one which is highly valued by employers. They can help you to develop your problem-solving skills and make you more adaptable, resourceful and creative.  Languages are a social skill too.   Learning how to meet and greet people from other countries and cultures is a valued skill. Learning a language really improves your communication skills.  The skills learned in a language lesson can be transferred to other curriculum subjects.

In class, students will get to study a wide range of topics all about different people and cultures, not just how to speak.  They will read books and magazines, watch films and listen to songs in their native language and amazingly enough will be able to understand them too!  Learners will be able to communicate with people if they choose to go abroad and that is a real achievement.  Students will have the opportunity to take part in exchanges and visits, as well as welcoming people from other countries and cultures into our classrooms.

A good student in MFL has a positive attitude, is open minded, willing to make mistakes and to learn from them. They are inquisitive, risk taking, good guesser and can look for patterns.

Confidence is key for a student to succeed in MFL. Accepting you will make mistakes and being responsible for your own learning is essential for any student. We want all our students to gain a good cultural understanding of French speaking countries.

In MFL learning, we work on four skills: listening, reading, writing and speaking. The two skills students find the hardest are: listening and speaking.  Therefore, in the last 2 years, a lot of emphasis has been placed on speaking and listening using authentic material.

  • In Year 7, we focus on phonics, speaking, developing an awareness of the different tenses, opinions, reasons and extended sentences. Students develop an understanding of how they can use previously learnt language in other contexts. We want them to feel confident and create a positive attitude towards learning a foreign language.
  • In Year 8, we want students to be able to manipulate the different tenses, to extend sentences, to use complex structures and to apply knowledge in other contexts.
  • In Year 9, we want students to be ready to start the GCSE and therefore have a wide range of vocabulary on several topics and a wide range of structures including more complex structures. 
  • In Key Stage 4, we want students to be able to answer general questions with good flow, accurate pronunciation and intonation. Pupils will be able to give and understand detailed, structured and interesting accounts of events using a variety of tenses, complex structures and idioms.

Please see the French curriculum overviews for each Key Stage below.


Miss D Germain: Head of Modern Languages Faculty. Head of French

Miss J Broughton:  French

Ms C de Glanville: French

Mrs H Maxted: French