The Modern Foreign Languages Department aims to engage, challenge and encourage all students to develop a simultaneous passion for the linguistic language and an active interest in the cultural world where this language is spoken. We give students a significant insight into different communities, lifestyles and cultural diversities around the globe. This supports students to be inclusive and have a significant understanding of the diversity of the school community. It also provides the opportunity to explore the wider world. We investigate spoken and written language, and take a wider view into Francophone and Latino Hispanic culture such as art, politics, environment and literature. Students will actively reflect upon and understand some of the effects of colonisation through their learning. Our resources are diverse and inclusive of gender, race and sexuality and aim to represent all members of the community, so our feel they belong in our classrooms.
From the start of our courses, the pedagogy helps students establish a robust knowledge of vocabulary, grammar, and the sound and spelling systems (phonics). The pedagogy then reinforces this knowledge via planned practice in meaningful activities. Our aim is to embed phonics, focus on vocabulary learning, retention and recall, and teach grammar in a sustained way for a long time so our learners are confident and successful.
Our overarching hope for all our students is that through the study of MFL students will have a fully enriched study of language and the tools to feel confident, independent and resilient. Our learners will be prepared to confront racism and xenophobia and promote open-mindedness through the love of their language studies. Students develop knowledge that they will strengthen through the studies of an engaging and relevant curriculum, fit for life at school and beyond.