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Falinge Park High School

Opening Doors; Unlocking Potential

MFL: Modern Foreign Languages

Ms L Pottinger – Head of Modern Foreign Languages

“One language sets you in a corridor for life. Two languages open every door along the way.”

– Frank Smith

Compelling Learning in MFL
We believe passionately that people who speak more than one language have an asset for life. The ability to speak languages is a lifelong skill which enhances working life and cultural awareness. Learning a language offers tangible benefits in the world of work, travel or living abroad. Everything we do has, at its core, the aim to support pupils to achieve their personal best and to ensure success in language learning. Our lessons are underpinned by risk taking, challenge and rigour, in addition to being inclusive, enjoyable and compelling. We also place a great emphasis on rewarding our learners for their resilience, ability to work as part of a team, solving problems creatively and their effort and commitment to language learning.
Curriculum

In MFL pupils develop their knowledge of grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation of their chosen language through the four skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing. They learn to understand, respond to and translate spoken and written language from a variety of authentic sources, including literary texts; to communicate with increasing confidence, fluency and spontaneity and to write at varying length, for different purposes and audiences. Pupils study a range of topic areas and develop many valuable skills, including improved communication skills (both oral and written), the ability to work co-operatively as part of a team but also learn to be independent and creative learners who take risks and are tolerant of other cultures and traditions. Pupils study a two year course at Key Stage 3 in languages and are able to choose which language they want to study. The languages we offer are French, Spanish and Urdu. The curriculum is lively and engaging with pupils experiencing language learning through a variety of activities including songs, games, drama, video, films and the use of state-of-the-art technology.

At Key Stage 4 pupils may opt to study their foreign language for GCSE. Through studying a GCSE in a modern foreign language, Pupils further develop their ability and ambition to communicate with native speakers in speech and writing. The study of a modern foreign language at GCSE also includes the study of target language countries and cultures, which broadens pupils’ horizons and encourages them to step beyond familiar cultural boundaries and develop new ways of seeing the world. pupils follow the Full Course GCSE (Edexcel for French and Spanish, AQA for Urdu) which comprises 25% speaking exam, 25% writing exam, 25% listening exam and 25% reading exam.

Enrichment

We provide our pupils with a variety of out-of-class activities including annual visits to France and Spain, trips to the European Christmas Markets, participation in the National Spelling Bee competition and partnerships with schools in France and Spain. We also have a foreign language assistant working within the Faculty, who runs weekly after-school support clinics and a language club at lunchtime. In addition we are involved in the Adopt a pupil Abroad project with universities in the North West, in which our pupils link up with a university language pupil whilst they are studying abroad.

We believe our pupils, regardless of whether or not they choose to study a language at GCSE, should experience the value of learning a foreign language through experiencing life, culture and traditions in a different country. This ensures our pupils are confident learners who have an awareness of global and cultural issues and a love of language learning.

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