The ability to communicate effectively in a language other than your own is of increasing importance in today’s world. The Modern Foreign Languages (MFL) department aims to build on, deepen and broaden the knowledge of the languages that pupils already have.
The MFL department aims to engender an enthusiasm for language that will encourage pupils to achieve the highest levels of academic success as well as giving them important skills which they can use outside school and, hopefully, throughout their life.
We offer courses in French, German and Spanish at GCSE and French and Spanish at A-level.
Emphasis is on practical communication and we aim to provide a sound base of the grammar, an insight into culture and civilisation, an awareness of the structure of the language and, most importantly of all, enjoyment and intellectual stimulation. Teaching is delivered in a lively and communicative way. The aim of the MLF department is to ensure that pupils can understand spoken and written language and express themselves confidently, both orally and in writing. Grammar is taught alongside active communication skills so that pupils have the tools to use language creatively and accurately.
Much of the teaching is conducted in the target language, but English is used for the explanation of grammar points and for clarification. We are fortunate to have native speaking language assistants who help us with preparation for the oral examination.
In addition to traditional text books, considerable use is made of audio and video resources from the internet along with authentic materials from other sources. Our language-based classrooms are all equipped with interactive whiteboards and, in addition, pupils have access to the Language Lab. Pupils are also encouraged to make use of new technologies in the production of their work.
The department aims to provide annual visits, homestays and exchanges in order to promote and consolidate language learning along with an insight into culture and history.