Modern Foreign Languages

Subject Overview

The MFL Department is an established and strong department that has developed greatly over recent years and has an exciting future. We are a team of dedicated and skilled language teachers who work very well together, sharing resources, ideas, expertise and support. The Department currently consists of 5 full-time staff and 3 part-time teachers: Our aim is to promote the enjoyment of learning languages with all pupils, through high quality teaching and by offering a range of opportunities for pupils to experience contact with other countries. We endeavour to provide as wide a range as possible of opportunities for pupils to enjoy using languages and to achieve excellent standards in their language learning.

Extended Learning


Spiritual Moral Social and Cultural development

Spiritual development - Pupils gain a sense of enjoyment and fascination in learning about themselves, others and the world around them – notably in the target language countries. Pupils may use their imagination and are able to be expressive and creative, through a wide variety of language based activities. They identify barriers towards initial language learning and find strategies to cope.

Moral development - Pupils start to build a bank of learning strategies based on experience and trial and error. They learn to be supportive and avoid criticism of peers, through collaborative work, and by working in a non-threatening environment

Social development - Pupils learn to manage feelings of anxiety when facing the challenge of learning and communicating in a new language. They develop social skills, through pair and group work and also by giving and receiving feedback and using it to improve performance. Pupils understand the need to use appropriate language and register, to express opinions and emotions. They will develop self-confidence when working creatively and independently.

Cultural development - Pupils gain an understanding of their own uniqueness whilst comparing to other cultures, predominantly in the target language countries. Pupils develop a sense of global citizenship whilst researching other countries, cultures and traditions. They are regularly exposed to authentic materials which include historical references, modern day life and classic literature.