Why do we study MFL?
Languages that we speak underpin the societies we live in. Without languages, we would find it extremely difficult to communicate. We learn languages to allow for a wider understanding of the world that we live in, ensuring that we have the skills to communicate with people from different cultures and countries. Furthermore, languages open doors that would otherwise remain closed. They allow us an insight into other countries, giving us the ability to communicate in the language of that country. Ultimately, languages allow us to have greater understanding of why different countries view things in the way they do and gives us necessary skills to help broaden our horizons.
Students will be exposed to the basics of a language, namely French, in order to make progress in understanding its structure, how it is formed and different parts of speech. They will learn the different sounds of a language through songs, rhymes, poetry and poems. This will help support them grasp how the language works in its basic form. Additionally, they will describe people, places things and actions, using topics such as describing family, personal descriptions, describing where they live (Housing and area) in order to expand their vocabulary and develop their ability to understand new words. Furthermore, they will understand key grammar appropriate to the language that is being studied, as well as how to conjugate high-frequency verbs. This will provide a solid basis from which to start to build sentences, acknowledging how these differ or are indeed similar to English.
Students will build on the foundations of language learning laid at key
stage 2. Teaching focuses on developing the breadth and depth of pupils’ competence
in listening, speaking, reading and writing, based on a sound foundation of core
grammar and vocabulary, which students have started to be exposed to in Key Stage 2.
The curriculum at this stage enables students to understand and communicate
personal and factual information that goes beyond their immediate needs and
interests, developing and justifying points of view in speech and writing, with
increased spontaneity, independence and accuracy. As students become confident in
their grasp of the language, they start to manipulate the language more for themselves,
applying core grammar concepts to new situations, which enables them to become
more spontaneous in their speaking and writing of that language. It should provide
suitable preparation for further study.
Students have the option to further enhance and develop their
language skills by embarking on the AQA GCSE qualification in French or German.
Students will be able to speak, write and interpret texts, as well as listening recordings
on a wide range of different topics, from global issues, such as environmental issues to
talking about future plans and a range of future career paths. Furthermore, students
will demonstrate an increasing ability to speak and write spontaneously on the
aforementioned topics, feeling more confident to manipulate verbs and languages for
themselves, allowing for more spontaneity and a natural approach to speaking, writing
and interpreting that language.