Modern Foreign Languages

Our Faculty Mission Statement is:

In the Modern Foreign Languages Faculty, we aim to achieve excellence in communication by developing linguistic ability in a foreign language. We aspire to create global Catholic citizens who respect cultural similarities and differences whilst promoting the concept of an international and multilingual family rooted in our Catholic faith.

The Modern Foreign Languages Faculty aims to build global Catholic citizens by providing students with a knowledge-rich languages curriculum that allows every pupil to develop a love of languages. Our curriculum develops a strong linguistic ability as well as developing a greater understanding of the value of diverse cultures. We compare and contrast with their own British values and enable pupils to become more tolerant and accepting of others.

The Curriculum within MFL is planned and delivered to ensure a sequential approach that continuously builds on prior learning as well as introducing and expanding upon new vocabulary and grammatical structures.  In each year, students revisit and review previous learning whilst broadening their understanding of each topic.

In Year 7, students begin by learning to talk about themselves and their world, this builds upon any language skills developed at Primary school. We then move on to school life including developing an understanding of school life in target language countries.  During this module, pupils learn the key skills of developing opinions and building on the grammar and vocabulary knowledge acquired in the previous modules.  Students then move on to learn about how to describe their free time, culminating in project work thus allowing them to further explore and demonstrate key skills.

Moving on to Year 8, students are able to develop an understanding of how to use the past tense in the context of holidays cities and countries building upon their cultural and geographical knowledge. This will be further enhanced by a module celebrating film and music from the target language country.

In Year 9, students will further develop their skills learnt in Years 7 and 8 and will have the opportunity to learn about the future tense within a range of topics including role models, future choices and the world of work.

The knowledge students acquire across Key Stage 3 allows them to develop a sound understanding of the linguistic and cultural aspects of learning a language developing their passive and active skills in listening, reading, speaking and writing.  Emphasis is placed upon the development of these skills which allows them to access a broad range of language and develop competency in the target language.

All pupils are provided with enrichment opportunities through a visit to the target language country and learn about the importance and relevance of languages within the wider world, broadening their horizons to new opportunities both personally and within the world of work.

Expectations of all students are high and the organisation of teaching groups ensures that all students are given plentiful opportunities to develop their language skills, as well as developing their confidence and resilience and preparing them for an ever changing world.

“To learn a language is to have one more window from which to look at the world.”

Chinese proverb

Jesus looked at them and said,
“With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible”

Matthew 19:26