Modern Foreign Languages
Welcome to the Modern Foreign Languages Department at Harris Church of England Academy. We strongly believe that MFL has great importance in an increasingly global society. Knowledge of a foreign language not only enriches peoples’ work and leisure time but also improves peoples' intercultural understanding and develops transferable life skills. As such, we believe that all pupils should leave school with a sound knowledge and understanding of at least one additional foreign language. We celebrate the equal value of all cultures and languages in our community and native speakers of other languages are warmly encouraged to sit GCSEs in their native tongue. We aim to inspire a passion for learning modern foreign languages in our pupils, encourage them as they realise their potential and help them to achieve their goals.
Key Stage 3 pupils study the following topics:
- Self and others
- My school
- My town and local area
- New technology
Students follow the AQA GCSE course. From September 2016, Year 9 and 10 will focus on 3 core themes:
- Identity and culture
- Local, national, international and global areas of interest
- Current and future study and employment
Students will prepare for four exams to be sat at the end of Year 11. The papers will examine the four key skills in MFL: listening, speaking, reading and writing. Students will be entered for Foundation or Higher exams, according to prior attainment.
Year 11 will continue to follow the previous GCSE specification . Students will prepare controlled assessments for speaking and writing and will sit examinations for listening and reading. Students will be entered for Foundation and Higher exams, based on prior attainment.
SMSC IN MFL
The MFL Department at Harris values a holistic approach to foreign language learning and wish our youngsters to fully develop their Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural understanding.
SPIRITUAL DEVELOPMENT IN MFL
Spiritual development in MFL encourages pupils to explore diversity of spiritual expression and belief across the world. Pupils explore faith and non-faith beliefs, festivals and traditions in other countries.
MORAL DEVELOPMENT IN MFL
Moral education in MFL teaches pupils to use language to make a personal response to right and wrong. Every language contains a message about aspects of life including moral development and pupils are encouraged to consider other peoples’ responses to moral issues.
SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT IN MFL
Social education in MFL involves purposeful communication with people from other cultural and social backgrounds. The social element of MFL stems from learning about other societies and learning together in the classroom environment. School exchanges allow our students to appreciate that relationships are neither bound nor restricted by cultural or physical factors as they maintain contact with foreign pen pals.
CULTURAL DEVELOPMENT IN MFL
Cultural education is achieved in MFL through understanding and respect for all cultures. Pupils begin to understand the diverse societies represented in Europe and across the world and are encouraged to embrace difference. Most importantly, we aim to break through linguistic and cultural barriers which cause racial hostility.