Modern Foreign Languages

Languages Week – activities allow students to engage with activities which open their eyes to other cultures.  We often have visitors from the local community and further afield, including foreign footballers, foreign chefs and members of our Polish community

Open Evening – each September we welcome members of the community in to the department – we usually stage an event where members of the department dress up to represent a different culture. We also offer food and games to open students and parents up to new ideas and cultures

Community Fun Day and Winter Wonderland – the department always contributes to these whole-school community days, and has held a crepe stall and ice cream stall at the last four Winter Wonderlands and Community Fun Days respectively

Residential abroad – for the last four years, the department has offered a residential abroad to Paris which has been really well attended, particularly so in 2014 with 108 students.  The trips allow students to experience once in a lifetime opportunities, experience new cultures, develop personal skills such as organisation, personal safety, confidence, communication etc. involved with being away from home for the first time, in some cases for the first time in a foreign country.  The department is planning a trip to Spain in 2016.

Polish community – JE teaches English to members of the Polish community ever Thursday evening at the Academy.  The students feel as though they are a more valued member of the community by attending classes and show good signs of improved confidence

EAL – CB  and JE are working to produce a scheme of work to deliver to our Polish students in the Academy – this will allow them to build their social skills, confidence and level of English

Schemes of work – the nature of our work in MFL means that we are exposing students to new language, beliefs and cultures on a daily basis.  Some examples of specific topics related to community cohesion and acceptance of others include: Family, Where you live, Famous linguists, Describing town, Differences between French/English schools, Free time, Holidays, Christmas traditions in Spain/France, Food, Describing films, Why it’s important to learn languages, The Olympics, Tourist destinations, Hotel reservations, The world of work, World hunger and poverty, Rights and religion, Human rights, World leaders.  Some of these topics, such as ‘hotel reservations’ allow students to develop skills which they can use in the real world, and others, such as ‘world hunger’ or ‘rights and religion’ allow students to develop their understanding and acceptance of deeper world issues

Cross-curricular work – events such as The International Space Challenge allow students to see how languages link to other subject areas, the community, future jobs and real-life

Primary work – two members of the department have timetabled hours at local primary schools to assist with delivery of French lessons ready for the students’ arrival at the Academy in Y7