Modern Foreign Languages

Foundation Statement

1, How does the school’s ethos underpin this subject, and what virtues have potential to be developed in our students through its study?

Foreign languages have a vital role to play in the provision of a broad and balanced curriculum. Igniting students’ curiosity and love of other cultures and equipping them with the tools to express their own ideas in another language is a precious opportunity, to be highly valued by all.

The ability to engage with another culture liberates us from narrow-mindedness, makes us curious and deepens our understanding of the world. Learned foreign languages can be of great help in building cross-cultural understanding and in offering hospitality and service to others. They can be a great source of pleasure as we are exposed to the beauty of cultures and traditions beyond our borders.  Every language provides a unique insight into other ways of living and thinking, from which we can learn. Through this process, barriers are broken down and co-operation, community and mutual understanding are enhanced. Languages should be a means of seeking to understand others’ views, and of being of service to others.

Virtues to be developed include:  curiosity, honesty, integrity, empathy, compassion, respect for others, tolerance, cooperation, selflessness, humour, creativity, expressiveness, sensitivity to others, perseverance, accuracy and precision.

 

2, What goals do we desire for our students in their study of this subject?

a. Learn a love of and curiosity for foreign languages.

b. Learn language skills in order to be good hosts, and good ambassadors abroad (including a solid foundation in grammar and structure and its links with native language).

c. Develop an awareness and understanding of different cultures and ways of thinking that is beyond the superficial and that recognises the depth of cultures and worldviews.

d. Be able to look positively and critically at other cultures and question narrow stereotypes.

e. Identify with experiences and perspectives of people in other countries, and be able to explain and communicate those of oneself.

f. Become equipped with linguistic skills that are of value for use responsibly and with integrity in the world of work, and also develop creativity and expressiveness.

g. Develop ways of learning that will allow them to access any language.

 

Curriculum Overview

French Year 7 to 8 Year 9 to 11 Sixth Form
German Year 8 Year 9 to 11 Sixth Form