“A language is not just words. It’s a culture, a tradition, a unification of a community, a whole history that creates what a community is. It’s all embodied in a language.” – Noam Chomsky
Our curriculum is designed to liberate our students from insularity and provides an opening to other cultures and different points of view. A high quality language education should foster students’ curiosity and deepen their understanding of the world. Our aim is to broaden pupils’ horizons and encourage them to step beyond familiar cultural boundaries and develop new ways of seeing the world. To speak more than one language is a valuable skill respected by employers in all sectors and our students will be encouraged to aim high to achieve their linguistic potential before they enter the world of work where communication is an essential element of success.
MFL lessons should enable students to express their ideas and thoughts in another language and to understand and respond to its speakers, both in speech and in writing. They should also provide opportunities for them to communicate for practical purposes, learn new ways of thinking and develop an appreciation of a range of writing in the language studied. Students should develop a competency that is both broad and deep in the skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing based on a sound foundation of core grammar, vocabulary and phonics. We hope to encourage a love of language learning where students enjoy lessons, appreciate the value of learning a language in supporting their development across the curriculum and inspire them to continue in the future.