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Modern Foreign Languages

“The limits of my language are the limits of my world”

Ludwig Wittgenstein.


Modern Foreign Languages Intent

We believe with a passion that Modern Foreign Languages play a key role in the development of confident, open-minded, respectful, conscientious and happy young people who are prepared to embrace and thrive in a complex multi-cultural world.  In MFL at BVGA our students learn so much more than how to speak a language; we also work hard to ensure all our students develop the skills of communication, creativity, resilience and independence.  We want students to learn about places that are outside of their own experience, developing their understanding of the world’s diversity of peoples and cultures, and encouraging them to challenge stereotypes and foster understanding. Our team of enthusiastic language specialists strives to promote interest, curiosity and enjoyment in the learning of MFL by providing a supportive yet challenging environment, where pupils are confident to take risks and step outside of their comfort zone and value the opportunity to learn from mistakes.  Our aim is to provide a firm foundation in linguistic knowledge for all students as well as broadening their horizons and enabling them to continue to further studies.

Confident Learners

Confident Communicators

Confident Future Citizens

To create confident learners, the Modern Foreign Language curriculum is:

  • Carefully planned for progress.
  • Builds on prior knowledge, skills, phonics, vocabulary and grammar.
  •  Designed so all learners can achieve. 
  • Supported by high quality teaching by subject specialists and resourced with high quality materials. 
  • Ambitious, challenging , diverse and inclusive 

To create confident communicators, the Modern Foreign Language curriculum:

  • Promotes and models effective communication for formal and informal purposes.  
  • Promotes speaking to improve coherence, confidence and accuracy in the target language.
  • Promotes students to listen carefully for understanding and communication.

To create confident future citizens, the Modern Foreign Language curriculum:

  • Builds cultural capital.
  • Fosters curiosity and deepens understanding of the world.  
  • Challenges stereotypes by learning about places outside of students’ own experience.
  • Teaches students about the importance of languages in a global society.

The Modern Foreign Language curriculum provides opportunities for all to:

  • Develop skills in listening, speaking, reading, and writing. 
  • Build resilience and independence. 
  • Respond to feedback and improve work. 
  • Know what they need to do to progress 

The Modern Foreign Language curriculum provides opportunities for all to:

  • Present to their class in the target language and give feedback.
  • Listen to, and respect the views of others. 
  • Have their voice heard, express their own views, appreciate and respect the views of others.  

The Modern Foreign Language curriculum provides opportunities for all to:

  • Develop understanding and empathy.  
  • Learn about relationships, society and other cultures. 
  • Develop leadership skills.
  •  Consider career opportunities.

The Key Concepts running through Modern Foreign Language  

We develop the breadth and depth of pupils’ competence in listening, speaking, reading and writing in the target language based on a sound foundation of core grammar, vocabulary and phonics. We include key themes, topics and cultural events so that pupils can use the language authentically to understand and express their own opinions as well as communicate for practical purposes.