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Modern Foreign Languages

Here at Westhoughton High School we believe it is important to speak a second (or even third) language due to the increasing cultural and work-related exchanges between people from different countries.

There is no doubt that people who can speak more than one language have a real asset for life. Learning and knowing a foreign language opens doors in all careers.  It enriches peoples’ working life and leisure time whilst improving their intercultural understanding and life skills.

Key Stage 3

Students cover a range of engaging topics in Years 7 to 9 and our MFL team are committed to delivering active learning where students take ownership of their own progress.  There is a strong focus on interactive learning opportunities and on building up students’ confidence in pronunciation through phonics work.

Key Stage 4

A growing number of WHS students are choosing to study a language at GCSE.  During this two year course they learn how to confidently understand and produce language.  The AQA course includes three themes: identity and culture, local, national, international and global areas of interest, and current and future study and employment.  Students are assessed via 4 exams at the end of Year 11.  The skills examined are listening, speaking, reading and writing.