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Modern Foreign Languages

“If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart.”Nelson Mandela

At KS3, students LEARN French in Year 7 and in Year 8 they study both French and Spanish. In Year 9, students study either French or Spanish based on academic strengths and engagement demonstrated in Year 8.

From Years 7-11, students are exposed to and are expected to use the Target Language for real life purpose which supports their acquisition of the language and we Look after each other by creating a safe environment to ensure students Enjoy their learning.

The KS3 curriculum is mapped to the National Curriculum.  MFL GCSE courses also provide the opportunity for academic and challenging learning so that they can continue to Aim High.

Throughout, students develop their understanding of the world promoting Respect for intercultural understanding and tolerance.

Outside of the curriculum, the MFL department offers a number of extra-curricular activities to ensure that students Never Stop Learning.

“To learn a language is to have one more window from which to look at the world.” Chinese proverb

Please see parental overview of the courses in KS3 and KS4 in the links below or year group information on the specific buttons.

Languages Studied:

Links for support/help at home:

  • Use of student resources located within WHS SharePoint for students
  • Completion of homework
  • Use of or display of key vocabulary around the home
  • Use of Quizlet (free account required) and WHS MFL Blooket account to support the learning of topic-based vocabulary
  • Learning of year group appropriate transferable language
  • Use of to support pronunciation
  • Use of online platforms such as Seneca and BBC Bitesize for podcasts and interactive learning
  • Watching French subtitled films (age-appropriate) and listening to French songs using to develop reading and aural skills
  • Use of 1jour1actu and News in Slow French to keep up to date with current affairs and to develop reading and aural skills
  • Wider reading: use of Apps such as Duolingo (free)
  • Teacher-parent discussions following assessments and/or reports
  • Participation in MFL competitions and department-led events
  • Participation and attendance to extra-curricular activities