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 own language, that goes to his heart." - Nelson Mandela
"One language sets you in a corridor for life. Two languages open every door along the way." - Frank Smith
"You can never understand one language until you understand at least two." - Geoffrey Willans
At Gilbert Inglefield Academy we support the view that learning a modern foreign language is an entitlement for all pupils. We believe that many children really enjoy learning to speak another language and we also believe that the earlier a child is exposed to a foreign language, the faster the language in question is acquired, and the less self-conscious about speaking aloud they become. We believe that enjoyment is an important part of the learning process and we aim for fluency whilst having fun.
We strive to provide the children with the best preparation for Upper School and, using our own resources and the course book, we teach the four skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing. In Key Stage 2 we cover the basics of the language such as greetings, personal descriptions, giving opinions, life around school, hobbies and weather. In Key Stage 3, we focus on expanding the children’s vocabulary and grammar and enabling them to communicate confidently on the topics of holidays, daily routine, house chores, talents and ambitions and sports. We use Studio 2 with Year 8 to prepare them for the new GCSE. They will enjoy projects linked with other subjects, such as geography, drama, art, music and ICT.
The children are taught in forms in mixed ability groups. We use the target language as appropriate and employ a variety of teaching methods, ranging from drama, ICT and Interactive Whiteboard to songs and games. For vocabulary learning we favour the "look, cover, write, check" method. There are regular unit tests and an exam in the summer term.
MFL curriculum experiences include:
- a Year 7 & 8 day trip to Boulogne Sur Mer;
- a European Day of Languages assembly;
- a Year 5 & 6 French Day;
- a Gifted and Talented trip to Fulbrook Middle School when students become French journalists for a day and create their own magazine;
- a Year 4 French afternoon when our Year 7 & 8 pupils prepare and run activities for the lower school pupils.