MODERN FOREIGN LANGUAGES
Meet our Department
We are lucky to be able to offer 3 languages throughout the school: French, German and Spanish. On entry into Year 7, students study two of the 3 languages. This continues through Year 8 until pupils make their option choices.
Students are strongly advised to choose a language as an option in Years 9 to 11 because it is felt that students need a foreign language in order to compete in today’s global economy.
‘In the knowledge society of the 21st century, language competence and intercultural understanding are not optional extras, they are an essential part of being a citizen.’ Languages for All: Languages for Life – A Strategy for England 2002
Recently, our examination results have increased dramatically and we currently outperform similar schools who follow the same exam board. We are able to offer many language related experiences throughout the school with trips to Paris, Barcelona and Köln in Year 7, exchanges to France, Germany and Spain in KS4 and study trips to Berlin, Paris / Provence and Seville in KS5.
In 2006 and 2010 we were awarded the International School Award in recognition of our International ethos. The 2010 award recognised our outstanding achievements in this domain thanks to the hard work of the coordinator at the time, Mrs. Diehl.
We are a dedicated and enthusiastic department. We work hard as a team to share ideas and resources with the aim of ensuring that learning a language is a positive experience for all students. We are always here to help students and run a Languages Helpline after school on a Thursday to help with homework or revision. There are currently five full time and five part time members of staff.
Head of Department: Karen Keeling Second in Department: Nicola Moulton Teachers of MFL: Lauren Sparrow, Jack Enticott, Denis Costello (P/T), Kate Barrell (P/T), Kay Southgate (P/T), Aynur Yasar (P/T), Corinna Jarrald (P/T), Sylvie Scarborough (P/T), Sophie Vauzour (P/T) Assistant Headteacher of MFL: Andrew Slater.
The Department is committed to the organisation of educational visits providing that they enhance pupils’ relevant understanding and experiences, and that their inclusion is practical, considering the constraints of staffing, cost and time.
Current linguistic and cultural trips abroad and exchanges run by the MFL department include a trip to the Rhineland, Paris and Barcelona (Year 7), an exchange to Toulouse (year 10), an exchange to Recklinghausen (year 10), an exchange to Barcelona and a trip to Paris or Berlin (Year 12) and Provence in Y13. Other multi-cultural trips in school include a week skiing in Italy (P.E.) and a trip to the Battlefields (History). Trips offered when circumstances and levels of interest allow include Y12 Revision conferences at Wymondham College and in London.
Students from all year groups are invited to participate in the annual Wymondham College MFL Oral Competition, which takes place in early July.
The Language Leaders programme is offered to Y12 students. They have the option of attending fortnightly sessions in which they learn how to prepare teaching materials and how to teach small groups of younger pupils for example. After introductory sessions, they are then paired up with a class. They prepare materials for short sessions with small groups and assist with teaching once a fortnight.
Students (and staff!) are encouraged to take advantage of the self-access courses offered. They are given access to online learning resources and can gain language skills in a number of languages. We currently subscribe to: linguascope, atantot, klar and Exampro and there are a number of free online resources also available.
Implementation of the MFL curriculum: courses offered, pupil groups, time allocation
Pupils are offered a choice of 3 languages from Year 7: French, German and Spanish. In Y6 pupils are asked to choose one of the three languages offered as their first choice of study at Wymondham High Academy. On entry into Year 7, pupils study two of the 3 languages depending on the choice made in Y6 and the river they are placed in. The Nurture Group studies one language. This continues through Year 8 when they are asked to make their option choices.
Pupils are strongly advised to choose a language as an option in Years 9, 10 and 11 because it is felt that students need a foreign language in order to compete in today’s global economy. Students are also be required to have a GCSE language if they wish to apply to our Sixth Form (applications from 2013).
Aims and objectives of The Modern Foreign Languages [MFL] Department
- To maintain lasting pupil curiosity, interest and enjoyment in lifelong language learning and to create an atmosphere where pupils feel positive that they will do well and wish to learn.
- To make the learning of a language an enjoyable experience which contributes to awakening and nurturing creativity and promotes the relevance and profound worth of language learning.
- To enable each pupil to achieve his/her potential in a variety of situations, using all available resources appropriately, to ensure the highest level of achievement for each pupil both at Key Stages 3-5.
- To develop the ability to use the chosen Modern Foreign Languages effectively for purposes of practical communication in the classroom and in the target language country.
- To support whole school policies in order that pupils develop a range of desirable personal qualities such as politeness, concern for others, independence and good behaviour.
- To encourage positive attitudes to learning a foreign language and to speakers of that language, and a sympathetic approach to other cultures and civilisations.
- To enable pupils to work independently and as part of a team in varied activities, so that the MFL department contributes to the development of core skills which will prepare pupils for higher education and the world of work.
- To employ teaching methods and resources that allow all pupils (irrespective of their gender, ethnic origin, academic ability, etc.) to have equal access to Modern Foreign Languages and to experience success and enjoyment in their work.
- To conduct lessons in a secure, supportive and disciplined manner.
- To set homework which has a direct relationship with the course, a clear purpose and relates to the MFL homework policy for that particular Key Stage.
Your options choices can sometimes be a difficult time when you are not quite sure which would be the best choices for you. Have a look at some of the links about why it’s important to learn languages in today’s society or find out more by clicking on :
This website lets you take part in a fun, interactive quiz, watch clips about language learning and find out where learning languages can take you. However, the most important thing to do is speak to your teacher. They know you and your ability and will be able to give you the best advice about choosing the right language for you.
Homework for all year groups should be set according to the Homework Timetable, published at the start of each academic year.
In MFL, homework may usually be one of the following:
- Written work (e.g. an answer to an oral/task question)
- Learning (e.g. for an oral question or a vocabulary test)
- Speaking (e.g. practising an oral question with a parent/guardian)
- Reading (e.g. an exercise from the text book or a workbook)
- Listening (via www.what-textbooks.co.uk)
- A creative or cultural task
In Modern Foreign Languages, we have an online version of the textbooks used in class. So if you wish to help your child with his/her homework, or if he/she has been absent from school and would like to catch up, etc… this is the place to go:
The password for French textbooks is “chat”
The password for Spanish textbooks is “gatto”
The password for German textbooks is “Katze”