Modern Foreign Languages
Languages are part of the cultural richness of our society and the world in which we live and work. Learning languages contributes to mutual understanding, a sense of global citizenship and personal fulfilment. Pupils learn to appreciate different countries, cultures, communities and people. By making comparisons, they gain insight into their own culture and society. The ability to understand and communicate in another language is a lifelong skill for education, employment and leisure in this country and throughout the world.
Learning languages gives pupils opportunities to develop their listening, speaking, reading and writing skills and to express themselves with increasing confidence, independence and creativity. They explore the similarities and differences between other languages and English and learn how language can be manipulated and applied in different ways. The development of communication skills, together with an understanding of the structure of language, lay the foundations for future study of other languages and support the development of literacy skills in a pupil’s own language.
The MFL Department’s objectives are:
- To equip pupils with the confidence and ability to communicate both verbally and in writing in a foreign language.
- To develop an awareness of the nature of language and language learning
- To promote positive attitudes to language learning
- To give pupils some understanding of cultures different from their own.
- To equip pupils with specific skills eg. learning, memorising, working with others, working independently, reading for pleasure, dictionary skills, ICT.
- To improve communication skills
- To increase a skill transferable to the workplace, even more relevant today given the expansion of the EU.
At QEGS we currently offer tuition in French and Spanish. In Year 7 all pupils are taught in tutor groups. They study Spanish for 6 hours per fortnight. From Year 8 and into Year 9 we set by ability, with the double linguists studying both French and Spanish, and some girls focusing on just Spanish.
All pupils have the opportunity of continuing with French or Spanish to GCSE level and double linguists can study both if they wish. All languages are established to A2 level.
Foreign Language Assistants
We employ two native speakers of French and Spanish to assist our work in the department.