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Modern Foreign Languages

We live in a multi-lingual world and UK companies are now realising that they need people who speak foreign languages to compete when trading internationally.

With this in mind, the Languages department at Mount Carmel offers students the opportunity to learn French so that our students are better equipped for life in the wider world.

We are an enthusiastic, committed team of teachers with a passion for teaching and we strive to foster a love of languages and an understanding of their importance in the world today.

Our aim is to equip students with the languages they will need for their careers as well as for pleasure. Students appreciate that the ability to understand and communicate in another language is a lifelong skill for learning, leisure and employment in this country and throughout the world.
We believe in making MFL lessons fun and interactive. Our students enjoy developing their language skills through games, pair/group work and ICT as well as more formal and independent learning activities.

Top Ten Reasons to Study Languages

  1. You don’t just learn the subject; you fall in love with it.
  2. English is not enough! The world has become a much smaller place. It’s really important that you learn to speak and understand other people no matter where they are from.
  3. You can travel all over the world and feel like a true local.
  4. Languages are the perfect way to meet new people, immerse yourself in new cultures and make a difference to who you are.
  5. Speaking another language really makes you stand out from the crowd and you’ll be able to work anywhere in the world.
  6. Learning a foreign language can help you understand your own language.
  7. You develop 4 key skills that are vital for any learning; listening, reading, speaking and writing.
  8. You have tonnes of fun learning about a wide range of topics from shopping, to sport, to food and entertainment.
  9. They’re good for you! Speaking more than one language increases your brain capacity and you have better memory too.
  10. It’s an impressive achievement to speak a foreign language but one your friends and family will envy and employers will love!

Getting Started!
Key Stage 3 – Years 7, 8 and 9

The foundation which students have in language learning from primary school, are built on in Year 7, 8 and 9. Students have the opportunity to study a variety of topics such as Leisure and Hobbies, School Life, Home and Local Environment.

Our Year 9 students have been very excited about the introduction of the FCSE qualification at KS3 from September 2014. This is a nationally recognised qualification designed to bridge the gap between KS3 and GCSE. It is designed to motivate and encourage students in Year 9 to continue with languages in KS4.

Key Stage 4 -Year 10 and 11

Students can choose the GCSE language they wish to continue in Year 10 and 11. Language classes in KS4 are interactive, fun and full of surprises. There are lots of activities to help your listening, reading, speaking and writing skills. In one lesson you may be learning a song to help remember some grammar, the next you could be pretending to interview a famous celebrity; watching a film in Spanish, or writing your horoscope in French.

Students also have the opportunity to develop their existing language skills by doing a GCSE and or AS Level exam in their home language. So far we have had excellent success in Polish, Portuguese and Bengali to name a few.

Why study a language at GCSE?

By taking a language at GCSE you’ll have amazing skills and a valuable talent that is applicable to almost everything you do. A language GCSE builds on what you have already learnt in years 7, 8 and 9. Language classes are still fun and interactive.

– By taking a language GCSE you don’t just learn a language, you get to find out about other people, countries and cultures so it really is an interesting and varied subject.

The Assessment

For a languages GCSE you are marked on four key areas – reading, writing, listening and speaking – these will be important skills to have when you apply for college, university and even a job.

The reading and listening exams are either at foundation or higher level and represent 20% each of your final grade.

The speaking and writing assessments represent 60% of your final grade and can be completed on topics ranging from ‘The Life of a Celebrity’ to ‘Win a makeover for your friends and family’.

Insider views:

Nelson Mandela “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.”
Arsène Wenger “I would like to take this opportunity to say how advantageous it can be…To have knowledge of foreign languages…I would have no hesitation in advising people of any age to learn another language.”
Paula Radcliffe “Although I’m known first and foremost as an athlete, my foreign language skills have given another dimension to my career. I regularly use French and German when I travel to compete in Europe.”
Sir Alex Ferguson CBE “All I can advise, is that you keep working at your languages. Foreign languages are exciting and interesting – keep up the hard work, it will be worth it in the end.”
Gary Lineker “My wife and I learnt Spanish and Japanese when I played at Barcelona and Nagoya. We spent hours and hours in tuition – yet we could have learnt either language at school. Modern languages prepare you for modern life.”
Language student “You don’t just learn how to speak the language, you also learn all about the culture and lifestyle of foreign countries!”

View - MFL Schemes of Learning