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Modern Foreign Languages

We believe in the transformative effects of Modern Foreign Languages. They can play a vital role in the future of our students, opening the doors of possibility and opportunity.

In this time of globalization, languages are essential in the 21st century and provide students with lifelong skills.

Having a GCSE in a modern language is looked upon favourably by both colleges and employers.

The ability to communicate with other people in their own language can play a valuable part in forming relationships, building mutual understanding and trust, and developing the networks upon which business opportunities depend.

We offer French and Spanish at Yewlands. Our Modern Foreign Languages department has run successful visits to Barcelona in the past, giving students the opportunity to practice their language skills and immerse themselves in the culture of another country.

Curriculum overview

Whilst students at present study both French and Spanish at KS4, we currently offer only Spanish at KS3.

A modern language is one of the five subjects which make up what is known as ‘EBacc’ (English Baccalaureate)

The government’s aim is to increase the number of GCSE students studying the Ebacc subjects so that by the time current Year 8 students start their GCSE courses, 90% of them will take a language at GCSE level. With this in mind, an increasing number of students will be guided to take an MFL at GCSE over the next few years.

The national curriculum for languages aims to ensure that all students:

  • understand and respond to spoken and written language from a variety of authentic sources
  • speak with increasing confidence, fluency and spontaneity, finding ways of communicating what they want to say, including through discussion and asking questions, and continually improving the accuracy of their pronunciation and intonation
  • can write at varying length, for different purposes and audiences, using the variety of grammatical structures that they have learnt
  • discover and develop an appreciation of a range of writing in the language studied.