MFL Zone

Modern Foreign Languages (MFL) at English Martyrs

What is Modern Foreign Languages?

At English Martyrs, the languages curriculum aims to foster pupils’ curiosity and deepen their understanding of the world, providing a solid foundation for learning further languages in the future. English Martyrs is committed to teaching in a creative and academically rigorous way, using a range of materials and medias to enhance learning for the pupils.

Our Language provision recognises that earning a foreign language not only enhances general communication language skills across the curriculum, but also offers an opening to other cultures. We aim to foster pupils’ curiosity and deepen their understanding of the world, providing a solid foundation for learning further languages in the future.

Why is it important to learn about modern foreign languages?

Learning a foreign language makes you think about cultural differences, and the celebrate fact that other people are different. Not only does learning a language improve your linguistic skills, it also can support wider learning such as SPAG, give great cross-curricular links and can enhance skills development such as listening skills, reading skills, decoding and memory skills.

How is modern foreign languages taught at English Martyrs?

English Martyrs offers all students the opportunity to learn French from year 3. French is taught in classes by Mrs Webb at least 45 minutes a week. This learning is augmented through language consolidation where possible during the course of teaching and learning across the curriculum.

How you can support your child at home with modern foriegn languages?

Links to websites:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/learning/subjects/childrens_learning.shtml
http://www.french-games.net

Ideas for home learning:
• Find cultural events connected to the language and culture being studied.
• Provide videos, books and music in the language.
• Summer language camps.
• Promote speaking, reading and writing when on holiday abroad to France.