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Modern Foreign Languages at Selllindge

 

 

Bonjour  Bore da   Buna Ziua   Ni hao

 

Guten tag    Maharba      Namaste

 

‘Learning a foreign language is a liberation from insularity and provides an opening to other cultures.  A high quality languages education should foster pupils’ curiosity and deepen their understanding of the world.’

 

As the UK is becoming an increasingly multicultural society, we have a duty to provide our children with an understanding of other cultures and languages. The new languages curriculum, introduced in September 2014 states that teaching of any modern or foreign language is now statutory at KS2.

 

Learning a language enriches the curriculum, providing excitement, enjoyment and challenge for children and teachers, helping to create enthusiastic learners and to develop positive attitudes to language learning throughout life. The natural links between languages and other areas of the curriculum can enhance the overall teaching and learning experience. The skills, knowledge and understanding gained make a major contribution to the development of children's oracy and literacy and to their understanding of their own culture/s and those of others. Language also lies at the heart of ideas about individual identity and community, and learning another language can do a great deal to shape children's ideas in this critical area as well as giving them a new perspective on their own language.

 

Language learning leads to gains across the curriculum Children approach a broad range of learning activities in a new and challenging context; these relate to mother tongue literacy, to mathematics and other subject areas such as geography, music and citizenship. This can lead to deep learning and significant gains in their general understanding as they recycle and reinterpret existing knowledge. Through the conscious development of language learning they are also learning how to learn. 

 

Our aims of teaching MFL are for children to:

 

  • foster an interest in learning another language;
  • become aware that language has a structure, and that this structure differs from one language to another;
  • speak with increasing confidence, fluency and spontaneity;
  • write at varying length for different purposes and audiences;
  • discover an appreciation of a range of writing in a foreign language;
  • gain enjoyment, pride and a sense of achievement;
  • explore and apply strategies to improve their learning;
  • explore their own cultural identities and those of others.

 

 

To help your child not only investigate learning French in an exciting format they also have the opportunity to learn Italian, Spanish, German or even Latin, we have subscribed to Linguafun - please see the link below. Your child will need their log on and password, if they have forgotten this please ask them to see Miss Goodall for a replacement.