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Modern Foreign Languages

Learning a foreign language is a necessary part of being a member of a multi-cultural society and provides an opening to other cultures.

A high-quality languages education should foster children’s curiosity and deepen their understanding of the world. The teaching should enable children to express their ideas and thoughts in another language and to understand and respond to its speakers, both in speech and in writing. It should also provide opportunities for them to communicate for practical purposes, learn new ways of thinking and read great literature in the original language. Language teaching should provide the foundation for learning further languages and further widen pupils’ understanding of the cultural and linguistic diversity of the world that they live in.

In line with the National Curriculum, the principal aims of MFL at Brabourne are to ensure that all pupils:

  • understand and respond to spoken and written language from a variety of authentic
  • 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

Cultural Capital in MFL

Through developing their competence and interest in MFL (French) the children will be able to make a positive contribution to the society within which they live and enable them to be successful in their career and the world of work. The children will have the opportunity to learn about the language and culture of another country.  As part our MFL curriculum, all pupils will develop fundamental skills (e.g. speaking confidently, present ideas) helping to develop their language and communications skills, understanding of the world and developing their self-confidence, enjoyment and engagement.  

To learn more about our MFL curriculum, please see:

Substantive & Disciplinary knowledge in MFL (Brabourne-CEP-Progression-MFL.pdf)