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Modern Foreign Languages


In Modern Foreign Languages (MFL) we learn to communicate in French, and about the culture of French-speaking countries.



Speaking another language:

  • Improves memory, concentration and ability to multi-task
  • Reinforces English and literacy skills
  • Improves career prospects (most people in the UK speak at least 2 languages every day)
  • Improves understanding of the wider world
  • Provides an opportunity to make friends, travel and enjoy more music, food, films, etc.
  • Makes your brain healthier – it even delays dementia!

MFL is a required subject at GCSE/EBacc.



Some of the topics we study:

  • Yourself, your family and your friends
  • Sports and hobbies
  • Where you live
  • Animals
  • School
  • Media & Technology
  • Food
  • Clothes
  • Jobs
  • Holidays



Lessons include listening, reading, speaking and/or writing, and we share strategies for succeeding with each of these skills. We also use games, paired or group activities, ICT and genuine French texts (music, video, packaging, books, etc.) chosen by you! Learning a language is like playing an instrument or keeping fit – use it or lose it! And mistakes are inevitable so don’t be afraid. Just do your best. J



There is no homework in Year 5 and 6. However, we encourage pupils to practise French whenever they can (‘little but often’ is best). At the start of the year, we will suggest activities and websites which you might like to try.

In Year 7 and 8, homework is set every week. This may be to consolidate learning from lessons, prepare for an assessment, or further your understanding by conducting research or being creative. Help with homework is available at lunchtime and at after school club. We also recommend buying a French dictionary as online translation is not reliable.



Your teacher will assess your abilities during lessons, when they mark your books, and in formal assessments once a term. You will be assessed in:

  • Listening
  • Reading
  • Speaking
  • Writing

The emphasis is on helping you to understand and express yourself in a range of situations, rather than rote-learning chunks of text. For that, you’ll need to get your head around some grammar e.g. connectives, common verbs and using the past or future tense.