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Modern Foreign Languages
“If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart.” – Nelson Mandela
Welcome & Ethos
In the Modern Foreign Languages department our aim is to promote cultural understanding and acceptance as well as the skills required to successfully communicate in another language. Through engaging and challenging MFL lessons students develop their listening, speaking, reading and writing skills.
As a department we are passionate about language learning, travel and understanding foreign cultures. Many of us have personal links to France, Spain and/or Germany and we endeavour to pass this love of languages and appreciation for other cultures on to all our students.
Context of the Subject
At Nunnery Wood, we are keen to promote the study of a foreign language because of its increasing importance in the modern world. The experience of learning and using a foreign language makes a unique contribution to the whole curriculum by taking students out of the familiar environment, which is pervaded by English, and allowing them to explore the lifestyle and culture of other countries through the medium of its language.
Language learning extends students’ horizons and provides them with the tools to communicate with people from different parts of the world. Students really enjoy being able to express themselves in another language and to understand that language in both its spoken and written forms. Language learning provides students with a sense of success and achievement, thus increasing their self-esteem.
Mrs L Kendrick
Phone: 01905 363682
Assistant Curriculum Leader
1 full-time member of staff
4 part-time members of staff
1 full time teaching assistant.
The MFL department is comprised of our own suite of five well-equipped classrooms with a central departmental office. Each classroom has an interactive whiteboard in order to support interactive learning and teaching. We are also supported by up-to-date resources for KS3 and GCSE courses and we have invested in flip cameras for video and sound recording to enable peer, self and teacher assessment. Both staff and students have ready access to online language learning websites that are used to enhance the teaching and learning of MFL in school and at home. Finally, we are very lucky to have a dedicated teaching assistant who is fluent in all 3 languages who completes small group activities both in and out of the classroom.