Modern Foreign Languages

“You live a new life, for every language you speak”
Czech proverb

Welcome to the Modern Foreign Languages Department at New College Leicester

The MFL department aims to develop pupils’ understanding, acceptance and value of different languages and cultures. We are a team of enthusiastic linguists who speak various languages such as French, Spanish, Polish, Italian and German. We use our enthusiasm to develop pupils’ communication skills, confidence and resilience. We support other subjects by using languages as a way to improve literacy and oracy and help guide them to success. We also celebrate international languages and encourage all members of the New College community to promote the use of the 51 different languages spoken here.

We are delighted to offer French at KS3 and KS4, focussing teaching on the key skills needed to be a successful linguist. These being listening, reading, writing, speaking and translation. These skills are imbedded into lessons from day one in Year 7.

We are extremely excited to have introduced Spanish into the curriculum as part of our Expressive Arts pathway in Year 9. This means we now offer pupils the opportunity to learn a second MFL and we will be launching the subject into the KS4 curriculum next academic year. This brings about the opportunity for pupils to become dual-linguists.

Edexcel GCSE French Specification : https://qualifications.pearson.com/content/dam/pdf/GCSE/French/2016/specification-and-sample-assessments/Specification-Pearson-Edexcel-Level-1-Level-2-GCSE-9-1-French.pdf

Edexcel GCSE Spanish Specification: https://qualifications.pearson.com/content/dam/pdf/GCSE/Spanish/2016/specification-and-sample-assessments/Specification-Pearson-Edexcel-Level-1-Level-2-GCSE-9-1-Spanish.pdf

Useful Websites

To support students in their learning all students in years 7 to have access to ActiveLearn. We use this as a valuable revision tool and sometimes to set homework.

Wordreference.com is a useful online dictionary that can help support your child when completing their homework.

We provide students, for whom English is an additional language, the opportunity to take a GCSE in their home language. We are currently offering Arabic, Polish, Greek, Persian, Russian, Portuguese, Chinese, Gujarati, Punjabi, Bengali, German, Italian, Urdu and Turkish GCSEs. For further information, speak to one of the MFL staff.

Learning a foreign language is very important. Languages improve the quality of students’ lives and their understanding of how other people live and think. It may also improve their ability to find a job with many employers now looking for employees with language skills.

Languages for life! Languages for all!

Has your child downloaded the Duolingo app? Duolingo is an excellent tool to help with revision and improving speaking skills. Your child can track their own progress by following the step by step guide.

duolingo-796x419.jpg