KS3 Modern Foreign Languages
At KS3, all students study a modern foreign language, gaining the skills and knowledge that will allow them to continue to GCSE. Students at The MFG learn either French or Spanish, with opportunities for keen linguists to practise a second language in after-school clubs.
Learning languages gives students opportunities to develop their listening, speaking, reading and writing skills and to express themselves with increasing confidence, independence and creativity. They enjoy gaining an insight into other countries, cultures and communities, which in turn gives them a different perspective and deeper insight into their own language, culture and society.
The study of modern foreign languages at KS3 helps students start to develop a range of transferable skills for further study and the world of work, including: problem-solving, active listening, verbal and non-verbal communication, relationship-building skills and collaborative problem-solving.
The MFG is lucky enough to benefit from French and Spanish language assistants, providing opportunities for students to practise speaking and listening with native speakers. Students are also given online access to resources that allow them to practise key skills or topics and track their progress at home.
More able linguists are encouraged to take up a second language through extra-curricular classes, which can fast-track them to an extra GCSE. Teachers also organise an annual trip, offered to Year 9, which gives students the opportunity to visit another country and try out their language skills in real-life situations.