Modern Foreign Languages

We encourage pupils to understand the importance of a second language in today's world

and we promote pupils' reflection on all the benefits they could receive in different areas of

life, such as education, career and general everyday communication. In addition, we believe

that the study of modern foreign language (MFL) may lead pupils to recognise that diversity

is a matter for respect and celebration in a world of multiple cultures and languages. 

 

At the Bridge Education Centre, we offer both options of studying either Spanish or French. 

 

Key facts about the languages

  • Spanish is a global language, and it is the second most widely spoken language in the world

        with more than 470 million native speakers.

 

  • Spanish language and culture are becoming more and more influential worldwide.

 

  • Spanish is also the third most widely used language on the Internet; it is the second most used

        language on Twitter in London; and it also comes second on Facebook.

 

  • The number of people studying Spanish has increased steadily, to the extent that it has overtaken

        German as the UK’s second most popular language to learn at GCSE level.

 

  • French is the second most widely learned foreign language after English, and the fifth most

        widely spoken language in the world. More than 300 million people speak French on five continents.

 

  • French is the international language of cooking, fashion, theatre, the visual arts, dance, and architecture. 

 

  • France is the world’s top tourist destination and attracts more than 87 million visitors a year. The

       ability to speak even a little French makes it so much more enjoyable to visit Paris and all the regions of France and offers insights into                 France’s culture and way of life. 

 

  • French is a good base for learning other languages, especially Romance languages as well as English, since a significant percentage of English vocabulary is derived from French.

 

 

 For both Spanish and French, pupils will study the following:

 

Year 7

  • Introduction to languages

  • Introduction to family

  • Introduction to hobbies

  • Introduction to home

  • Introduction to town and region

  • Introduction to school 

 

Year 8

  • Introduction to holidays

  • Holidays: past, present, and future

  • Introduction to food & eating out

  • Introduction to healthy living

  • Life at school

 

Year 9

  • Introduction to jobs and future plans

  • Review of hobbies: film, TV and music

  • Review of hobbies: the arts and sport

  • Review of relationships and introduction to future plans

  • Introduction to festivals, culture & traditions

  • Transactional language & review

 

Year 10

  • Review of prior knowledge

  • Introduction to technology

  • Mock exams and revision strategies

  • Hometown & region

  • Customs & festivals

 

Year 11

  • Introduction to global issues

  • Review & mock exams

  • Volunteering and review of social issues

  • Tense consolidation and theme review

  • Exam preparation

 

Skills taught across all Modern Foreign Languages:

  1. Reading comprehension

  2. Listening comprehension

  3. Grammar

  4. Speaking and Communication

  5. Written expression

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