MFL - French & German
The MFL Department at St Bede’s is ambitious, experienced and specialised. It has very high standards of teaching and learning and aims to create skilled, enthusiastic and independent language learners as well as educated global citizens.
We strive to cultivate a life-long love of languages by exploring together new and exciting cultures, interesting linguistics and by sharing the value and joy of communication.
Learning a foreign language is a liberation from insularity and provides an opening to other cultures. We want pupils to feel that the MFL experience at St Bede’s is rewarding and fun and to open their eyes to the wonderful world in which we live. We believe a high-quality languages education should foster pupils’ curiosity and deepen their understanding of the world. Pupils study a variety of topic areas as well as use authentic materials such as realia, literature and films as well as whole school events to enhance their Cultural Awareness and Intercultural Understanding.
Based on the Studio and Stimmt courses, our MFL curriculum incorporates grammar and vocabulary and focusses heavily on linguistic competence in order to inspire confidence in our language learners. We believe it serves for individual differences, abilities and interests and we endeavour to provide opportunities for all pupils to develop a high level of literacy and numeracy in MFL, preparing them for success in adult life. In lessons, students will use the four skills of Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing. The curriculum at all key stages is underpinned by a mastery approach, equipping pupils with a foundation for continuing their education at A Level, learning different languages or to study and work in other countries.
The MFL Department are delighted to have been awarded the prestigious status of a ‘Smart Choice: German School’ by the Goethe Institute in the summer of 2018. The institute is a German cultural association, which operates worldwide, promoting the study of the German language abroad and encouraging international cultural exchanges and relations. The Institute was founded and is funded by the German Government. We have received such an accolade as we have a firm commitment to the teaching and learning of German here at St Bede’s. German, together with French, has been taught here since our opening in 1957. We aim to do everything possible to make St. Bede’s pupils stand out from the crowd; by learning German, our pupils benefit from a broader and more ambitious curriculum. We also recognise the practical and economic reasons for studying German and want to convey this as much as possible to our pupils. As a small school, when so many of our neighbouring secondary schools study Spanish, it is wonderful that our passion for German has been recognised and we have received such an honour.
Thanks to our work with the Goethe Institute, we run an outreach programme, teaching German in four of our feeder primary schools on a weekly basis and have hosted numerous events, talks and competitions for our network members.
Both French and German are taught in the MFL Department, which are compulsory in Key Stage 3 and optional at KS4.
Each Year Group will study one language during their time at St Bede’s; the language offered to the new Year 7 cohort will change every year.
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St Bede’s Catholic High School,
St Anne’s Road,
Telephone: 01695 570335