- WELCOME, BIENVENUE AND WILLKOMMEN TO MFL AT KES!
We are fortunate to be able to offer 2 languages to pupils at King Edward VI School Lichfield and through the study of one romance and one Germanic language, pupils gain an understanding of the similarities and differences between them and the cultures of the countries in which they are spoken.
In order to support pupils’ learning, we have created “Passbooks” (available for pupils to access on Switch) which contain all of the vocabulary, questions and skills that pupils need to succeed.
We also subscribe to online courses so that pupils can access any materials used in class from home.
The skills and techniques learned in MFL have been shown to improve pupils’ learning and cognitive abilities to such an extent that they even enhance their achievement in other subjects.
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Years 7 and 8
Languages are a part of the National Curriculum in England up to the age of 14 and almost all pupils in years 7 and 8 study both French and German.
As pupils will have had varied experiences of MFL learning prior to starting in year 7, we encourage them to share these experiences during our transition lessons so that we can best accommodate all learner’s needs.
We fully support them in acquiring the key language learning skills from their first few lessons and our co-ordinated approach across French and German means that pupils make rapid progress with their language learning.
Years 10 and 11
Demand from employers for MFL skills is increasing and we are delighted to be one of the very few Staffordshire schools to offer both French and German at GCSE. In line with governmental requirements, the majority of our pupils continue with their chosen language(s) at GCSE.
YRS 10 & 11 French & German Revision Resources
YRS 10 & 11 French Foundation Scheme of Work & Assessment Schedule
YRS 10 & 11 French Higher Scheme of Work & Assessment Schedule
YR 11 French Revision Schedule
YRS 10 & 11 German Foundation Scheme of Work
YRS 10 & 11 German Higher Scheme of Work & Assessment
YR 11 German Revision Schedule
Years 12 and 13
Although there has been a decline in numbers of students nationally taking A-levels in languages, numbers at KES have remained steady and we are committed to ensuring our pupils are well prepared for the global 21st century workplace. Both AQA French and German are offered at A-level.
Each year we aim to run a French trip for year 9 pupils and a German exchange visit for year 9 and 10 pupils.
This year, pupils in years 10 and 12 also had the opportunity to visit Berlin along with History pupils.
German Exchange Visit – December 2018 – Cologne Stadium Tour Years 9, 10 & 12
Normandy July 2019, Calvados Experience – Year 9
Berlin July 2019, Brandenburg Gate – Years 10 & 12
Letters sent home to parents
High quality teaching informed by strong knowledge of languages pedagogy is key for pupil achievement and we have a really great team of experienced and dedicated staff who are committed to supporting our pupils in achieving their full potential.
• Mrs S Dunn = Head of MFL [teaches German + French]
• Mrs J Briden = Head of French [teaches German + French]
• Mrs K Baker = teaches French + German
• Mrs E Loverock = teaches German + French
• Miss S Page = teaches German + French
• Mrs R Taylor = teaches French
• Miss E Howard = teaches French + German
How language learning supports academic achievement
Die Grenzen meiner Sprache bedeuten die Grenzen meiner Welt.
The limits of my language are the limits of my universe.
Most people in the world are multilingual, and everybody could be; no one is rigorously excluded from another’s language community except through lack of time and effort. Different languages protect and nourish the growth of different cultures, where different pathways of human knowledge can be discovered. They certainly make life richer for those who know more than one of them.
(Nicholas Ostler, Empires of the Word)
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.
Wer fremde Sprachen nicht kennt, weiß nichts von seiner eigenen
Those who know no foreign language knows nothing of his own.
(Johann Wolfgang von Goethe)
You might be interested to hear of a booklet put together as part of the MEITS project about the value of languages. The booklet is available here https://www.flipsnack.com/meits/languages-change-lives.html