Modern Foreign Languages

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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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With the new school year comes another opportunity to subscribe to Mary Glasgow Language Magazines. They are a great way of improving vocabulary and reading skills in a foreign language and articles cover a wide range of topics. See the letter for more details on how to subscribe. MPG Letter to parents

Years 7 and 8

WHY STUDY LANGUAGES (years 7 8 9) Routes Into Languages West Midlands – YouTube

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.

French YR7 Scheme of Work Assessment Schedule
German YR7 Scheme of Work & Assessment Schedule
French YR8 Scheme of Work & Assessment Schedule
German YR8 Scheme of Work & Assessment Schedule

MFL Year 8 Preference letter May 2021

Year 8 Language Options Presentation May 2021


Year 9

WHY STUDY LANGUAGES (years 10 & 11) Routes Into Languages West Midlands – YouTube

All pupils begin the AQA GCSE course in either French or German.  Pupils who show a real aptitude and who consistently achieve the highest test and assessment scores will be offered the opportunity to continue with both.  Numbers are limited to one class.

French YR9 Scheme of Work & Assessment Schedule
German YR9 Scheme of Work & Assessment Schedule

MFL Grpahic 2

Years 10 and 11

WHY STUDY LANGUAGES (years 10 & 11) Routes Into Languages West Midlands – YouTube

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

Languages at University Y12 Y13 2 – YouTube

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.

YRS 12 & 13 French Scheme of Work & Assessment Schedule
YRS 12 & 13 German Scheme of Work & Assessment Schedule


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.

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German Exchange Visit – December 2018 – Cologne Stadium Tour  Years 9, 10 & 12

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Normandy July 2019, Calvados Experience – Year 9

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Berlin July 2019, Brandenburg Gate – Years 10 & 12


Letters sent home to parents

MPG Letter to parents

Pearson Active Learn Instructions

Initial Letter to Parents Normandy 2020

German exchange 19-20 letter

MFL Staff

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.
(Ludwig Wittgenstein)
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.
(Nelson Mandela)
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)

French Exchange Flyer for 2020

German exchange 19-20 letter 2 – October 2019

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