At KMS our intention is to make the learning of languages an interesting and varied experience.
We aim to create, over the three years pupils are with us, a growing independence in learning a language, recognition and an understanding of the importance of other cultures in our modern world and the ability to transfer the skill of learning one language to the learning of others. In the global community in which we now live, languages have become increasingly important. The study of languages help us to understand the culture of others; language skills are sought after by employers and universities alike and many university courses require a language at GCSE as an entry point.
All classrooms have Interactive Whiteboards which are put to full use in the teaching of MFL. These allow the pupils chance to fully participate in lessons and enable the daily use of authentic materials from the web such as French Estate Agents sites and clips showing sports from French speaking nations in Africa which enhance the cultural understanding of the pupils. The majority of lessons in KS3 start with an online news clip, enabling the pupils to develop understanding of a wide range of vocabulary , whilst accepting that they can work out meaning, without understanding every word.
The need to guide pupils to become more independent in their learning has led us to subscribe to a number of programs which can be accessed by pupils from home. Linguascope allows pupils to develop their own language skills and vocabulary independently and we find that many of our pupils are interested in transferring the language skills acquired in French lessons at school to the initial stages of learning other languages. Some homeworks are set online using Doddle, which allows full differentiation of work for different groups. In addition, we encourage the purchase of a subscription to Mary Glasgow Magazines which offer traditional magazine based text and activities alongside web-based materials. The magazines are colourful, modern and aimed at the interests of young language learners. Magazines are available for KS3 pupils and your child’s French teacher is always willing to guide you towards the relevant magazine. Spanish and German magazines can also be ordered. Unfortunately suitable KS2 magazines do not seem to be available, so we have decided to offer the chance to buy French workbooks, which enable the pupils to practise in a fun way across a range of contexts.