Modern Foreign Languages - French
Why are Modern Foreign Languages important? Why do they matter?
The intention of our MFL curriculum in the Olympus Academy Trust is to promote confidence, curiosity and enjoyment in learning French. We do this by developing learners’ ability to communicate in both spoken and written French for practical purposes and for fun. We aim to enable learners to speak and write French with increasing confidence, demonstrating substantial progress across Key Stage 2.
Our aim is also to develop and foster an understanding and appreciation of French-speaking cultures and their similarities and differences to our own by looking at authentic texts and listening to authentic songs, stories and rhymes.
In addition, we want to equip all learners with language learning strategies, including using a bi-lingual dictionary, strategies for memorisation and retrieval and using context and prior knowledge to aid comprehension, all of which will provide a foundation for learning further languages at secondary school.
How does studying Modern Foreign Languages help young people to achieve?
Learning a language enables learners to express their ideas and thoughts in different ways and deepens knowledge and understanding of other countries and cultures. French is widely spoken throughout the world by many different cultures and studying French gives learners an opportunity to make links between other languages and cultures and their own. In an increasingly global society, being able to communicate in more than one language will benefit all learners and will widen their opportunities by equipping them to study and work in other countries in the future.
In addition teachers in primary schools in the Trust should be mindful that this is an area of the curriculum where SEND children can experience success.