At NIA, the Modern Foreign Languages department believe that access to effective language learning is essential to thriving in a growing, global world. The study of languages is integral to the curriculum and benefits learners as they grow to understand cultures, traditions, identity, and celebrate the root of communication in our exploration of modern language study. Language learning is the doorway to cultural communities and enhancing our students’ achievement and future career opportunities. From KS2 to KS5, we aim:
- To promote our students’ enjoyment and engagement with language learning
- To encourage students to progress in four key skills: listening, reading, writing and speaking in order to enable them to communicate effectively
- To promote students’ curiosity, problem solving skills and deepen their understanding of their own identity and other cultures
- To guide our pupils on future career opportunities and develop essential skills to meet specific industry needs
- To broaden horizons and challenge stereotypes of Spanish and German speaking countries through a deepened cultural understanding
- To instil a passion for the lifelong journey of language learning
The MFL curriculum is designed to provide every pupil with the opportunity to succeed, regardless of ability. The KS4 and KS5 curriculum leads on from the strong foundation skills built in the previous key stages to ensure that a solid basis for transition is achieved.
The key skills and structures taught in our languages curriculum follows a cyclical structure, to enhance understanding and improve long-term working memory. This structure provides consistent opportunities for our pupils to revisit grammar structures and vocabulary in regular recall and retrieval-based tasks.
Links to careers and essential skills are thoughtfully planned and regularly presented to students to ensure that pupils understand the main reasons to study a foreign language, the key skills it will equip them with, and the future career pathways linked to this subject. We aim to develop core skills highly valued by employers, such as communication and resilience, throughout the MFL curriculum in order to prepare pupils for future employment.