Modern Foreign Languages
Our curriculum reflects an understanding of the needs and expectations of our community and prepares students for further study or the world of work. It supports all students by developing their knowledge and skills.
The teaching of languages aims to enable students to express their ideas and thoughts in another language and respond to its speakers both in speech and in writing. It provides opportunities for students to communicate for practical purposes; to learn new ways of thinking and to discover and develop an appreciation of a range of writing in the language studied. It aims to equip students with the skills necessary to study and work in other countries and /or to communicate with people from other countries, whilst working in the UK. The study of a modern foreign language at GCSE and A Level also broadens students’ horizons and encourages them to step beyond familiar cultural boundaries and to develop new ways of seeing the world.
Spanish was introduced four years ago as a first language and is taught together with French Panjabi and Urdu. The teaching builds on the foundations of language learning laid at KS2, whether students continue with the same language or take up a new one. Teaching focuses on developing the breadth and depth of students’ competence in listening, speaking, reading, writing and translating, based on a sound foundation of core grammar and vocabulary. Authentic spoken and written material adapted and abridged is used in order to enable students to acquire new knowledge, skills and ways of thinking and to stimulate ideas, develop creative expression and expand understanding of the language and culture of the countries and communities where the language is spoken.
Active learning strategies are an integral part of the teaching that takes place in the classroom where students are encouraged and supported in developing their spoken skills with a focus on the natural acquisition of language.
The curriculum has been designed and is delivered in a way that allows learners to transfer key knowledge to long-term memory.
Learners’ understanding and skill acquisitions are assessed regularly and help inform teaching
The GCSE MFL course begins in Year 9, allowing 3 years for students to prepare for the speaking, writing, reading and listening examinations at the end of Year 11. In all four languages, we follow the AQA specification for GCSE as it offers students the opportunity to develop their language skills in a realistic and challenging format.
Our aim is that students leave DMA equipped to use their French, Spanish, Panjabi or Urdu in leisure, further study and/ or work-related situations and that they have acquired knowledge and skills which will prepare them for an evolving global market.