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Modern Foreign Languages (MFL)

‘One language sets you in a corridor for life; a second opens the doors along the way.’ At The Latimer Arts College, students have the opportunity to develop their practical language skills as well as to understand more about the cultures of the wider world.

Through the study of MFL our students have access to a rich, broad and varied curriculum, learning more about diverse aspects of other cultures and articulating their own views and opinions in the target language.   We provide opportunities to experience a world beyond our school, becoming more inquisitive about the wider world in which they live.  Our curriculum is challenging, and we ensure high standards of academic achievement, opening doors and providing windows into a whole range of ambitious choices for their future pathways.

Our curriculum aims for MFL are based on the National Curriculum and the exam specifications, and we seek out topics and themes that will engage and enthuse the students in our own community in order to meet these goals.  Our students listen to and read from a wide range of sources, including native speakers, developing an extensive, relevant vocabulary.  Students develop and enhance their productive linguistic skills, enabling them to communicate in speaking and writing with increasing levels of fluency, challenge and accuracy. Students transfer their skills across topics, with frequent opportunities to revisit and practise the building blocks required to communicate at an appropriate, yet challenging level. Their understanding of how languages work grows through carefully structured, progressive programmes of study.  The study of MFL at the College provides our students with the opportunity to develop their problem-solving, resilience and communication skills, preparing them to be successful in the next stage in their education, training or employment.

Our overarching goal in MFL is to provide our students with the tools and support they need in order to be the best they can be.