Modern Foreign Languages

"Progress made by pupils in modern foreign languages is outstanding year on year compared to their peers with similar starting points nationally."

Addey & Stanhope School Ofsted Report, April 2018

Our Approach
As well as equipping students with a language toolkit of strategies for creating the language itself, we help students to learn French and Spanish within challenging and engaging contexts. We enhance the classroom learning with visits overseas or within the UK to help the students learn through experience and create their own context for language development. We deliver this at both Key Stages through the teaching of French and Spanish, two immensely important world languages, to allow our learners to succeed within the framework of their own personal strengths and interests. Within this, all students are encouraged to make progress in their own way, and we have a variety of assessment pathways that allow this, giving clear recognition to a candidate’s particular learning strengths, while at the same time highlighting areas for development and consolidation.

Key Stage 3

Year 7 

Students have 2 hours of either French or Spanish a week.

Students are introduced to productive skills (Speaking and Writing) and receptive skills (Reading and Listening). Target language is used from the outset, learning classroom instructions and basic requests in either French or Spanish. Students are encouraged to become independent students, using online resources and dictionaries. Students are assessed through continual and formal assessment.

Year 8

Students have 2 hours of either French or Spanish a week.

They continue building on the knowledge, skills and experiences they have developed in Year 7.

A number of students are given the opportunity to study Latin as an extra, leading to the option of a Level 1 qualification.

Year 9

Students have 2 hours of either French or Spanish a week.

Students are now introduced to more sophisticated aspects of French or Spanish that prepare them for GCSE study. There is now a greater emphasis on productive skills (Speaking and Writing).

Key Stage 4

Students strengthen the basics of French or Spanish learnt at KS3 to ensure their language skills are solid, to then develop a deeper understanding of the language and culture. Online resources are used to support homework and independent study.

Community Languages

If a student is literate in a home language which is examined as a GCSE, they are given the opportunity to enter the exam. We will support them with the rhetoric of the papers and organise the speaking element of the exam, although we cannot teach the languages. Currently, there are GCSEs in Portuguese, Punjabi, Persian, Polish, Arabic, Urdu, Bengali, Gujurati, Italian, Japanese, Chinese (Mandarin and Cantonese), German, Turkish and Russian. These exams are usually taken in Year 10.

How to support language learning at home 

It can be difficult to assist your child in learning a language, especially if you do not speak the language being taught. Nevertheless, there is a variety of simple things that could be done at home in order to maximise progress and ensure that your child develops strong language learning skills for their future.

Help your child make time to practice.

Learning a language is like learning to play an instrument. There needs to be time to practice. There is a variety of free online resources; of these www.languagesonline.org.uk is highly recommended to help students consolidate their use of grammar.

Have your child teach you to say something in the language every day. Explaining is learning. Let your child laugh at your mangled pronunciation - and correct you.

Provide videos, books and music in the language.  Ask the teacher for suggestions before you buy to make sure the resources are geared toward a young learner rather than an adult business traveller. Apps such as “news is slow French” and websites such as “coffee break French” are excellent.

The following apps also have websites to support your child:

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Ms Scopsi  (Head of MFL)