Modern Foreign Languages
At St. Stephen's Junior School we believe that the learning of a foreign language provides a valuable educational, social and cultural experience for our pupils. It helps them to develop communication skills, including key skills of speaking and listening, and extends their knowledge of how language works.
We teach Spanish at our school so that we can link with our partner school in Madrid. This gives pupils the motivation of an opportunity to speak Spanish in context and to visit the country, as well as writing in Spanish to pupils at the partner school. The program is based on the framework provided by the Primary Language Network which progresses in challenge by year group. Lessons are devised and taught by a confident Spanish speaker to maintain consistency of standard of teaching. Challenges have also been set so that children (if they choose to) can try out their oral skills with other adults around school to increase their confidence in speaking Spanish to others.
Learning another language gives children a new perspective on the world, encouraging them to understand their own cultures and those of others. Increased capability in the use of MFL also promotes initiative, confidence and independent learning and encourages diversity within society.
To increase children's linguistic competence through regular timetabled MFL sessions;
To develop pupils' communication and literacy skills that lay the foundation for future language learning;
To develop linguistic competence, extend their knowledge of how language works and explore differences and similarities between the target language and English;
To enhance pupils' awareness of the multilingual and multicultural world and introduce an international dimension to pupils' learning, giving them an insight into their own culture and those of others;
To foster an interest in language learning by introducing children to other languages in a way that is enjoyable and accessible to all pupils;
To provide an added perspective on first language teaching and learning.
At St. Stephen’s we promote a positive attitude towards learning other languages and about other cultures. With this in mind the target language taught by a teacher is dependent upon his/her ability and confidence in delivering the language in order to ensure that positivity and inspiration is passed on to the children as well as confidence.
A multi-sensory and kinesthetic approach to teaching is used as well as an emphasis on the use of games, rhymes and songs including ICT. Teachers ensure MFL lessons are challenging yet engaging so that the children develop a positive attitude to the learning of a language.
A multi-sensory and kinaesthetic approach to teaching is used as well as an emphasis on the use of games, rhymes and songs including ICT.
Duo Lingo is a particularly effective and highly recommended App which can be used both in school and at home. Tools such as this to ensure the children can be challenged at school and feel comfortable to continue their learning at home.