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.
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.
Currently French is the dominant target language taught across the school, with a four-level progressive Rising Star French Programme used throughout the school. However we are very fortunate to have Spanish, Italian and German speaking teachers who are teaching these languages in their classes. This gives the children a wide knowledge of different languages so that they feel confident to select the correct language for them when they reach secondary school.
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.
Using interactive technology (iPads) to make learning exciting:
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.
A particularly effective App that is being used throughout the school is Duo Lingo, which has allowed the children to practise the taught vocabulary and grammar from lessons, both in school and at home.
Teachers use tools such as this to ensure the children can be challenged at school and feel comfortable to continue their learning at home.
We at St. Stephen’s Junior really believe it is key that children develop a positive attitude to the learning of a language.