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Modern Foreign Languages Department

Our dynamic MFL department offers a window into the rest of the world. With four native speakers and the fresh outlook of our foreign language assistant, the MFL team has a wide breadth of knowledge. Student feedback reflects our continued popularity within the school thanks to the enjoyable and lively nature of lessons as well as strong staff-student relationships.

For detailed information on specifications refer to the Key Stage 4 or Key Stage 5 prospectus.

Our enthusiastic department offers an outstanding curriculum and great support for our students who have always performed well in Languages. We are passionate about opening students’ horizons and preparing them for higher education and the world of work through a positive experience of learning foreign languages. We all believe that the experience from the classroom is the starting point of something much bigger and that language learning is a skill which will bring our students much confidence and opportunities to develop and eventually be fluent. After school sessions are offered throughout the year to give extra support for students who want to benefit from the help that can be given in smaller groups.

Our results have proven to be well above the national average for over 10 years and students know that they can achieve in the subject. We aim to continue to provide an excellent offer and to develop the number of languages on offer. Many of our former students have moved and found exciting employments abroad and keep in touch to share their progress with us. It is heart-warming to know that we have played a part in their love for the language taught.

MFL Intent

In MFL, we believe in a challenging curriculum, aimed for all abilities. We give our students the opportunity to be ready for the world of work having good basis in the languages they are taught. We aim to teach all of our students up to Y11 at least through the more academic path, which are GCSEs, and the less exam focus, which is FCSE. Through studying modern foreign languages, you will be learning to consider your own culture through the discovery of other cultures. You will deepen your understanding of the world and of your native language. You will be able to express your ideas in a natural sequence starting with subjects you would naturally talk about as you learn to speak. You will have many opportunities to listen and respond to practical and social language preparing the foundations to communicate and work in the target language countries. You will be challenged by authentic texts and discover expressions and idioms which will further your understanding of the TL culture as well as your own.
Through covering everyday life topics, you will be immersed in the 4 skills equally as well as develop cultural understanding. We believe that the large majority of our students can take the Ebacc route and succeed.

The Team

Nadege Price

Head of Department

nprice@brookeweston.org

Alexie Pasdoit

Head of French

apasdoit@brookeweston.org

Maxime Jabado

Teacher of French

mjabado@brookeweston.org

Amber Colquhoun

Teacher of French

acolquhoun@brookeweston.org

Olivia Powell

Head of Spanish

Opowell@brookeweston.org

Kitty McGirr

Teacher of Spanish

Kmcgirr@brookeweston.org

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