In an increasingly interconnected world, our department’s vision is to help students to understand and appreciate their own as well as other cultures and empower them to communicate and participate successfully as informed citizens in a global society.
Our approach to learning foreign languages
At Nailsea School we teach French, German and Spanish within Key Stage 3 and we offer all three languages as an option at Key Stage 4. We strongly believe that learning a foreign language prepares our students for life in modern Britain, in which the world of work increasingly involves using languages other than English and where business opportunities increase with the knowledge of a foreign language.
During Year 7 and 8 all students are studying French and German with an equal split of 3 hours per fortnight. Towards the end of Year 8, students are able to make their options for Year 9. They can either continue with French and German, or drop one of the two in order to pick up Spanish.
In our lessons, we use a variety of techniques to ensure our student enjoy learning foreign languages: these include games, role-play, songs, storytelling and interactive ICT programmes. To bring the language to life we incorporate real objects and events and create links to students in our target language speaking countries. We watch videos and listen to recordings in order to expose the students to authentic material on a regular basis. We also emphasise the importance of learning vocabulary and make time in lesson for the acquisition of new words. Homework often involves learning a set of new words for shot vocabulary tests.
More than 200 million people speak French on the five continents. French is the second most widely learned foreign language after English, and the ninth most widely spoken language in the world. French is also the only language, alongside English, that is taught in most countries. A knowledge of French opens the doors of French companies in France and other French-speaking parts of the world (Canada, Switzerland, Belgium, and North and sub-Saharan Africa). As the world’s fifth biggest economy and number-three destination for foreign investment, France is a key economic partner.
German is not only an official language in Germany but also in Austria, Switzerland, Luxembourg, and Liechtenstein, which makes German the most spoken language in Europe. It is also the 3rd most popular foreign language taught worldwide and the second most popular in Europe and Japan, after English. Furthermore Germany has the third largest economy in the world and is the economic powerhouse of the European Union. This means that Germany’s economic strength equals business opportunities.
Spanish is spoken by at least an estimated 350 million people around the world and is currently the 4th most commonly spoken language worldwide. Geographically, a large number of countries have Spanish as a dominant language: Spain, the United States, Venezuela, Argentina, Chile, Equatorial Guinea, the Philippines, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Peru, Mexico, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Panama, Colombia, Bolivia, Paraguay, and Uruguay. Knowing Spanish opens the door for you to communicate with 1/3 of a billion speakers worldwide and opens up a wide range of business opportunities!
MFL Lessons Per Fortnight
Year 7 = 6
Year 8 = 6
Year 9 = 6
Year 10 = 5*
Year 11 = 5*
*Per language if selected as a GCSE option