Modern Foreign Languages

WHY STUDY MODERN FOREIGN LANGUAGES?

Contrarily to popular belief, more than 60% of the world’s population does not speak English.   Modern foreign languages are really important in the world we live in as they give you great skills for the rest of your life. The study of MFL is becoming ever more important as trade barriers in Europe disappear, closer partnerships develop between British business companies and their    counterparts abroad and the Internet never stops to bring everyone closer together. Your knowledge of and ability to understand and speak another language will make you more attractive to prospective employers in a wide range of careers as well as adding valuable additional dimensions to your life skills if you are considering university entrance.

WHAT DOES THE COURSE INVOLVE?

Through the skills of listening, speaking, reading, writing and translating you will develop the ability to understand and use your language in such a way that you can communicate effectively with other Europeans either abroad or in this country, whom you may meet socially or at work.

The course is topic based and covers three themes:

1.  Identity and culture

· Me, my family and friends
· Technology in everyday life
· Free-time activities
· Customs and festivals in French/German-speaking countries and communities

2.  Local, national, international and global areas of interest

· Home, town, neighbourhood and region
· Social issues
· Global issues
· Travel and tourism

3.  Current and future study and employment

· My studies
· Life at school/college
· Education post-16
· Jobs, career choices and ambitions

HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED?

The final examination will consist of four tests in listening, speaking (conducted by your teacher), reading and writing, each worth 25% of your final grade and will be taken either at foundation or higher level.

For further details of the course please talk to Miss Malaval or to your French or German     teacher.