Modern Foreign Language

Modern Foreign Language Curriculum Intent

We aim to support all learners studying a Modern Foreign Language to become competent and culturally informed linguists with a variety of transferable skills.

At Key Stage 3 we intend to develop a broad range of key grammar structures; different tenses that convey the past, present and future and a wide ranging, accurate and deepening vocabulary. Our objective is to support learners in developing listening and reading skills with a variety of familiar and unfamiliar language; translation skills with short texts and writing skills that support the composition of prose – both creatively and to express own ideas and opinions. In addition, we intend for learners to develop knowledge and interest in exploring culture – focussing particularly on areas where the target language is spoken.

At Key Stage four we aim to develop increasingly independent learners and prepare them for further language study in school, higher education or for employment. We intend to expand the ability to communicate confidently and coherently with increasing accuracy and fluency; to deepen knowledge about how language works; acquire new knowledge, skills and ways of thinking through the ability to understand and respond to authentic spoken and written material, and enrich vocabulary. We support learners in developing awareness and understanding of the culture and identity of the countries and communities where the target language is spoken.

At Key Stage 5 we facilitate the enhancement of linguistic skills as well as other transferable skills. This includes promoting and developing the capacity for critical thinking, controlling the language system to convey meaning, using spoken and written skills and extending learner’s range of vocabulary. Our intention is to support learners to engage critically with intellectually stimulating texts, films and other materials in the target language; developing an appreciation of the complexities of language and an affection for culture – including developing knowledge about matters central to the society and culture, past and present, of the countries where the language is spoken.

The limits of my language mean the limits of my world.

Ludwig Wittgenstein

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