Modern Foreign Languages
At BSB we believe that learning a foreign language provides a valuable educational, social and cultural experience which encourages students to embrace a global outlook on the world. Being able to speak a foreign language, our students are well equipped for careers with an international dimension. MFL enriches the curriculum by promoting initiative, confidence, creativity, intercultural sensitivity and independent learning.
The languages offered at BSB are French, German, Mandarin and Spanish. MFL is a compulsory subject from Year 3 to Year 11. French, German, Spanish and Mandarin are offered currently at IGCSE level. French, Spanish, German and Russian are also being taught currently at AS/A2 Level.
We also offer support to students with a strong knowledge of other languages, enabling them to sit international examinations to certify their proficiency. We have had students in the past sitting Portuguese, Russian, Italian, Korean and Japanese IGCSE and A Levels.
Our approach to language teaching stresses the importance of communication in the language - we prepare our students to be successful when using the foreign language in real life situations and when talking to native speakers. Since all MFL teachers are native speakers or near native speakers, the students get a large amount of authentic language input. Furthermore, regular visits from native speakers to language lessons give the students the chance to apply their skills first hand.
When pupils start learning the foreign language of their choice in Year 3, the focus lies on listening and speaking, but they are gradually introduced to the written form of the language. Pupils join in a variety of learning activities that provide enjoyment and stimulation, such as games encouraging vocabulary retention, chanting rhyming words, singing songs, role plays, responding to simple stories. The methods used cater for all the learning styles: visual, auditory and kinesthetic.
As they progress through Key Stage 2, pupils move from the single word level to the sentence level. They learn the core vocabulary to do with topics from their sphere of interest and are able to have conversations about them.
In Secondary School, students are learning to manipulate the language and go beyond a mere imitation towards a more original use. Students learn through role plays simulating real life situations, research projects, presentations and interviews with native speakers. Cross curricular links with other subjects (History, Art, Geography, Music and Maths for example) reinforce the relevance of foreign languages. The focus lies on enabling students to take authorship of their own learning by developing independent learning skills and being aware of language learning strategies.
Events outside the classroom highlight the intercultural dimension of language learning. Trips abroad (e.g. Austria, Germany, Spain, Italy, Switzerland, France) are organised every year and they are an opportunity to experience foreign languages in action. Language Day Celebrations focus on the European Day of Languages (26th September) and raise awareness for linguistic diversity. MFL uses Showbie in the Secondary School to offer links to websites for further practice. Here are some useful links for language learning:
Useful websites for learning Spanish
For KS4 and KS5
Useful websites for learning French
For KS2 and KS3
Useful websites for learning German
Useful Websites for Learning Mandarin
For KS2, KS3 and KS4
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