Curriculum Subject: FRENCH and SPANISH
Curriculum Leader: Mrs. J Griffin
Subject Teachers: Mrs. J Griffin, Mrs Z. Benson, Mrs A. Astbury
"If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his own language, that goes to his heart"...
Overall Purpose of the Subjects - Summary:
At Dyson Perrins (Church of England) Academy we are aware that every student is entitled to experience success in learning and encourage them through the study of a Modern Foreign Language to ‘think of themselves as citizens of the world as well as the United Kingdom’. We create a learning environment in the classroom that motivates and encourages students to communicate, as far as possible, in the target language, and invite them to take on challenges as well as risks with their learning. We also help our students to develop their independent learning styles and build their self-esteem by providing them with opportunities to discover for themselves their strengths and help them overcome their weaknesses. We employ different teaching methods that actively engage our students in meaningful and experiential learning as well as trigger their curiosity. We endeavor to do this through careful questioning, peer-and-self-assessment and through interactive methods of teaching and learning. Real communication is the central thread of our lessons and the teaching of grammar is considered vital to develop genuine independence in the students’ ability to express themselves. It is also important that our students are given access to a wide range of resources, including the use of ICT and authentic materials. Enrichment activities are offered, whenever possible, including extra-curricular trips abroad as mentioned below. Overall, the MFL department hopes to develop their students’ all-around education and the competencies needed to enter the world of work after their full-time education. Furthermore, the increased understanding of other cultures helps students to develop greater tolerance of the wide range of people of different race, religion and background that they will encounter in our modern society.