Modern Foreign Languages (MFL)
At Brompton Hall we believe that a Modern Foreign Language prepares our students to participate in a rapidly changing world in which work and other activities are often carried out in languages other than English. Spanish is the modern foreign language that is taught at Brompton Hall. By studying the Spanish language in the context of everyday life, students will be able to gain experience of the language, build up an understanding of other cultures and thus, hopefully increase their appreciation, respect and tolerance of other beliefs, views, opinions, values and principles of others. Increased capability in the use of another language promotes initiative, confidence and independent learning and encourages diversity within society.
Through teaching Spanish we aim to encourage our students:
- To foster an interest in learning other languages;
- To introduce our students to another language in a way that is enjoyable and fun;
- To make our students aware that language has a structure, and that the structure differs from one language to another;
- To help our students develop their awareness of cultural differences in other countries;
- To develop their speaking and listening skills;
- To lay the foundations for future study
The Year 6 class have one weekly Spanish lesson and the Year 7 and 8 students have one weekly Spanish lesson for 1 ½ terms of each academic year, in order to ensure progression and skills development.
The students are taught to know and understand how to:
- Ask and answer questions;
- Use correct pronunciation and intonation;
- Memorise words;
- Interpret meaning;
- Understand basic grammar;
- Work in pairs and groups, and communicate in Spanish;
- Look at life in another culture.
During Spanish lessons our students are given the opportunity to work as a class, as individuals and as part of a group. The choice of class organisation is determined by the learning task. By its nature MFL will involve lots of interaction with visual, auditory and kinaesthetic prompts.