Modern Foreign Languages
"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." - Nelson Mandela
"One language sets you in a corridor for life. Two languages open every door along the way." - Frank Smith"You can never understand one language until you understand at least two." - Geoffrey Willans
At Gilbert Inglefield we support the view that learning a modern foreign language is an entitlement for all pupils. We believe that many children really enjoy learning to speak another language and we also believe that the earlier a child is exposed to a foreign language, the faster the language in question is acquired, the less self-conscious about speaking aloud they become.We believe that enjoyment is an important part of the learning process and we aim for fluency while having fun.
We strive to provide the children with the best preparation for Upper School and, using our own resources and the coursebook, we teach the four skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing. In Key Stage 2 we cover the basics of the language such as greetings, personal descriptions, giving opinions, life around school, hobbies and weather. In Key Stage 3, we focus on expanding their vocabulary and grammar and being able to communicate confidently on the topics of holidays, daily routine, house chores, talents and ambitions and sports. They will enjoy projects linked with other subjects such as geography, drama, art, music and ICT.
The children are taught in forms in Years 5 and 6 and set by ability from Year 7 onwards. We use the target language as appropriate and employ a variety of teaching methods ranging from drama, ICT, Interactive Whiteboard, songs and games. For vocabulary learning we favour the "look, cover, write, check" method. There are regular unit tests and an annual exam in the summer term.
Other curriculum experiences include Year 7 and 8 visit to Boulogne Sur Mer; a European Day of Languages assembly and a Year 5 and 6 French Day.