Modern Foreign Languages (MFL)
“If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart.” Nelson Mandela
The study of Modern Foreign Languages (MFL) is an important part of the curriculum at Bredon Hill Academy. All pupils in the school study French. The teaching staff within the department are committed and enthusiastic and there is a communicative and practical approach to language teaching.
All pupils are taught all four skills of listening, reading, speaking and writing and each of these skill areas are practised and assessed on a regular basis. There is a positive and innovative approach to target language teaching and also teaching pupils to use the language for their own purposes. At BHA, teachers of MFL want to promote a more spontaneous use of the target language.
Our French lessons also aim at developing the awareness of our pupils of what lies behind a different language, enhancing the richness and the diversity of different culture by using authentic resources as well as making links with pupils from different countries.
We have a well established partnership with the College Mauboussin in Mamers, France and all pupils in Years 7 and 8 have regular penpal letters’ exchange with the French pupils.
Pupils in Year 7 taking part in the French trip are able to meet their penpals during our visit to our partner school. We have also hosted the French pupils for the last five years. These exchanges give a real purpose to the learning of the language.
We also have a running eTwinning project with schools in Spain, Italy, Belgium, Portugal and Tunisia where in a safe virtual environment, our pupils can learn to get to know each other, share their own experiences as well as developing their skills and competences in French communication and computing.
We also have an Erasmus+ partnership with NMS in Saint. Michael in Austria. All our pupils will be finding out more about Austria and will develop their communication skills by learning some basic German.
In Year Six, pupils have three lessons per fortnight where they are introduced to the language and develop or reinforce the basic topics and language skills.
In Year Seven, pupils have five lessons a fortnight and cover sports and hobbies, places in town, school and food whilst learning how to become more confident with the language, adapting and developing the language with use of opinions, connectives, intensifiers and time phrases. Pupils learn how to use key verbs in the present tense and will be introduced to the future tense.
Year Eight pupils also have five lessons a fortnight and cover various topics such as shopping, holidays whilst developing a deeper understanding of grammar points, including three different tenses.
Colourful, fun and great practice for Years 6, 7 and 8.
Please ask your French teacher for our school login so that you can access these handy activities at home. Fancy a challenge? Have a go at the Spanish, German or Italian sections of the website!
Each year, we organise a French Trip to the Pays de la Loire and Normandie for our Year 7s. We stay in a traditional g^ite near Alencon where our pupils have the opportunity to experience real French hospitality with our host Annick and French food prepared by our French chef. Our trip usually includes a visit to our partner school in Mamers, a town trail organised by the French teachers, a visit to the market with opportunities to practise our language skills, historical and cultural visits such as the largest European medieval castle in Fougeres and the Mont Saint Michel, and a very educational and playful visit of a goat cheese farm all in French.
More information on our next French trip will be released soon.