Modern Foreign Languages
Mrs Parsons, our Modern Foreign Language lead, welcomes you...
Welcome to the Oxley Park Academy MFL Page. Here you will find information about Modern Foreign Languages at OPA including our subject pathway, detailing the content taught in each year group and the progression of MFL throughout a child’s time at OPA. French is taught as part of our Modern Foreign Languages curriculum. We follow the national curriculum programme of study and build upon the foundations of language learning including speaking, listening, reading and writing. These skills help children develop a basic understanding of the French language. As well as studying the language, we also study French culture and geography as part of the language curriculum. We at OPA are privileged to have children and staff who speak many different languages. As a school we celebrate our diverse languages, cultures and customs as part of the wider curriculum.
What is Modern Foreign languages?
Modern Foreign Languages is the study of a different language and the places that it is spoken.
French is an extremely useful language to learn with over 275 million speakers worldwide! It is the second most spoken language in the world after English and is spoken in every continent. French is also considered to be a ‘gateway language’ meaning that it shares many similarities to other languages including Spanish and Portuguese. These languages share a close MEFL, structure, grammar, lexicon, and phonic structure. French is also one of the languages taught by the 2 closest secondary schools, enabling Oxley Parkers to continue their MFL journey with more consistency.
In school we have 4 key concepts in French. As linguists we learn to:
- Read fluently - by recognising key vocabulary and phrases
- Write imaginatively - by using key vocabulary and phrases to write ideas
- Speak confidently - by using key vocabulary and phrases to verbally communicate ideas
- Understand the culture of he countries in which the language is spoken - by having knowledge of the countries and understanding customs.
Oxley Park Academy follows Language Angels, a program selected to empower both teachers and learners with pronunciation and clear progression in French. Children will be exposed to speaking, reading and writing in French in preparation for Key Stage 3. As younger children are exposed to the sounds of their home language or second language, they begin to process those sounds and are “hard-wired” for that particular language through this early exposure. It is our intention in MFL that children leave us in Year 6 with a range of French vocabulary that they can use confidently when speaking and writing and have a curiosity for learning more about languages and understanding the culture of the places where other languages are spoken.
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