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MFL is an exciting subject that opens up the rest of the world to you. MFL at Falmouth school aims to foster pupils’ curiosity and deepen their understanding of the world, providing them with an opening to other cultures.
Learning another language breaks down barriers, not only physically in terms of enabling communication with a wider population but also through the inevitable acquisition of a range of highly desirable soft skills:
Communicating and listening: language students are better communicators, when learning another language, understanding others and making yourself understood is always front of mind.
Possessing different values and points of view: people exposed to multiple languages are better at understanding other people’s perspectives.
Empathy toward others: students of languages are more likely to be empathetic.
Critical thinking: language students are better able to pick up on nuances and subtleties leading to more informed decision making.
Making connections across complex ideas: Bilinguals possess many cognitive skills that heighten awareness of complexities in a given situation.
At Falmouth School we currently offer two languages (French & Spanish) to all students in Year 7 and 8 which gives our pupils a wider breadth of education and more freedom to choose to continue with the language they prefer or even continue with both at GCSE. At KS3 the teaching enables pupils to express basic ideas and thoughts in both French and Spanish and to understand and respond to native speakers of both languages, in speech and in writing.
For Key Stage 4, we currently offer Edexcel GCSE in both French and Spanish which contribute towards the Ebacc. The GCSE course provides students with the opportunity to communicate for practical purposes, learn new ways of thinking and read great literature in the original language.
Language teaching at KS4 provides the foundation for learning further languages, equipping pupils to study and work in other countries.
Head of French:
Miss J Foreman
Head of Spanish:
Mrs H Clark