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Languages Taught

The MFL (Modern Foreign Languages) Department at BSKL is passionate about enabling students to become competent communicators and to have the confidence and ability to communicate as global citizens.

Languages Taught

Our exciting communicative and interactive approach to language learning equips students with the desirable skills and language qualifications that are increasingly becoming essential to university and career opportunities. We focus on the skills of empathy and creativity as well as developing cultural insight, understanding, and the ability to communicate effectively with a high degree of fluency and accuracy. The department offers courses in Mandarin, Spanish, French and Bahasa.

MFL Curriculum Overview

Key Stage 1 and 2 (Years 1-6)

In Primary School, Mandarin or Spanish are taught to pupils at an appropriate level. Students not only enjoy learning the language, but also learning about their heritage and customs of culture. Throughout the year, a range of special events are dedicated to celebrating the cultural diversity of the school and Malaysia. 


Key Stage 3 (Years 7-9)
At KS3, all students study two languages.  They can choose from French (two hours a week), Spanish (two hours a week) and Mandarin (three hours a week). Malaysian students also study Bahasa (one hour a week).

We follow the French course book ‘Studio’, the Spanish course book ‘Mira’ and we use our own in-house resources for Mandarin and Bahasa. We make use of the schemes of work, assessment resources, additional exercises and all other resources made available with these courses. They will cover six modules over the course of the year in each language.

It is not expected that teachers follow the textbooks as a matter of course – the schemes of work outline key teaching points each term and teachers adapt their own materials to these accordingly. The scheme of work overviews allow for medium-long term planning and ensure consistency and continuity across the department.

Where possible, we try to group students according to ability in French and Spanish lessons. In Mandarin and Bahasa, students are tested in their first lesson in Year 7 and are grouped (roughly) according to ability and class size. Nevertheless every student is stretched with work and resources differentiated accordingly depending on prior attainment.

Key Stage 4 (Years 10-11)
Students stay in mixed ability groups, which are defined by their option blocks. They will all be studying to take the IGCSE exams in their chosen language. They can choose between French, Spanish, Mandarin and Bahasa.

We start the Cambridge GCSE exam courses and make use of the schemes of work assessment resources, past papers and textbooks provided by Cambridge. As with KS3 it is not expected that teachers follow the textbooks as a matter of course.

For both KS3 and KS4, Mandarin will soon be offered at three different levels; Chinese as a Modern Foreign Language, Chinese as a Second Language or Chinese as a First Language.

Key Stage 5 (Sixth Form)
We currently offer French at KS5 and follow the AQA A Level course.  We pride ourselves on having small groups that mean we can focus fully on supporting our students. We can offer both Spanish and Mandarin at A Level.

Teaching and Learning Styles

We aim to blend the traditional with the modern, using a variety of methods such as direct, audio-lingual, communicative and autonomous. Teaching will be conducted, as far as is appropriate, in the target language and all four attainment targets are practised in each lesson.

A variety of resources is used in order to deliver the curriculum so as to fulfil each student’s individual needs as far as possible. These resources include audiovisual (DVDs, YouTube videos, computers, laptops, IWBs), audio-lingual (CDs, language assistants, songs, videos), printed materials (various textbooks, authentic materials, worksheets) and orals stimulants (games, puzzles, crosswords, tongue twisters).

It is widely recognised that each teacher brings to the lesson his/her own personality and style. We aim to recognise and meet the individual learning requirements of all students, so that each student achieves his or her full potential.

Ethos and Aims

We develop our students ability to;

1. Communicate freely and confidently in a foreign language
2. Listen and understand a language as spoken by a native speaker, both in detailed and gist comprehension
3. Understand written messages in a foreign language
4. Write simple but clear messages in the foreign language using a variety of tenses where applicable
5. Gain an understanding of another culture
6. Develop favourable attitudes towards learning:

  • We recognise that rewards gained through success develop confidence and breed further success
  • Through role-play exercises students may say more than they are linguistically able to, and so strive to reach higher standards
  • Students are motivated by lively up-to-date material

7. Foster attitudes and develop skills, which can have vocational relevance:

  • Learning something completely new
  • Learning to communicate, to understand others, developing the ability to get on with them
  • Assimilating new information and dealing with it quickly and efficiently
  • Decoding and understanding written and spoken instructions
  • Self-discipline; learning to work under stress and deal systematically with difficulties
  • Perseverance; coping with a cumulative subject over several years, displaying reliability and seeing long term goals

Enrichment Activities

We offer a number of activities within our enrichment programme to help enhance language learning, such as attending a French cooking class, putting on a show for a Chinese New Year assembly or eating at a Spanish tapas restaurant. These activities may take place during the school day, as an after school club or as a weekend trip.

In addition to the four main languages (Mandarin, French, Spanish and Bahasa), students have the opportunity to learn another language, such as Japanese or German. At BSKL we are very lucky to have a diverse teaching workforce where such languages are available.

Our students also take part in various competitions, both in-house and international, such as the Language Perfect competition – a popular online learning language site for schools across the world.

These enrichment activities aim to approach the varying interests of our students and to enhance the learning taking place in the classroom. They are interactive and impart knowledge, but more importantly they are fun!