In Year 3 and Year 4, we will be focusing mostly on communication (speaking and listening), and we will be injecting more and more grammar in our lessons from Year 5 onwards. The aim is for students to have strong basic knowledge and skills when they arrive in Year 7 so they can tackle new challenges with confidence.
As language learners, we see the multitude of benefits that it brings to individuals, whether on a personal or professional level. I am convinced you as parents, see it too as most of you are already bilingual or trilingual. Here are a few things we would like you to encourage your children to do at home so they can progress in MFL :
- Practise vocabulary learnt in class using MFL websites (linguascope, quizlet)
- Listen to the radio in the chosen foreign language
- Watch movies in the foreign language with English subtitles (or not if you are looking for more of a challenge!)
- Find native speakers to practise the language with.
“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, Former President Of South Africa
Ms Fiorella Balbuena, Spanish Teacher - MFL