Modern Foreign Languages

Dordogne MFL

"I love my French lessons because we learn something new every time and my parents are impressed I can speak French."

Year 7 student

The MFL faculty at Acklam Grange aims to develop students’ language skills and confidence, giving them an understanding of other countries and culture and igniting their curiosity in the world beyond Middlesbrough.  

We teach French to all students in Y7-9 and intend to introduce Spanish as a second foreign language from January 2022, starting with Y7 red pathway classes. Provision can also be made for students wanting to sit exams in community languages, including but not limited to, Urdu, Arabic and Polish. 

We are committed to sharing our passion for language learning and all that this entails, developing independent leaners and global citizens through engaging and challenging lessons and experiences, embracing the school's PRIDE values in our curriculum: 

Perseverance – be fearless, embrace challenge, do not give up 

  • Don't be afraid of failure, develop strategies to understand unfamiliar language  

  • Challenge yourself - quizzing every lesson, independent learning through Seneca, Quizlet, Duolingo 

  • Use feedback to improve performance  

Respect – show tolerance to all through care, courtesy and consideration 

  • Cultural awareness, an appreciation of the wider world  

  • Enthusiasm for and appreciation of the relevance of language learning 

  • Appropriate language and good manners in French 

  • Respect yourself and others across the francophone world 

Initiative – be independent, pace your own future, what are you waiting for? 

  • Be an independent learner, using Seneca, Quizlet, Duolingo to improve your understanding of French 

  • Get involved with faculty initiatives and events like French club, trips, open evening, language leaders, competitions, European Day of Languages 

Direction – use your aspirations to inspire others and lead the way 

  • Language leaders  

  • Careers e.g. armed forces, engineering, sports as well as tourism and sales.  

Expression – use your imagination to communicate clearly 

  • Confident and competent communicators in French  

  • Fluency in spoken and written French, developing oracy skills 

  • Varying language to suit different situations