Modern Foreign Languages
Director of Learning - Mrs G Ferrandon-Latch Email
Lead for Teaching and Learning – Mr S Farrell
Bienvenue! Wilkommen! Bienvenido!
The department of Modern Foreign Languages is a lively and enthusiastic subject area which offers students of all abilities a wide range of opportunities. They can experience both the intellectual and personal enrichment that comes with learning new languages, and encountering the diverse cultures that they represent. Our department features well qualified and experienced staff, teaching French, German and Spanish up to A level.
The school has a strong tradition with foreign languages, regularly exchanging with partner schools in France, Germany and Spain. We are extremely proud of these exchanges which are amongst the longest partnerships in the country with the French exchange running for over 40 years and the German exchange for 38 years. Our students in Years 9-13 have the fantastic opportunity to spend a week with a family and in return their families welcome their partners to show them a slice of English life.
We also organise Key Stage 3 Language trips abroad and Sixth Form study trips to Berlin, Paris and Madrid. In addition, Poynton High School is an Erasmus+ school with links to eight other schools in the EU. We have also achieved the International School Award.
|Director of Learning||Mrs G Ferrandon-Latch|
(French - German - Spanish)
|Mr S Farrell (Lead for Teaching and Learning) (F-S)|
|Mrs J Barker (F-G-S)|
|Mrs C Graves (F-G)|
|Mrs E McGuire (F-G)|
|Miss J Takhi (F-G)|
|Mrs N Cornwall (F-S)|
|Mrs L Turner (F-S)|
Key Stage 3
In Year 7, students are learning one language (French or German in 2017-18) and they are taught in mixed ability groups for 6 lessons per fortnight of each language.
In Years 8 and 9, students continue with their language and they have 5 lessons per timetable cycle. Students are generally in mixed ability groups in all 3 languages.
Students follow the Studio, Stimmt and Viva courses at Key Stage 3. We also use a variety of new technologies and interactive resources such as ActiveLearn or Memrise in our dedicated Language ICT suite to consolidate and enrich the students’ experience of the language.
Key Stage 4
Students are strongly encouraged to opt for French, German or Spanish at GCSE and may study one or two languages.
Currently, in Year 10 and 11, students are following the AQA syllabus. They undertake a number of internal assessment tests throughout the course in all 4 skills and, at the end of Year 11, will sit their formal examinations (which will be tiered Foundation or Higher).
Students study from the Studio, Stimmt and Viva courses at Key Stage 4. We also use a selection of resources to enable students to achieve the best grades.
Key Stage 5
Students have the opportunity to study French, German or Spanish to A level, following the AQA syllabus. We use a range of up-to-date and authentic resources as well as following the AQA textbooks published by Hodder Education and Oxford. They are also studying a film and a piece of literature in their chosen language over the 2 years of the course.
A level in MFL helps students develop confident, effective communication skills and a thorough understanding of the culture of countries where the target language is spoken. The course develops an interest in, and enthusiasm for, language learning and encourages students to consider the language in a broader context.
There is a long-standing record of excellent success at AS and A level which enables students to further their studies at university. We have highly qualified and experienced teachers in each language. Two teachers divide the syllabus up into their specialist areas.