Modern Foreign Languages
Modern Foreign Languages – The Whiteoak Way
‘You live a new life for every language you speak. If you only know one language, you only live once.’
Czech proverb (in Mary Myatt 2018 p. 178)
At the Whiteoak Academies, we believe that foreign language learning not only develops knowledge of a new language, but also fosters confidence and a sense of achievement, as well as inspiring curiosity about the wider world.
We provide opportunities for children to explore the patterns and sounds of the French language and to compare it to their own language. Children test out and play with the language through games, songs and role plays, as well as appreciating authentic French literature and songs.
As a family of schools, we recognise the role of language learning in developing children’s cultural understanding. By learning about French-speaking people, and working with songs, poems, rhymes and stories from French-speaking countries and communities, they gain a window into the wider world and an insight into the similarities and differences between other cultures and their own.
Our aim is that children leave our family of schools as happy, engaged language learners with an excitement about foreign language learning.
- Understand and respond to spoken and written language from a variety of authentic sources
- Speak with increasing confidence, fluency and spontaneity, finding ways of communicating what they want to say, including through discussion and asking questions, and continually improving the accuracy of their pronunciation and intonation
- Can write at varying length, for different purposes and audiences, using the variety of grammatical structures that they have learnt
- Discover and develop an appreciation of a range of writing in the language studied.