The MFL department consists of 2 teachers: Mrs Affane & Ms Lounis
All teachers have a Modern Foreign Languages degree.
The principal language taught at Aston Manor Academy is French, although some students do take a GCSE in their mother tongue.
“You live a new life for every new language you speak. If you only know one language, you only live once,” Czech proverb.
We encourage our students to see that learning another language is a natural phenomenon, as so many students already speak at least 2 languages at Aston Manor Academy. We want our students to become much more aware of how they do this, and to direct and develop their expertise at language learning. Communicating with others, even at a very simple level can open a door to many new opportunities. We want our students to gain in confidence as they learn and not be afraid of taking risks.
“The limits of my language are the limits of my universe,” Ludwig Wittgenstein, Austrian philosopher.
French is widely spoken throughout the business world and is spoken on all 5 continents. With France as Britain’s closest neighbour, French is an obvious choice to learn. French and English have much in common historically and students will see just how much as they learn, over time.
Teachers encourage students to have a go at speaking in French right from the very start of year 7. The more often students participate, the more they will improve and gain in satisfaction and confidence.
“If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, it goes to his heart,” Nelson Mandela.
How to improve
- Read the teacher’s comments about your work and take action where necessary.
- Refer to the level or grade descriptors in your exercise book.
- Review work frequently.
- Keep up to date with learning vocabulary.
- Ask the teacher if you do not fully understand what has been taught in the lesson.
- GCSE – use the text book to help practise exam style questions and consolidate the lessons.
- GCSE – use the assessment criteria and examination reports you are given to make sure you carry out the controlled assessments properly.
How you can help your son/daughter to improve
- The MFL department subscribes to the on-line learning resource “Tantot extra”, GCSE POD The username and password is available from your child’s French teacher
- The on-line resource Tantot extra is very useful for practising grammar, with many games to encourage competency.
- Checking your child’s homework and helping them with learning vocabulary will be a great encouragement to them.