Our aims in the languages department are simple: we want pupils to be able to communicate with confidence, to have a positive attitude towards language learning and, more than anything else, to enjoy learning languages.

Our aims in the languages department are simple: we want pupils to be able to communicate with confidence, to have a positive attitude towards language learning and, more than anything else, to enjoy learning languages.

The Modern Foreign Languages department thrives on developing linguistic competence in all of our students, while offering a wide range of enrichment opportunities. Our aim is to instil a passion and enjoyment for languages and different cultures alike.

By introducing our pupils to a variety of languages (French, Spanish, and even Welsh) and their culture from the Pre-Prep, our students become more adept in an array of linguistics skills, and better prepared as future global citizens.

In the Modern Foreign Languages Department, the methods used to teach languages are regularly re-evaluated and improved to implement new teaching and learning concepts like blended learning as well as the growing demand to acquire knowledge through Technology.

Differentiation is at the heart of our lessons, and by using kinaesthetic tasks, like making 3D maps of Paris to learn directions in French with Year 6 to filming Fairy Tales in Spanish with Playmobils with our Year 7, children immerse themselves in the Target Language, focusing more naturally on communication. Children at Abberley Hall engage in purposeful and multi-sensory activities as if they were in their mother tongue so that it leads to spontaneity and mastery.

The cross-curricular topics we cover follow our Language Journey. Children celebrate Diversity, our Blue Planet, Travelling and Equality by experiencing the latter themes through Francophony, Gastronomy, European cities and artists, and international leaders.

At the end of Year 6, students have the opportunity to select either French or Spanish moving up to the next stage of their studies in KS3. They will then take the Common Entrance Exam at Level 1 or Level 2 in the language they have chosen.

The children who will be applying for Scholarships can attend an ‘evening clinic’ where language teachers are available to support them. We liaise directly and meet with Heads of Departments in Senior Schools, so we can offer the requisite syllabus and assist those pupils in getting a higher level of proficiency to meet the demand of Scholarship Examination and Interviews.

If you have any questions do not hesitate to contact us at mila.duncan@abberleyhall.co.uk.

A très bientôt, the M.F.L Team !