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MFL at Rugby High School

The aim of the RHS MFL curriculum is for students to develop a life-long love of languages. Our curriculum is designed to ignite in students an interest and enthusiasm that will lead them to be confident communicators who understand the importance and practical value of speaking a foreign language.

In lessons our students are exposed to the target language and are encouraged to use it themselves as much as possible. We focus on developing an understanding of the culture in the countries where the language is spoken, as well as the skills to be proficient language learners. We want to develop our students’ confidence to take risks and express themselves creatively and spontaneously, as well as their independence and resilience when faced with challenges.

Our shared goal is for students to experience and feel the sense of achievement and joy that comes from being able to communicate in another language - whether one that they are learning now or in the future – and that language learning equips us with a practical skill that truly enriches your life.

Students learn French or Spanish from the start of year 7 and are able to continue either or both to GCSE and on to A Level.  Students are able to practise their language skills not only in the classroom with each other and their teachers but also with students in France through letter writing, Skype and video-conferencing.  Students in KS4 and 5 are also able to enjoy residential, homestay visits to Andalucia, Spain and Paris and Versailles, France.   Students are provided with a range of authentic materials to develop their learning and opportunities to use ICT to enhance their experience of languages here at RHS.

Students in year 7 benefit from a weekly French club run by sixth form students and students of Spanish and French are supported and mentored regularly by older girls who are keen to share their love of languages too.  We are proud of our students’ enthusiasm for language learning and their success.

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