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Modern Foreign Languages (MFL) and English as an Additional Language (EAL) International Department

Our vision:

To see the value in learning and speaking foreign languages; to develop an appreciation of cultures other than our own; to enjoy challenging ourselves to be the best linguist we can be; to engender a curiosity about the beauty of language. 

The following principles underpin this vision:

  • Develop social and communication skills to allow students to practice the speaking of the language.
  • To master the vocabulary and grammar required to accelerate speaking, writing, reading and listening skills.
  • To experience and learn about the culture of Spanish speaking countries.

Department staff and responsibilities

Mr G Calwell – Head of MFL, MFL teacher, Assistant Headteacher

Mr C Leonard – MFL teacher

Miss E O’Donovan – Teaching & Learning Coordinator MFL

Mrs A Turner – MFL teacher

Miss K Helm – MFL teacher

EAL team

Miss I Parr – EAL Teacher Assistant
Miss J Perez – Raboso – EAL Teacher Assistant

Linked Governor – Councillor Charles Rigby

Key stage 3 

At Bedford, we offer year 6 students the choice to study French or Spanish so that they have the opportunity to build on the knowledge and skills they have acquired at Primary School. It has not always been possible to offer both French and Spanish as the overwhelming majority in recent years have opted to study Spanish. The curriculum we offer puts the learning in contexts that are more relevant and interesting to our young learners. Students will be assessed regularly and rigorously.  There are five skills that are assessed in MFL; listening, reading, writing and translation and speaking.

Year 7 topics;

It is our priority in the first term of Yr. 7 to ensure that all students can pronounce the language accurately. We will use our Phonetics scheme of learning to support this. We believe that by giving the students the skills to pronounce the language with accuracy the students will be able to:

  1. Build their confidence quickly.
  2. Become more enthused by the fact that they are able to speak the language and therefore more willing to keep practising it.
  3. Better practise their speaking skills with each other using the vocabulary and grammar that they continually pick up and use.

Further topics studied: Introducing myself, describing my family, other nationalities, my school, my likes and dislikes and my area.

Year 8 topics;

Year 7 revision, home and area, meal-times, transport, holidays, cultural differences, the media, the present, past and future tense and free time.

Year 9 topics;

Year 8 revision, discussing future plans and career opportunities. Hispanic speaking countries, cultural differences and festivities. A 12-week project based on the Hispanic speaking world.

Key stage 4

At the end of year 9 students decide whether they wish to continue their MFL studies to GCSE.

Year 10 and year 11, GCSE themes 1 – 3:

Theme 1: Identity and Culture

Unit 1 Me, my family and friends

Unit 2 Technology and every-day life

Unit 3 Free-time activities

Unit 4 Customs and festivals

Theme 2: Local, national, international and global areas of interest

Unit 5 Home, town, neighbourhood and region

Unit 6 Social issues

Unit 7 Global issues

Unit 8 Travel and tourism

Theme 3: Current and future study and employment

Unit 9 My studies

Unit 10 Life at school and college

Unit 11 Education post-16 Unit 12 Jobs, career choices and ambitions