Modern Foreign Languages (MFL) and English as an Additional Language (EAL) International Department
In an increasingly global environment, English is no longer enough. If our young people are to make the most of the opportunities available to them on an international scale then grounding in other languages is essential. In MFL and EAL we aim to gain a greater understanding of other cultures and languages in order to become a positive part of a wider global community. At Bedford High School students learn either French or Spanish.
Department staff and responsibilities
Mr G Calwell – Head of MFL, MFL teacher, Assistant Headteacher
Mr C Leonard – MFL teacher
Mrs M Cotton – MFL teacher
Miss E O’Donovan, MFL teacher
Mrs A Turner, MFL teacher
Miss J Perez-Raboso – EAL Teacher Assistant
Miss I Parr – EAL Teacher Assistant
Linked Governor Councillor Charles Rigby
Key stage 3
At the beginning of year 6 pupils opt for either French or Spanish. Students get the opportunity to learn languages in a fun and engaging way. 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;
Let me introduce myself, school, pets, routines, likes and dislikes and free time.
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.
Key stage 4
At the end of year 8 students decide whether they wish to continue their MFL studies to GCSE.
Year 9 topics;
Year 8 revision, healthy lifestyle, sports, future plans, careers and the environment.
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
Click here to download our Key Stage 4 Curriculum information