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Modern Foreign Languages

Modern Foreign Languages

In the current world, knowledge of a modern foreign language (MFL) is a valuable skill to possess, not only for developing confidence and learning about another culture, but also to provide the potential to increase a pupil’s employability.

At Farringtons, all pupils have the opportunity to experience at least one popular European language. Spanish, our compulsory MFL, is taught from Year 7. Students have the option to study a further language - either French or German - from Year 8. Teachers encourage pupils to use their language skills widely and to learn about the customs of the country through literature, music and foreign cinematography.

Pupils also benefit from overseas trips each year, which further develop a real interest for their chosen language and culture. Talented linguists, who really find a passion for languages, enjoy the option to study more than one language at A Level.

Why do we need to learn a language?

Numerous studies show that to practise a foreign language is beneficial for the health but especially for the brain. So what are the advantages?

  • a better cognitive flexibility
  • a sharp mind whilst ageing
  • less chance to suffer from Alzheimer disease
  • more flexibility in front of a new task
  • thinking in another language makes you take better decision

Speaking another language provides a window to different culture and customs. Skill in another language helps you to communicate with other human beings. It also improves your grasp of English, enhances your confidence and gives you a wider understanding of world affairs. It also enables you to travel and make new friends.

Linguists are in demand with employers and recruitment agencies.

This is why at Farringtons School we recognise and embrace the importance of learning different languages such as French, German or Spanish.