“If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart.”Nelson Mandela
At Bromley High School, learning a language plays a vital part in the curriculum and is compulsory up to GCSE. French, German and Spanish are taught across the board and our aim is to make learning a foreign language a stimulating and rewarding experience, guiding our pupils to communicate effectively, to gain confidence in the language and to work independently.
The department equips the pupils to develop their own understanding as well as the widening of their cultural awareness of other countries. The MFL department believes in the importance of bringing a language to life by spending time in the country in which it is spoken. Year 8 go to Le Touquet (France), Year 9 and 10 go on the German exchange to Brühl (Germany), on a French homestay to Chartres (France) and on a residential trip to Andalusia (Spain).
Years 7 – 9
The MFL curriculum develops the core skills of listening, reading, speaking and writing in two languages. In year 9 pupils have the option to continue with one or two languages at GCSE level.
When entering year 7, pupils all study French, with either German or Spanish for their second language. French is taught for 9 lessons of 50 minutes a fortnight up to October half term, then pupils take up a second language alongside French. They have 4 lessons of 50 minutes of French and 5 lessons of 50 minutes of German or Spanish a fortnight. In year 8 and 9 they study the same two foreign languages for an equal number of periods, 4 lessons of 50 minutes per fortnight. The pupils start preparing for their GCSE in year 9.
In this wide ranging course candidates will continue with the four skills studying a variety of topics such as my family and friends, free-time activities, technology in everyday life, customs and festivals, where you live, lifestyle, social and global Issues, travel and tourism, current and future study and employment, as well as a rich range of tenses, grammar and new grammatical structures. Each skill is worth 25% in the GCSE examination.
As well as the exchanges we offer to France, Germany and Spain, the department runs Modern Language film clubs for Years 7, 10 and 11.
Last year, the German department also organised a trip to Berlin, in conjunction with the History department.