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 – MFL teacher (SLT)
Mr C Leonard – MFL teacher
Mrs M Cotton – MFL teacher
Mrs Helen Hillman – EAL Teacher Assistant
Miss I Parr – EAL Teacher Assistant
Key stage 3
At the beginning of year 7 students opt which language they want to study. 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 every half term. There are four skills that are assessed in MFL; listening, reading, writing and speaking.
Year 7 topics;
Let me introduce myself, school, sports, routines and weather, my home and my area and food.
Year 8 topics;
Year 7 revision, holidays in the present, past and future tense, fashion, free time and days out.
Key stage 4
At the end of year 8 and year 9 students decide whether they wish to continue their MFL studies to GCSE.
Year 9 topics;
Year 8 revision, healthy lifestyle, future plans, environment, festivals and food, music, films and technology.
Year 10 and year 11, GCSE topics;
Personal and social life
Self, family, friends, home life, shopping, meals, healthy living, illness and accident, free time, fashion, relationships, future plans.
Home town, school, education, local environment, pollution, recycling, local facilities, comparisons with other towns and regions, weather and seasons.
The world of work
Work experience, part-time jobs, future careers, technology (sending messages, accessing information).
The wider world
Travel and holidays, media, social issues (e,g, life of young people today,
homelessness, crime, drugs, tobacco, healthy living, religion, politics), life in the countries and
communities where the language is spoken.