Modern Foreign Languages and English as an Additional Language

Global Communications


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

Global communications:

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

MFL team

Mr G Calwell – MFL teacher (SLT)

Mr C Leonard – MFL teacher

Mrs M Cotton – MFL teacher

EAL team

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.


Local community

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.

Click here to download our Key Stage 4 Curriculum information