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Canon Slade School

Canon Slade School As a Church of England School, we seek to provide
an excellent education within a Christian environment
to fulfil individual potential and to prepare pupils
for life and service in a rapidly changing world. Ora et Labora
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Modern Foreign Languages (MFL)

Intent

Through the study of modern languages, we aim to broaden students’ understanding of the world in which they live, so that they can grow into global citizens; developing expertise in languages and allowing them to become confident communicators. Through the study of ancient languages, we want our students to understand how influences from the past have shaped our world.

Studying a new language also allows students to discover patterns and become more confident in their understanding of the grammar that underpins their own language in a way that is creative, imaginative and relevant to today’s world. Our language learners will explore core concepts that will also develop their transcription and translation, pronunciation and communication skills alongside listening skills, which will in turn strengthen their literacy. Also through the reading of literature in another language, students will experience cultures other than their own.

Most importantly, we aim to foster a love of languages and to create linguists who are independent thinkers and curious to learn more about the world around them.

We carefully plan progression through our curriculum and regularly revisit content and skills to build on prior knowledge. We encourage our students to express their ideas and thoughts in another language, increasing their confidence, fluency and spontaneity and finding different ways to communicate what they want to say. 

For more information on the languages our students can study, please select from the options below.

French

Curriculum Overview

languages french curriculum map.pdf

By Year 11 a student of French will have:

  • developed language skills for life by studying all four skills of listening, reading, speaking and writing in significant depth
  • developed sound grammatical knowledge which they can apply with increasing confidence and competence
  • developed good cultural knowledge of the French-speaking world
  • developed confidence through being offered opportunities to spend time in French speaking countries and with speakers of French
  • developed the skills necessary to communicate effectively in France and/or French speaking countries, and to understand native speakers who are sympathetic to students who are continuing to learn the language
  • developed awareness of where their language study could take them both at A-Level and beyond

By Year 13 a student of French will have: 

  • developed the skills outlined above with a greater degree of confidence and competence
  • a very good command of French grammar, which they can apply accurately and with increasing confidence
  • excellent knowledge of contemporary social and political issues across France and French speaking countries, and be able to give examples of these with explanations whilst demonstrating a depth of understanding which enables them to express opinions on complex global issues
  • completed an in-depth research project on an area of French culture or language which is of interest to them, and will be able to discuss this in depth.

 Spanish

Curriculum Overview

languages spanish curriculum map.pdf

By Year 11 a student of Spanish will have:

  • developed language skills for life by studying all four skills of listening, reading, speaking and writing in significant depth
  • developed sound grammatical knowledge which they can apply with increasing confidence and competence
  • developed good cultural knowledge of the Spanish-speaking world
  • developed confidence through being offered opportunities to spend time in Spanish speaking countries and with speakers of Spanish
  • developed the skills necessary to communicate effectively in Spain and/or Latin America, and to understand native speakers who are sympathetic to students who are continuing to learn the language
  • developed awareness of where their language study could take them both at A-Level and beyond

By Year 13 a student of Spanish will have:

  • developed the skills outlined above with a greater degree of confidence and competence
  • a very good command of Spanish grammar, which they can apply accurately and with increasing confidence
  • excellent knowledge of contemporary social and political issues across Spain and Latin America, and be able to give examples of these with explanations whilst demonstrating a depth of understanding which enables them to express opinions on complex global issues
  • completed an in-depth research project on an area of Hispanic culture or language which is of interest to them, and will be able to discuss this in depth.