Why do we learn modern foreign languages?
Our French curriculum aims to give children skills in three areas: oracy, literacy and intercultural understanding. Children are taught to view themselves as able to communicate and read in French and to have a sense of culture and lifestyle through discovering more about France and its people. This will lead to them being less insular and more outward-looking, broadening their horizons and fostering an ambitious spirit. Importantly, by viewing non-native teachers speaking the language and ‘walking the walk’, children are taught to see themselves as language learners in a similar way.
When faced with learning a new language, pupils may lack belief in their own abilities, which may hinder their ability to progress and meet new challenges. We promote pupils’ self-efficacy by providing:
- Positive language learning experiences in which children self-identify as successful.
- Basic knowledge in phonics to provide a solid base for future success.
- Experiences in speaking, listening, reading, writing as building blocks for success.
- Adult role models who are also learning the language to act as inspiration for children.
- High expectations of language learning: you are a French speaker and will become an even better French speaker in the future. This applies to adults and pupils alike.