Modern Foreign Languages
Head of Department: Ms E Bauduin
“Un linguaggio diverso è una diversa visione della vita” (“A different language is a different vision of life) Federico Fellini
“Avoir une autre langue est de posséder une deuxième âme” (“To have another a language is to possess a second soul”) Charlemagne
"El que habla dos lenguas vale por dos." ("The person who speaks two languages is worth two") Spanish saying
“If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his own language, that goes to his heart.” Nelson Mandela
The MFL Department gives all Collingwood students a lively introduction to language learning, the chance to develop their skills of Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing, and an insight into other cultures.
Beginning in Year 7, students start French in the first half term. They are put into sets after this first half term and study both French and Spanish. In Year 7 students have three lessons of French and two lessons of Spanish per cycle. In Year 8 students have two lessons of French and three lessons of Spanish per cycle.
Our French course centres around the topics of Harry Potter and Geography. The Spanish course is delivered through our own SOW which is supplemented by exercises from the Mirá textbook. We cover a range of topic areas such as personal information, personality, family and where I live.
In Year 8 students continue with both languages. In French, students study the language through the topics of Parkour, Paris and Music. In Spanish they cover the topics of 'La Comida' (food), 'Mi Instituto' (school) and 'Mis Vacaciones' (holidays). The department uses its own Schemes of Work, supplemented by textbooks and a wide range of authentic resources such as videos and extracts from books and magazines.
In Year 9, students have the option to study French, Italian or Spanish in preparation for a language GCSE. We have regular contact with our partner schools in France and Spain and trips offered to students include the French Exchange and the Spanish Exchange, as well as a trip to Italy with the Geography Department.
Facilities and Resources
The Department has a suite of rooms in the Kingston building. Each room contains an interactive whiteboard with listening facilities. There is also the opportunity to use the computer room near the MFL Department.