Modern Foreign Languages
As the world gets smaller and channels of communication increase, the need to be able to communicate in another language has never been greater. Linguists are very much in demand in today’s world. People with language skills are sought to work in different departments of government as well as in the private sector.
At the Harris Garrard Academy, we believe that it is increasingly important to be able to give pupils the basic skills needed to communicate with people who do not speak English. Students will also learn to appreciate different countries, cultures, communities and people. By making comparisons, they gain insight into their own culture and society.
The apprenticeship of learning a language provides an open road to the world and a vehicle for overcoming disadvantage. We see languages education as an entitlement for all and key in promoting social justice. This belief is strengthened in the face of recent national trends that show a positive correlation between socio-economic disadvantage, and reduced access and time allocated to language learning.
Through languages we promote students’ curiosity and deepen their understanding of different countries’ people, culture, history, literature and arts. We challenge students to consider their own identity and place in the world and to appreciate and empathise with different ways of seeing the world.
We aim to equip students with the confidence, lexicon and grammatical foundations that allow them to express their ideas and opinions, to seek information and to respond to speakers of the language across the skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing. By developing students’ linguistic, communicative and intercultural skills, we strive to foster rounded individuals ready for lifelong language learning and entry into a global, more cooperative and more peaceful world.
You can download Knowledge Organisers for each year group from our Knowledge Organisers page.
For queries about the Modern Foreign Languages curriculum please contact Jena Fontenelle firstname.lastname@example.org.
Further details of the curriculum can be found below.
The demand for language skills is increasing in the ever-widening global market and the mobility of the workforce means that we are constantly in competition for jobs where even a basic knowledge of another language is growing in importance and is considered a distinct advantage.
Not only does research suggest that language graduates are generally more employable than their counterparts but there are plenty of career opportunities for those who want to use languages in their profession. These include:
- International companies
Find out more about the careers programme at Harris Garrard Academy.