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MFL

Spanish is the main foreign language at The Duston School and starts from the Primary school where pupils have at least half an hour in Spanish once a week. Pupils then study Spanish until the end of Year 9 and can choose to continue this at GCSE level or begin German which is a two year GCSE ab initio course.

Over the course of pupils’ study of a Modern Foreign language they cover the following topics which are studied in more depth as pupils move from KS3 into KS4.

Topics

Theme

RELATIONSHIPS WITH FAMILY AND FRIENDS

1

MARRIAGE AND PARTNERSHIPS

1

SOCIAL MEDIA

1

MOBILE TECHNOLOGY

1

MUSIC

1

CINEMA AND TV

1

FOOD AND EATING OUT

1

SPORT

1

HOME TOWN NEIGHBOURHOOD AND REGION

2

TRAVEL AND TOURISM

2

GLOBAL ISSUES – the environment

2

- poverty and homelessness

2

SOCIAL ISSUES – charity work

2

- healthy and unhealthy living.

 2

MY STUDIES

3

LIFE AT SCHOOL AND COLLEGE

3

POST 16 STUDIES

3

JOBS CAREER CHOICES AND AMBITIONS

3

Departmental philosophy: MFL at the Duston School.

To have another language is to possess a second soul.
‒Charlemagne

With the world becoming ever smaller due to the massive influence of social media we do not want our children’s experience of the world to be limited to one voice. MFL at The Duston School aims to broaden your child’s horizons and spark an interest in other cultures and languages. With an established Spanish trip; alternate years to Barcelona/Madrid, a joint German/ History trip to Berlin and the promise of an exchange with the St Katharinen Gymnasium in Oppenheim we hope to develop and maintain an interest in the world around us.

Expect your child to be taught about other cultures and enjoy learning about foreign traditions and customs using a foreign language confidently and accurately.

 

What skills will I develop learning a language?
  • Awareness of different cultures
  • Communication skills
  • Presenting written information clearly
  • Speaking and writing in another language
  • Speaking in groups.
  • Understanding written information

What career paths will open up to me if I study a language? In no particular order of importance:

  • Hotel Receptionist
  • Hotel Manager
  •  Journalism
  • Logistics and Distribution Manager
  • Research Scientist – using German
  • Retail Buyer
  • Tour Manager
  • Solicitor
  • Tourist Information Centre Assistant

Other careers using Languages:

  • Administrator in the European Union
  • Bilingual Secretary
  • Civil Service – European Fast Stream
  • Diplomatic Service
  • Flight Attendant
  • Holiday Courier
  • Interpreter
  • Language Teacher
  • Marketing Executive in Multinational Company
  • Resort Representative
  • Sales Executive in Multinational Company
  • Teacher - English as a Foreign Language
  • Translator
  • University Lecturer