Learning a modern foreign language enables students to gain a strong understanding and appreciation of different cultures, countries and communities. It gives students the skills and confidence to become active participants in a global society including many STEM industries around the world. Students are immersed in the target language learning to communicate fluently.
The teaching will enable pupils to express their ideas and thoughts in another language and to understand and respond to its speakers, both in speech and in writing. It will also provide opportunities for them to communicate for practical purposes, learn new ways of thinking and read great literature in the original language. Language teaching will provide the foundation for learning further languages, equipping pupils to study and work in other countries. They have opportunities to develop their skills with a wide range of European visits that will deepen their understanding of world languages but also many STEM industries.
The national curriculum for languages aims to ensure that all pupils:
• understand and respond to spoken and written language from a variety of authentic sources
• speak with increasing confidence, fluency and spontaneity, finding ways of communicating what they want to say, including through discussion and asking questions, and continually improving the accuracy of their pronunciation and intonation
• can write at varying length, for different purposes and audiences, using the variety of grammatical structures that they have learnt
• discover and develop an appreciation of a range of writing in the language studied.
By the end of key stage 3, pupils are expected to know, apply and understand the matters, skills and processes specified in the programme of study.