Modern Foreign Languages

In our school we teach Spanish to all children in Years 1 to 5 and French in Year 6. Our results show that the earlier a child is exposed to a foreign language, the faster the language in question is acquired. We also believe that it is a good idea to introduce a new language to children when they are at primary school, as they tend to be less self-conscious about speaking aloud at this stage of their development. The early acquisition of a foreign language facilitates the learning of other foreign languages later in life.

We use a variety of techniques to encourage the children to engage actively in the modern foreign language, such as games, role-play and songs. We emphasise the listening and speaking skills over the reading and writing skills and we make the lessons as entertaining and enjoyable as possible, as we realise that this approach serves to develop a positive attitude in the children to the learning of modern foreign languages.

The main objective of teaching a modern foreign language in primary school is to promote the early development of a child's linguistic competence. We also want to:

  • foster an interest in learning other languages;
  • introduce young children to another language in a way that is enjoyable;
  • make young children aware that language has structure, and that the structure differs from one language to another;
  • help children develop their awareness of cultural differences in other countries;
  • develop their speaking and listening skills;
  • lay the foundations for future study.