Modern Foreign Languages
The Faculty of Modern Foreign Languages (MFL) aims to help students maximise their ability to communicate effectively with people from other countries and to understand their cultures, attitudes and customs, thereby developing the whole child.
The Faculty of MFL is forward-thinking and outward-looking, with Fairfax holding the International School Award and involvement in the Comenius project with five other European partner schools. The faculty offers many varied opportunities to all students to achieve its aims from study tours through pen-friend links to a wide range of enrichment activities and in-school activity weeks.
Why do we need to speak more languages?
Only 6% of the world’s population speaks English as a mother tongue. Over 75% of people in the world speak no English at all. The UK already exports more to France than the Commonwealth and more to Germany than the USA.
Nearly three-quarters of the British public think everyone should speak a foreign language, but only one third actually does.
“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”
“A man that does not know a foreign language is ignorant of his own”
French and German Lunchtime Clubs
Pen-friend links with schools in France and Germany
Annual study tours to the continent
COMENIUS – Wide range of activities with 5 partner schools across Europe
A good MFL student…
- Attends school regularly!
- Always has the right equipment (exercise book, study book and stationery).
- Tries hard to learn vocabulary thoroughly
- Takes every opportunity to practice speaking
- Looks for the differences and similarities between English and French/German
- Uses the study booklet or dictionary/other reference materials
- Has an appreciation of and interest in foreign cultures
- Will always ask for help when they don’t understand something