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MFL is a high-performing department at Rutlish and we are delighted that the percentage of students achieving GCSE grades 9 to 4 has remained consistently high over the last seven years. In 2019, the 9-4 (old A*-C) percentage for French was 96% and German was 90% with 37% (French) and 30% (German) achieving grade 9-7 (old A*-A).
As a vibrant and exciting department we are keen to build further upon these achievements based on our strong team ethos and a clear commitment to raising attainment through teaching and learning. The department consists of an international team of qualified linguists and the languages currently taught are French, German and Spanish. With modern foreign languages now forming part of the EBACC qualification, GCSEs in these subjects are increasingly popular choices. Foreign languages are also offered in RR6 as part of the Key Stage 5 curriculum.
The MFL department strongly believes that teaching and learning should enjoy the highest priority. We use a wide range of resources and interactive teaching styles to make foreign languages accessible to all our students. The department is constantly increasing the use of technology, up-to-date software and video clips, and ICT to enhance learning opportunities.
Catering for wide variety of student needs, we ensure we stretch more able students with extension work and equally support lower ability students by means of differentiated activities. We are fortunate to use brand new differentiated textbooks, interactive software packages and interactive whiteboards to motivate and support students in achieving their best potential.
We endeavour to provide an authentic language learning experience so that your son not only acquires linguistic knowledge and grammatical skills, but also develops cultural awareness which is paramount to the language learning process. MFL lessons are rich in stimulating games and activities that not only prove popular with students but also help to reinforce language structures and encourage independent learning. We are a department with high expectations that equips students with the skills they need to embark on and enjoy the exciting journey of leaning a new language by providing a positive experience of foreign language learning.
Part of this experience includes cultural visits which are given a high priority in our department. Previous MFL trips have included residential trips to Berlin and Paris for KS4 and to the North of France, the Rhine Valley in Germany and Seville in Spain for KS3. We also often take students to foreign film workshops at the British Film Institute and since 2014 the department has been taking part in a Host a Teacher programme, whereby a German teacher joins the department for two weeks giving students an insight into German culture and school life in Germany.
We are looking forward to welcoming you to our department.
À bientôt! Bis bald! ¡Hasta pronto!
Ms F Holloway
Head of Department