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MFL is a high-performing department at Rutlish and we are delighted that the percentage of students achieving GCSE grades A* to C and 9 to 4 has remained consistently high over the last five years.
In 2018, the 9-4 (old A*-C) percentage for French was 81% and German was 92% with 42% (French) and 22% (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, and residential trips to the North of France and to the Rhine Valley. Various exciting German, French and Spanish trips are currently being planned for the year ahead for students from both Key Stage 3 and 4 including residential trips to Paris and Berlin for years 9 and 10, and Valencia for years 7 and 8. Foreign film workshops at the British Film Institute are also planned for this year. Since September 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 (Maternity Leave)
Head of Department
Ms T Minier
Acting Head of Department
Modern Foreigh Languages News
- Day 4 July 3, 2017Today we got a slight sleep in before heading off to the DDR museum. There the boys had a hands-on walk around, being able to learn a dance to a song from East Germany in the 80s, watch 80s TV and see how people lived in the former East Germany. Then it was off to the famous Alexanderplatz for some shopping and lunch before our second museum of the day, the […]Anonymous
- Day 3 July 3, 2017Day 3 started off with a morning at the ex stasi prison, where we watched a very informative documentary about the how the stasi worked and what the prison was used for. Then onto a guided tour of the cells. After the prison the boys got to enjoy an hour strolling in their groups around the famous Alexanderplatz - it's just a shame the shops are closed […]Anonymous
- Day 2 July 1, 2017Despite the miserable weather and it being a Saturday, the boys were in top form this morning as we headed off nice and early to the Olympic stadium in Berlin. We had some free time to explore the stadium and had a picnic as we waited for the heavy rain to pass. After this, it was off to the famous Ku'damm avenue for some shopping and free time to explo […]Anonymous
- Berlin 2017 June 30, 2017Day 1 kicked off with an early rise for all as the bus left promptly at 3.45. It was clear that after such a on early start, the boys really wanted to do the 4 hour walking tour of Berlin! So we refuelled on some much needed currywurst before the tour began and the boys enjoyed trying out their German in the restaurant.What an excellent tour guide! He showed […]Anonymous
- EU Mock Council November 18, 2016On Thursday 17th November, year 13 students, Ben Drewett and Chris Gora, represented Germany in a EU Mock Council debate and Church House in Westminster. Ben debated the terms under which the UK could remain part of the European Arrest Warrant post-Brexit, whilst Chris negotiated the terms of the UK remaining part of the Erasmus+ programme. Both students g […]Anonymous