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Cedars Upper School

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Modern Foreign Languages

 The MFL department is staffed by three full-time and two part-time linguists. Everyone is a dual linguist; we all teach French and either Spanish or German. We are also lucky enough to have Foreign Language Assistants for each language. A level students have weekly sessions with the FLA either individually or in pairs, Yr 10 and 11 students work in small groups with them each week and Yr 9 classes as frequently as possible.

The department offers the following courses:

  • GCSE French, German, Spanish
  • A Level French, German, Spanish

For all of the above we currently use the Eduqas exam board. Where possible, we offer the opportunity for students to take a GCSE or A level in their home language.  Over the past three years students have achieved top grades in Arabic, Chinese, Greek, Italian, Japanese, Polish, Portuguese, Turkish and Urdu.

In Year 9, most students study French and either Spanish or German. As a subject which counts towards the English Baccalaureate, students are encouraged to continue with one language or both when making their GCSE choices. Every year, 50-60 students choose French and German and up to 80 students choose Spanish. At A level our numbers vary but are above the national average.

Our most recent team review (October 2017) observed that subject knowledge was very strong, students were engaged, made good progress and demonstrated tangible enjoyment of their language lessons.

Every year we offer the following foreign study trips:

  • a stay at a chateau in Normandy for Year 10/sixth-form French students
  • an exchange for Year 11 students with a school in Lyon
  • a visit to Berlin for all German students
  • a study visit to Seville for Year 11 Spanish students
  • an exchange to Madrid for sixth-form Spanish students

This year we also took a group of students to act as Language Ambassadors in the MFL Network for Luton Language Festival.

Each year we celebrate European Day of Languages on 26 September by organising a variety of school-wide activities. During the recent Enrichment Week students completed a series of linguistic puzzles in languages as diverse as Pig Latin, Estonian and Yodaspeak as a precursor to training for the International Linguistics Olympiad, which takes place in February each year.