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The Bishop of Winchester Academy

The Bishop
of Winchester
Academy

Modern Foreign Language

"The governance of the Academy is outstanding." (Ofsted July 2013)

Students at The Bishop of Winchester Academy are fortunate to be part of a truly multi-lingual community (at the last count 26 nationalities are represented at the school). When it comes to learning a foreign language, this is a real bonus, as students hear their classmates speaking other languages each and every day.

They know that English is not the only language, and that other languages are real – more than just something that happens in the MFL classroom, or perhaps on their summer holidays. It also means that our students are much more willing to ‘have a go’ – to try things out in a foreign language.

Students at The Bishop of Winchester Academy are fortunate to be part of a truly multi-lingual community (at the last count 26 nationalities are represented at the school). When it comes to learning a foreign language, this is a real bonus, as students hear their classmates speaking other languages each and every day.

They know that English is not the only language, and that other languages are real – more than just something that happens in the MFL classroom, or perhaps on their summer holidays. It also means that our students are much more willing to ‘have a go’ – to try things out in a foreign language.

Key Stage 3

From September 2015 we introduced Spanish as the modern foreign language of study.  This is in response to its continued rise as a global language and parental and student request.

The majority of students have weekly Spanish lessons throughout Year 7 and 8.

At Key Stage 3, we aim to make our lessons as interactive and enjoyable as possible, whilst ensuring students reach their full potential.

Key Stage 4

Consists of two options at present – GCSE French or Spanish.  Students at either still need to keep learning and memorising words and phrases learnt in class. This is particularly important in preparation for GCSE Controlled Assessments, where students have the opportunity to prepare written or spoken tasks, which are then reproduced under exam conditions.

At other times, students should use the MFL Classroom resource (linked from this page) to practise Listening, Reading or Writing skills at home. Students may also use BBC Bitesize Interactive Revision Guides, or any of the other ICT-based resources the school offers for Home Learning.  Students may wish to download ‘Speakonia’ software at home. This allows students to type in text, which the computer will ‘say out loud’ for them.

International Links

Some interesting MFL Links can be found below:

http://studyspanish.com/

http://www.spanishrevision.co.uk/

http://www.espanol-extra.co.uk/

https://sites.google.com/a/mobile.tbowa.org/ici-on-parle-francais/

http://asp.tbowa.org/MFL%20Classroom/

http://www.wildfrench.co.uk/

http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/french/

General MFL websites:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/

http://www.bbc.co.uk/languages/

http://www.memrise.com/

https://www.duolingo.com/

http://www.mindsnacks.com/

http://quizlet.com/

http://www.linguascope.com/

http://www.languagesonline.org.uk/

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