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LGGS MFL Department
Curriculum Statement of Intent

In MFL we care deeply about our pupils’ wellbeing and their understanding and acceptance of other cultures and the wider community. This ethos is nurtured both in the classroom through sensitive and supportive teaching and learning, and out of the classroom, most notably through our international links with exchange programmes and foreign visits when circumstances allow. We also celebrate language and culture of our EAL students by encouraging qualifications to be taken in home languages and through the school’s International Week. We use a variety of authentic materials to enhance the learning experience of our students and their appreciation of cultural differences

In MFL, pupils are encouraged to contribute in lessons through positive teaching and a strong emphasis on rewards. Older pupils support younger ones through our mentor scheme, and sixth form and former pupils also assist with key stage 3 classes in their free time as part of their school enrichment programme. Language Societies and clubs are on offer when possible. We also regularly welcome and support PGCE students in our department. Wider MFL learning opportunities are often promoted to encourage contribution beyond the curriculum, such as the Mother Tongue Other Tongue competition, university led competitions and the UK Linguistics Olympiad. All pupils are encouraged to contribute to International Week in as many ways as possible.

Students are challenged in their MFL learning, not only through informed teaching in the classroom but also through use of authentic materials and links with native speakers, for example with pen pals’ schemes in Spanish, use of the foreign exchange students in the classroom and the Fairy Tales project with Peru. The range of projects that pupils undertake across the three languages challenge performance, spontaneity and confidence in the language.

How it works:
French, German and Spanish are offered to GCSE and A-level. In Year 7, pupils study German, Spanish and French for two hours per fortnight. Students then opt to continue with two languages into year 8 and year 9. All pupils must take at least one modern foreign language at GCSE, but many opt for two. We follow the AQA course for both GCSE and A-level.  At A-level we are fortunate enough to have three speaking assistants who offer 30 minute speaking sessions to smaller groups of girls on a weekly basis.

If you require any further details, please contact:
Ms Whitehouse, Head of Languages

A-level Languages 2023-2024

GCSE Exam Specification Links


Languages are a popular choice in the sixth form, and are often studied alongside sciences as well as other arts based subjects.  Pupils often continue in their studies of French, German and Spanish but also enjoy taking up new languages at university such as Russian, Japanese, Italian, Portuguese and Polish, or as part of other courses such as Law, Medicine, Chemistry and Business.  We maintain good links with our alumnae and year 9 have enjoyed reading a blog by two of our former Hispanists whilst they were on their year abroad in Spain:

Useful Links

Below is a list of websites which are useful for practising all languages.  For language specific sites, go to the individual language pages.


An excellent online dictionary and language forum for French, German and Spanish.
Conjugates verbs into all tenses.
Make yourself some vocabulary puzzles with this site.
An excellent site for all levels and languages, although only free between 4pm and 9am


A very good website for practising vocabulary, with interactive activities, worksheets and wordlists. Ask your teacher for the username and password.
Interactive self-marking exercises.
A BBC website designed to help you improve your languages. You could even teach yourself a bit of Italian or Portuguese!
An interactive resource created by the government to make learning languages more fun. Use it to practise your languages and create an account to compete with other students across the country!
Wide range of games to practise the vocabulary covered in your textbook.
Good website of mainly vocabulary games divided by topic in Spanish, German and Polish! It also has a great websites list for more useful links.

KS4 GCSE Revision
Part of the GCSE Bitesize course, tailored to help you revise effectively for the reading and speaking examinations.
Topic based revision for GCSE including listening & reading exercises in French and German. Use this website to access past GCSE papers for your reading and listening examinations.

Access previous past papers.
Learning platform for A-level text book (for 2018 entry)

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