Modern Foreign Languages
2019 - 2020
"To learn a language is to have one more window from which to look at the world." – Chinese Proverb
At Egremont Primary School, modern foreign languages are introduced across the school as a Language of Month in Key Stage 1 and German is taught formally in Key Stage 2.
During the first 4 weeks of the term pupils are introduced to a range of languages (Portuguese, Spanish, Bangladeshi, Polish). Through these sessions we aim to foster a love of learning other languages by stimulating and encouraging children’s curiosity about languages.
Next weeks of the term we concentrate on German language. The MFL curriculum is based on a scheme of work developed by the subject leader. This is linked to the statutory guidelines for KS2 outlined in the National Curriculum Framework as well as Goethe Institute. The curriculum is delivered in weekly sessions across Years 3 to 6.
Additional opportunities to use the German language the children are learning, are explored in a variety of ways, assemblies, including linking with local secondary schools and European Day of Languages annually.
"To learn a language is to have one more window from which to look at the world". – Chinese Proverb
KEY REASONS WHY GERMAN IS AN EXCELLENT CHOICE FOR PRIMARY SCHOOLS
1. “Guten Morgen” is easy to pronounce and looks and sounds like “Good Morning”. This is but one example of how the phonetic sound-spelling system in German is immediately accessible to learners, and to learners of all abilities.
2. Both English and German have common words because both are Germanic languages with a similar linguistic heritage. This not only helps learners but feeds their curiosity and enjoyment in making such links.
3. Learning a foreign language develops awareness of the similarities and differences with English and how it works. Research shows this improves outcomes for literacy for all learners.
4. German seems to appeal particularly to boys and where they are fully engaged, this helps close the typical gap in communication skills with girls. Of course, both groups gain as they develop language learning strategies.
5. There are now many innovative, fun and interactive teaching materials for teachers and learners of German at primary level
6. By sowing interest early, there are huge potential economic and career benefits for UK pupils. Germany remains the UK’s largest trading partner: there is striking evidence of this: e.g. the engineering, the car industries and technology in our homes.
7. German lends itself well to those wishing to make cross-curricular links in the curriculum, especially in Geography, Science, Music and Sports.
8. Learning a language, particularly at a young age, enhances the broader educational values of raising cultural and social awareness, and of challenging stereotypes.