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MFL, personal development and Every Child Matters

Personal development is a vital part of the key stage 3 curriculum and MFL has a distinctive contribution to make in this area. The MFL programme of study provides opportunities to plan sequences of work, learning outcomes and teaching approaches that support personal development through the five Every Child Matters outcomes.

Enjoy and achieve

Language learning is an enriching experience that adds to pupils’ enjoyment of the world. It extends their horizons and provides them with the tools to communicate with people from different parts of the world and to learn about different cultures and countries.

Pupils can derive great pleasure from being able to express themselves in another language and to understand that language in both its spoken and written forms. It provides them with a sense of success and achievement, thus increasing their self-esteem.

Be healthy

Learning a new language involves pupils in thinking in a new way and adopting different roles to practise learning the language. Finding out about other countries can transport pupils to new worlds and open up new perspectives and possibilities. This can help to ensure their mental health and sense of wellbeing.

Stay safe

Acquiring a new language helps pupils learn how to communicate with strangers and how to cope in situations where communication may be difficult. Through role-play and working with authentic materials pupils gain confidence and a sense of control when dealing with unfamiliar or unexpected situations. Knowing another language and having respect for different customs and traditions can help prevent them getting into difficult or dangerous situations abroad.

Achieve economic wellbeing

The ability to communicate in a language other than English is valued by many employers. Learning languages helps pupils develop their communication skills and express themselves clearly and effectively. They are used to working in teams and are able to connect with others, see different points of view and overcome misunderstandings more easily.

Foreign language skills improve employability, particularly in international business, and improve the overall economic competitiveness of the nation in a global economy.

Make a positive contribution

MFL requires pupils to participate actively in the classroom and beyond. When communicating with speakers of a different language, pupils can make a positive contribution to understanding between different nationalities and may assume the role of ambassadors for their own country and culture.

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