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Inclusion in modern foreign languages

Teachers may find the following additional information helpful when implementing the statutory inclusion statement: Providing effective learning opportunities for all pupils. Teachers need to consider the full requirements of the inclusion statement when planning for individuals or groups of pupils.

To overcome any potential barriers to learning in MFL, some pupils may require:

  • support in learning to understand, read and write a modern foreign language, including the use of ICT, particularly when they are unable to express themselves orally

  • alternative communication systems, such as signing or symbols, to develop language skills and understanding

  • help in learning to distinguish between the sounds of a particular language to compensate for difficulties in hearing

  • support to compensate for difficulties in seeing visual cues or gestures when developing conversational language.

In assessment:

  • pupils who are unable to communicate orally may be unable to complete the requirements of the attainment target relating to speaking. Pupils with hearing impairment may be unable to complete the requirements of the attainment target relating to listening and responding. When judgements against level descriptions are required, assessment of progress should discount these aspects.

This content relates to the 1999 programmes of study and attainment targets.

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