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Exceptional Education at the Heart of the Community

Exceptional Education at the Heart of the Community

Modern Foreign Languages

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What do our students say?

"I like languages at South Bank because they further your understanding of the world and unlock many new cultures as a result. Learning another language not only allows you to identify cognates with English, but also helps you to take more risks in your writing, therefore benefiting other subjects which require you to make inferences from language" - Shafi, Year 11 

"I like languages at South Bank because it gives me the chance to connect with other cultures more, there’s such a relaxed environment when learning a modern foreign language that brings us all closer together. In my language lessons, I enjoy the activities where we get to speak in Spanish to each other the most" - Someyah, Year 11 

"I like languages at South Bank because It helps me feel more confident when going abroad to Spain, or other Spanish-speaking. I am able to rely less on gestures and actually use language I have learnt from South Bank in real life situations that require speaking in another language" - Elijah, Year 11 

What do our parents say?

“If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his  heart.” - Nelson Mandela  

Modern Foreign Languages at OASB

The Oasis MFL Curriculum is a knowledge-rich, interleaved curriculum that intends to inspire a love of languages and promote a curiosity about the world. We want our students to become confident communicators and frequent opportunities for spoken and written production form a key part of every lesson with a clear focus on students retaining and mastering key vocabulary and grammatical structures. 

Over time, students produce language with increasing fluency, complexity and spontaneity. This is achieved by delivering an ambitious curriculum that develops students’ fundamental curriculum knowledge and presents vocabulary, grammar and ideas beyond the curriculum through the use of authentic materials alongside a residential trip in Year 9. The trip abroad is particularly crucial in broadening their horizons as for many students in our context this will be the first time they will have left their local community.

In line with the OCL vision for all students to have a curiosity and understanding of other cultures our curriculum builds cultural capital. This is done through exposure to film, music and festivals in the target language from a range of countries from the Francophone/Hispanic speaking world, gaining an understanding of their local, national and global communities through MFL. In film modules pupils apply knowledge in a real-life context and engage with complex issues with sensitivity, such as Year 9 pupils discuss child soldiers in the film ‘Voces Inocentes’.

From the very start of year 7, students learn key language that they will need to be able to communicate in the classroom and with each other effectively. These structures are constantly revisited with increasing complexity across KS3, giving students a strong foundation of knowledge ahead of KS4. For example, students learn to apply a range of infinitives in Year 7 Autumn 1, through expressing opinions and the use of “il faut” / “hay que”. The use of infinitives is then built on in Autumn 2, and this knowledge is built on across the rest of KS3. Pupils revisit infinitive structures in Y10 when they apply it to discuss social and global issues. In each unit, pupils recycle high frequency structures with increasing complexity and within a new context, allowing for key knowledge to be embedded in pupils’ long-term memory and building competence and confidence.

In our classrooms and in student work knowledge is presented sequentially and interleaved across topics to ensure that students are constantly building on prior knowledge in line with the science of learning.  Our curriculum contains significant proportions of spoken tasks in every lesson. These are carefully planned and designed around real-world scenarios so that students become confident communicators, able to initiate conversation and thrive in other countries. The scope of the core structures appropriately stretches and challenges, whilst the repetition and focus on overlearning supports pupils. This results in high frequency vocabulary and grammar becoming automatic, regardless of starting point.

In line with the school vision for all pupils to be happily employed in a career with prospects, we know that speaking another language will open doors as a highly regarded subject by universities and lead to a variety of careers. More importantly, we want to transform our students’ lives by inspiring them to apply what they learn in our classrooms for the rest of their lives, cultivating a curiosity that makes them want to pursue it further.

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For further information on the Modern Foreign Languages curriculum at OASB please email sadaf.najib@oasissouthbank.org