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Is mfl on hold at your school?

Discussion in 'Modern foreign languages' started by banger n mash, Jul 18, 2020.

  1. banger n mash

    banger n mash New commenter

    Just returning from mat leave (very fortunate timing) to be told I'll be leading French at our primary. Only thing, it appears that given the current situation mfl is being put on the back burner - anyone else finding this?!
  2. Lara mfl 05

    Lara mfl 05 Star commenter

    As a Primary mfl specialist in my day, I do so hope not.

    Even if 'mfl' lesson time is not allocated, there is still a lot of opportunity to practise vocab, lining up, registration (weather / how we're feeling etc). PSHE or Circle Time (how we're feeling / hobbies we've done recently / sports etc) and instructions for games / PE.
  3. banger n mash

    banger n mash New commenter

    That's a really good point actually. I'll make a little guidance sheet with ideas for ks2 - thank you!

    I know what you mean, it's so easily underrated yet as an adult, additional languages are seen as a real skill.

    ACOYEAR8 Star commenter

    Non, Nein , claro que no. There's no less speaking in any other classroom and certainly, my understanding is that language classes will be going ahead as per usual in my school (Secondary)
    agathamorse likes this.
  5. banger n mash

    banger n mash New commenter

    Oh I'm sure things are different at secondary, it's just at primary languages are often one of the subjects that gets sidelined
    Lara mfl 05 likes this.
  6. ChocolateChunk

    ChocolateChunk New commenter

    Same here - secondary too.
    My only fear is that the Speaking Exam will not be a formal exam. We will see.
  7. mflmflmfl

    mflmflmfl New commenter

    Nice practical ideas suggested to keep some target language going if the formal lessons get squeezed in primary. In reply to ChocolateChunk on the secondary context and speaking exams possibly being watered down somehow, let's hope that isn't the case. Speaking can be by far the most stimulating and practical bit - the element with a real sense of tangible progress. It is a key factor in encouraging students to pursue a language that bit longer (e.g. try it at A-level). For that reason, I would hate to see it downgraded in any way. Remove or change speaking assessment on the grounds that it's been hard to keep continuity in that skill this term and you'd be faced with huge pressure not to "waste" students' time on a "stressful" and "unnecessary" skill - ironically this would risk depriving them of exactly the kind of confidence-building challenge they need in these difficult times.
  8. Geekie

    Geekie Occasional commenter

    After the guidance was published, missing Languages out of the list of subjects for KS2, a lot of us asked the DfE if this was intentional or an oversight. On Weds 8th July Baroness Coussins, chair of the APPG for Languages, asked the question in the House of Lords, and was told that the list provided for KS2 was just a sample, and that of course schools need to continue to provide a broad and balanced curriculum which is to include Languages.
    agathamorse and Lara mfl 05 like this.
  9. Jonntyboy

    Jonntyboy Lead commenter

    Although secondary qualified, I have done bits in primaries with languages, - and how easy and what fun it has been, too! I wouldn't worry - MFL isn't going anywhere yet, IMO.

    My only regret as regards primary is that they seem to focus on French, largely because it was always thus and in decades gone by - before the advent of easy flights all over the place - it was the one that everyone learned. And at least some primary teachers had an O level in it so that is what primary kids got.

    Of all the European languages, it is (unless you live fairly close to a cross-channel ferry terminal) the least useful. It is the hardest to pronounce for English speakers and the least logical in terms of grammar. More Brits go on holiday to Spain than to France and french influence in the world is declining and will continue to decline over the years, as the hispanohablante South American countries gain power and wealth, along with India of course, and the Philippines/Malaysia. And that's not to mention Russia and all the arabic nations!

    So if I ruled the world, I would probably start with Spanish, as it's very easy and uselful - and then do a taster of one of the others - maybe Urdu - it's easy to pronounce - or Malay. Big fun!

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