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Discussion in 'Modern foreign languages' started by dannypig, May 8, 2011.
A few points: make sure you know why it is there - namely Mr Gove fearing that too few students were doing MFL and that MFL is one of the more academically challenging subjects for pupils. Gove is also aware that schools have been making their value added scores look better by encouraging studenst not to do harder subjects like MFL. (MFL grades are also harder to achieve because of the severe gradign effect - compared with maths, MFL grades are nearly half a grade lower.
I guess you need to know what the school's policy on this is. Not all schools will be increasing numbers of linguists because of the E-Bacc policy.
Try to be clear whether you think it is a good policy. Should all or most pupils do MFL? If more do it then there will be challenges in terms of discipline and motivation. Less able pupils should be in smaller sets, resources for them need to be carefully chosen. Maybe they should get the most experienced teachers? Timetabling needs to give them a chance to succeed. Good support networks need to be in place to make sure all children are working hard, doing homework etc.
Trips and exchanges can be very motivational.