The OP only has to scroll through the pages on this forum to see a HUGE number of discussion threads added to by scores of MFL teachers all dedicated to sharing resources and ideas how to engage sec.school students in MFL and help them achieve their best GCSE results at the same time. I LOVE this community of MFL teachers and the resources they share, the inspiration they all give me (and through me my dept and my students), so I am sorry, sir, you don't have an accurate picture of how MFL are taught or received by many youngsters. You will be harder pushed to find a more dedicated core of people. Why do you think we are ON this forum?! To share good practice, offer support and guidance to anyone who needs it, to keep ourselves inspired and to inspire others, to give children in secondary schools the best experience of MFL that they can.