Modern Foreign Language learning at Shuttleworth College is all about thinking big and chasing dreams!

It is more than a curriculum subject; it is way of discovering the world in all of its diversity.  Learning a foreign language is a liberation from insularity and provides an opening to other cultures. It fosters students’ curiosity and deepens their understanding of the world. It also provides opportunities for students to communicate for practical purposes, learn new ways of thinking, and read great literature in its original language.

Students at Shuttleworth College are encouraged to think like a linguist. Once they appreciate the skills they need to improve to learn, they appreciate that these are transferable and would allow them to learn any other language in the future. These skills could help them get a dream job for BMW, Versace, IKEA, Samsung or similar; where they may be expected to study German, Italian, Swedish, Korean… As a language learner, they will already understand the need to practise speaking, listening, reading and writing so they can communicate effectively.

We support literacy by…

going back to basics, creating strategies for accurate spelling, memorising, and retention of new vocabulary. We also encourage making links between word families, developing key reading skills, improving research and reference skills, and work on marking for accuracy and quality of language.

We support numeracy by…

using deduction and logical patterns.


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How will my child be ‘set’ in this subject?

In Year 7, student groups will originally be set as in English. However, we will quickly undertake language specific assessments and set accordingly. This will continue throughout Key Stage 3 and 4, with assessments focusing on all four skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing. This allows students to be acknowledged in all four areas.

How many periods a week will children spend learning this subject?

  • Year 7 Spanish – 1.5 hours per week
  • Year 8 Spanish – 1.5 hours per week
  • Year 9 French  – 1.5 hours per week
  • Year 10 Spanish (GCSE) – 3 hours per week
  • Year 11 French (GCSE) – 3 hours per week

What are the career opportunities with this subject?

The career opportunities of language qualifications include; translator, interpreter, teacher, journalist, diplomatic service, international development/aid worker, import/export, logistic manager, marketing executive, sales executive, and in the travel and tourism sector. Additionally, jobs with an international dimension are available in the majority of sectors from energy, media, and management to engineering, health, and leisure.

What ‘out-of-classroom’ or extra-curricular learning experiences will my child get?

Shuttleworth often runs school trips abroad where students can utilise their language skills, such as our recent trip to Barcelona.


Mr. A. Williams


MFL 5 Year Curriculum Map

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MFL Syllabus

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“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

“Spanish is my favourite subject because the class environment is interesting and encouraging. I want to continue with Spanish at A-Level and University because it will help me fulfill my ambition to become a translator.”

Year 10 Student