Exceptional Education at the Heart of the Community

Why learning a language is so important
MFL department

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


Brightstowe’s MFL teachers believe that the ability to speak a foreign language makes the world a smaller place. Speaking a foreign language provides our pupils with the opportunity to break down stereotypes, form new friendships and learn about cultures from all over the world.

Research suggests that learning a language enables pupils to develop their own level of English, develop their oral skills and increase their creativity.

When learning a foreign language at Brightstowe, our pupils should expect to be taught by passionate teachers and to learn in a fun and engaging environment in which no two lessons are ever the same!

At Brightstowe pupils are presented with the opportunity to learn French and Spanish in Year 7, before choosing their preferred language to study in Year 8. At the end of Year 8 pupils have the opportunity to decide whether they will continue with their chosen language through to Year 11.  

Learning a language is never easy; it requires pupils to leave their comfort zone, however in doing so they can be assured of personal and educational growth.  The emphasis placed on children’s speaking skills, in the target language, is a distinguishing feature of the Brightstowe languages team.

The use of target language is complimented by authentic contemporary music. These energetic and vibrant sounds are testament to the enthusiasm and engagement displayed by our pupils. If the proverbial ‘pin’ drops during these activities, it makes an almighty thud! 

As the 2018 academic draws to its conclusion, MFL at Brightstowe is a department that has made a great deal of progress – it has been great to see our pupils engaged and enjoying the challenge of learning a new language.  

We are passionate about developing learning beyond the classroom and events such as European Day of Languages in September and the inception of the St Omer, French trip in June, have resulted in a dramatic increase of pupils opting to study a language at GCSE for the forthcoming academic year.