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Modern Foreign Languages

The modern foreign language that children currently learn at St Austin’s is French. This is taught throughout Key Stage 2. The programme is delivered by our French teacher Mr Ratcliffe  who works in school for one morning each week. The emphasis of the lessons is initially on speaking and listening, though it does involve children writing in French as their skills progress.

Children learn to recognise basic words and sounds from Year 3 and gradually learn to put sentences together, enabling them to confidently recognise and use a broad range of vocabulary and hold brief conversations by the time they are in Year 6.

At St. Austin’s we firmly believe that learning a foreign language can broaden horizons and provide an opening to other cultures. We want to foster children’s’ curiosity and deepen their understanding of the world.  Through language learning, we encourage children to explore and respect different beliefs and cultures and enjoy learning about the world around us. Most importantly of all, at St Austin’s we feel learning a language should be inspirational and enjoyable.

 10 reasons why learning a foreign language is important.

Learning a language:

  1. improves your grasp of English.
  2. enhances your confidence.
  3.  gives you a wider understanding of world affairs.
  4.  widens your career / job options.
  5. improves international relations.
  6. makes travelling easier and more enjoyable.
  7. connects the world and promotes peace.        
  8. helps you make friends in new countries.
  9.  shows you are open minded and tolerant.
  10. boosts brain power. 




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