At the Hayfield School we’re passionate about the benefits that learning a language can bring. We strongly believe in languages as a skill for life and something students should enjoy and find rewarding. Studying a foreign language can expand your cultural knowledge whilst at the same time obviously developing your language skills, many of which are transferable into and indeed complement other subject areas. Employers greatly value employees with language skills and this can often lead to higher salaries.
The MFL GCSE syllabus is divided into three themes.
Identity and Culture
Topic 1: Me, my family and friends
Topic 2: Technology in everyday life
Topic 3: Free-time activities
Topic 4: Customs and festivals in French-speaking countries/communities
Local, national, international and global areas of interest
Topic 1: Home, town, neighbourhood and region
Topic 2: Social issues
Topic 3: Global issues
Topic 4: Travel and tourism
Current and future study and employment
Topic 1: My studies
Topic 2: Life at school/college
Topic 3: Education post-16
Topic 4: Jobs, career choices and ambitions
Listening Exam (25%)
Reading Exam (25%)
Speaking Exam (25%)
Writing Exam (25%)
By taking a GCSE in a foreign language you will primarily develop the skill of communication with others whether through the written or spoken language. Being able to communicate with someone in his or her own language is an incredible gift.
Learning a second language has also been shown to improve memory, problem solving and critical thinking skills, all of which can be transferable into other areas of study or employment. It can also make learning other languages easier in the future.
An open, enquiring mind and plenty of perseverance!
By studying a foreign language you will also develop a greater understanding of the culture of other countries, promoting greater tolerance, empathy and acceptance of other ways of life.
A language can literally take you anywhere. You may wish to continue your studies to A level at a Sixth Form or Further Education college or you may wish to try a different language, making use of the skills you acquired at GCSE level. Linguists are always much sought after in the world of work, so no matter what career you eventually choose, having a second language will always be an asset.
Your teacher will be happy to share knowledge of linked professions with you.