At Kidsgrove Primary School we recognise that the UK is becoming an increasingly multicultural society and we have a duty to provide our children with an understanding of other cultures and languages. We are committed to providing all children with learning opportunities to engage in Modern Foreign Languages. This policy sets out a framework within which teaching and non-teaching staff can work, and gives guidance on planning, teaching and assessment. Learning a language enriches the curriculum, providing excitement, enjoyment and challenge for children and teachers, helping to create enthusiastic learners and to develop positive attitudes to language learning throughout life. The natural links between languages and other areas of the curriculum can enhance the overall teaching and learning experience. The skills, knowledge and understanding gained make a major contribution to the development of children's oracy and literacy and to their understanding of their own culture/s and those of others. Language also lies at the heart of ideas about individual identity and community and learning another language can do a great deal to shape children's ideas in this critical area as well as giving them a new perspective on their own language. We believe that a Modern Foreign Language prepares pupils to participate in a rapidly changing world in which work and other activities are often carried out in languages other than English. The rise of international commerce means that pupils need to be equipped with the skills needed by the international workplace. The choice of which language to teach is secondary to the lifelong language learning skills that the pupils will be encouraged to develop. Skills that they will be able access in the future will help them to learn new languages or to improve their competence in an existing language. Increased capability in the use of MFL promotes initiative, confidence and independent learning and encourages diversity within society.
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