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Modern Foreign Languages

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Studying a foreign language at Rookwood adds an international dimension to our pupil’s education, empowering them to develop knowledge and understanding of countries, cultures and communities.

Connections to the wider world

Our Modern Foreign Languages (MFL) Department connects pupils to to the wider world. Becoming a successful learner of other languages shows an appreciation of other cultures, a desire to communicate and connect with others and the willingness to learn new skills that can broaden life opportunities. We value this highly at Rookwood School since we strive to connect our pupils with the wider world, far beyond Hampshire – physically and aspirationally.

Bradenburg gate in Germany.

French, German and Spanish

At Rookwood School languages are highly valued. We place a strong emphasis on the study of Modern Foreign Languages (MFL) with all pupils studying both French, German and Spanish in Years 7, 8 and 9 and then specialising in two of these languages in Years 8 and 9. The large majority of pupils continue to GCSE level in at least one language. Studying languages develops transferable skills, language awareness and pronunciation as well as language acquisition, but also with an emphasis on fun! Due to our concise class sizes all pupils gain confidence through a variety of motivational teaching methods and media.

Languages for GCSE

The GCSE French, German and Spanish, studied with the AQA examination board, develops the skills of listening, reading, speaking and writing over three distinct themes that garner the pupils’ opinions from their own experiences and from those of other people, including people in countries and communities where these languages are spoken. This means that a truly international perspective is developed alongside the skills of language development. Additionally, the Modern Foreign Languages department offers many opportunities for pupils to practise their language skills in locations such as Normandy, The Rhineland, Paris and Berlin, as part of a residential cultural exchange.