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Curwen Primary School

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Modern Foreign Languages

At Curwen, the teaching of Modern Foreign Languages (MFL) offers opportunities for children to become increasingly familiar with the sounds and written form of Spanish whilst also developing language skills. During this process they also have a chance to discover a new exciting culture as well as developing enterprise and diversity skills ensuring they are able to broaden their thinking and aspirations.

Learning a Modern Foreign Language will allow children to foster positive attitudes towards other cultures and use their knowledge with growing confidence and competence to understand what they hear and read, and to express themselves in speech and in writing.   At the same time increase their cultural awareness by learning about different countries and people.

Language facts

  • There are 6,912 languages in the world.
  • 94% of the world’s population does not speak English as their first language.
  • 75% do not speak English at all.
  • Studying a foreign language develops your oral and written skills – even in your native language!!
  • The number of careers requiring a qualification in a modern foreign language is increasing.
  • More than 1,000 different languages are spoken on the Continent of Africa.
  • Starting salaries for students graduating with ability in one or more modern foreign languages are at least 20% higher than for students who speak English only.
  • Over 300 different languages are spoken in London.
  • Young people who speak at least two languages do better at school than those who speak only one.
  • Learning and using a second language helps to protect the brain from the effects of ageing.
  • Learning a language will make you competitive in the job market. Learning 2 even more so. Many European young people now learn 2 foreign languages as well as their own.

Spanish Clubs

During the school year, Curwen offers 2 Spanish clubs to those children who are enthusiastic and eager to broaden their language skills. The clubs provide the children with the opportunity to develop their Spanish beyond the classroom.