French and German
Mrs D Taylor – Head of Faculty
Mrs H Woodage – Teacher
Ethos – The MFL department at Tenbury aims to develop an appreciation of other cultures and build self-confidence by broadening horizons and intercommunicative skills. These skills are increasingly important in today’s global society and will provide students with a significant advantage when applying for courses or jobs in an increasingly competitive market.
We also place great emphasis on cross-curricular links such as literacy. We examine the foreign language and identify similarities and differences with our own language thus enabling students to improve their literacy. Above all, language learning requires students to listen, to speak, to read and to write. We believe in little and often, therefore GCSE language lessons last 50 minutes three times a week to maximise impact. All students are included in language learning and pupils with specific needs are catered for, whether it be technical or individual support in order to make the curriculum accessible.
To enhance learning the school runs an annual exchange with a school in Falaise in Normandy, France and with the Oberstdorf Gymnasium in Southern Bavaria, Germany. Each year, we take a number of our students to stay with their exchange partners. Tenbury students receive a French or German guest to stay for a week. Our Exchange offers an important cultural and linguistic opportunity for our students and their families and more often than not lead to life-long friendships.
We also run a cultural visit to the German Christmas Markets (alongside another local school) and a study visit to la Côte d’Opale in France to develop linguistic and cultural understanding. In Y7 we currently lead a cross-curricular Harry Potter project, which culminates in a wonderful trip to the Harry Potter Studio Tour.