Gifted & Talented Provision in MFL

In the MFL faculty, we believe that all pupils are entitled to an education that will enable them to develop their full potential, be that intellectual, physical, aesthetic, creative, emotional, spiritual or social.  We also believe that pupils should also be able to live and develop as well-adjusted, autonomous and valued members of society.  All pupils have particular and individual needs, which must be met if these goals are to be achieved.  Therefore it is important that as far as possible, the education of every pupil should be individually planned.

The department is committed to providing a sufficiently challenging curriculum for all its pupils, regardless of ability. However, we are also committed to providing opportunities to identify, and in turn nurture, those who are gifted.

The Languages department has designated G & T representatives. The current representatives are Miss Graham and Mr Cunningham.

MFL faculty definition of Gifted and Talented

According to the definition offered by the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority, pupils who are gifted in MFL are likely to:

  • Have a strong desire to put language together themselves.
  • Show creativity and imagination when using language.
  • Have a natural feel for languages.
  • Pick up new language and structures quickly.
  • Make connections and classify words and structures to help them learn more effectively.
  • Seek solutions and ask further questions.
  • Have an insight into their own learning style and preference.
  • Show an intense interest in the cultural features of the language being studied.

MFL faculty identification of Gifted and Talented students

  • Teacher assessment
  • Tracking
  • KS3 Tier exams
  • KS4 Controlled Assessment grades
  • Pupil AFL assessments

Strategies to help realise the potential of Gifted and Talented students

In addition to enriched and extended schemes of work, the following strategies are used to help realise the potential of gifted languages students:

  • The regular monitoring and reporting of individual student performance as part of normal departmental procedures.
  • Accelerated learning at KS3 is possible with future top tier groups.
  • Encouraging the use of alternative means of research, such as databases, online records and the internet; likewise, encouraging the use of ICT as a means of presenting those ideas, such as PowerPoint, inspirations, moviemaker, etc.
  • Opportunities for students to take up courses or residential stays by regional providers.
  • Recognition, celebration and rewarding of achievement of all pupils within the department via a recognised reward system.
  • Continuing professional development of staff which addresses the implications of gifted and talented pupils in teaching and learning.

Challenge for students

To really learn a language takes time and commitment. Consistency is by far the most important factor. Remember that language is first and foremost oral communication. Try to develop a "good ear" for the language. An easy and fun way to do this is by listening to music in the target language, watching  films in the target language, or listening to the news in the target language. The more time you spend immersed in the language the more successful you will be at learning th language.

Challenge:

Bring in a song in the target language, an article in the target language, a blog post you read in the target language, a tweet in the target language,  or even simply a new word to your languages lesson each week. Share it with your teacher and the class in order that together the whole class might find some new vocabulary to improve their written and spoken language.

 

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