MFL Department Aims

The MFL department at Painsley is a vibrant and flourishing department housed in brand new accommodation, consisting of four classrooms equipped with interactive whiteboards and a computer suite to which students in all year groups have regular access.

MFL Aims

– to motivate and inspire students and kindle an interest in learning languages

– to promote an awareness and acceptance of different cultures

– to provide students with the skills to communicate effectively in at least one foreign language

– to enable students to use the foreign language they are learning in order to be able to use it in real life contexts

– to broaden students’ horizons through educational visits abroad, contact with foreign language speakers and extra-curricular clubs

The Perfect Language Learner

Every language student wants to know the secret of making the most progress in the shortest time. What does the perfect learner do to excel in acquiring a foreign language?

1. Learn every day. Even when you are really tired, do some learning, even if it is only 5 or 10 minutes. Never miss a chance to increase your knowledge. Use it, or lose it! Practice makes perfect.

2. Be motivated. What is your goal? Always think about your objective. You are learning because you want to achieve something.

3. Record new vocabulary. To really learn a new word, you have to remind yourself of it six times over hours, days and weeks. Write down all your new vocabulary in a little book that you can always carry around with you. Or keep a record in your mobile.

4. Read, read and read! Read (in the foreign language) things that you like, not boring things. Notice new grammar patterns and important vocabulary. The more you read, the quicker you progress – it is as simple as that.

5. Be brave. Don’t worry about small mistakes, no-one minds! When you learn new vocabulary or grammar, use it as soon as possible.

6. Use technology. Listen to podcasts of native speakers. Do online tests checking your level and knowledge. Read the news and watch videos in the target language. Record yourself speaking with free audio software. Make your own flashcards with online flashcard generators. Play interactive games in the target language. Keep a permanent record of your new vocabulary in Google Drive.

 Languages Club

The MFL Department runs a Languages Club every Wednesday lunch time at 12.30pm. It is open to all students and year groups. Students have the opportunity to learn about many different languages and cultures and activities are led by students themselves. Dishes from around the world are also tasted during Languages club!

MFL Staff

Mrs S. Martin – Subject Leader

Mr K. Barry – Senior Vice Principal

Mrs E. Smithson – Second in Department

Miss G. Oates

Mr M. Hawkins

Miss A. Olteanu

MFL News

We are delighted to welcome two new members of staff to the MFL department this year: Mr Collins (French and Spanish) and Miss Fay (German and French).

Languages Club is running every Wednesday from 12.30pm – 1.00pm in ML4.  Everyone welcome.

European Day of Languages is on Friday 26th September – we will be celebrating this day with a range of activities.


MFL Menu

MFL Curriculum Overview

KS3 – Years 7, 8 and 9

KS4 – Years 10 and 11

KS5 – Years 12 and 13


Assessment Framework

How can I help support my child’s learning in MFL?

How to guides- links to tutorials

Useful Websites


MFL Trips   – Information


Independent Study and Revision

Students are encouraged to carry out independent study at home in advance of exams, to consolidate and practise their vocabulary or to practise the skills of reading and listening. In order to facilitate this, we provide a wealth of materials on the VLE for students to access. We also provide an extensive list of recommended French, German and Spanish websites for all levels and stages.

In order to be successful in speaking and writing exams, it is important to play around with and find the revision technique which works best for you. – Revision Tips