Modern Foreign Languages are essential in society; not only for the international benefits they offer, but also because they equip students with vital communicative skills. The MFL department at Accrington Academy is a passionate and lively area of the school, with five teachers who share a love of languages. The department offers students the choice of Spanish or French study and these can be studied up to GCSE, with both languages also being offered in the Sixth Form.
The MFL department takes an active interest in bringing languages to life in as many ways as possible. At Christmas time, we have given students the opportunity to participate in educational visits, for example to Belgium, Paris and Normandy. We hope to plan a visit to Spain in the future as well. Enrichment clubs are on offer and this year range from Salsa classes to Italian lessons. We also take great pride in celebrating the European Day of Languages and at Open Evening; we run a languages café, which you are most welcome to visit.
In class, interactive resources are frequently used to enhance students’ listening ability at all levels. Spanish and French culture feature in lessons and music can often be heard on our corridor. Academy students have access to the on-line learning platforms to help them with their quest to expand their linguistic knowledge, including Studio and Viva ADLS, Kerboodle, Quizlet and Memrise.
Modern Foreign Languages Staff
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Mrs S. Broom
MA Education (Cumbria), PGCE MFL (St Martin’s), BA Accounting & Spanish (Lancaster)
I am a passionate believer that speaking another language opens many doors, and my own love of language learning stems from a childhood of visiting other countries, in particular Spain. I have lived and worked in Bilbao, in the north of Spain, and I still spend summers in the south of the country. I began my teaching career with teaching English as a foreign language abroad, and this led me to train as an MFL teacher. I am an enthusiastic user of technology in the classroom and I am rarely seen without my iPad!
Mrs J Leighton
I worked for 23 years in local government and I decided it was time for a change.
I've always loved languages and love to deal with children, so teaching seemed like the obvious answer for my career change. Having graduated from the Open University in December 2015 after what seemed like an eternity of part time study, I was accepted on the Schools Direct teacher training programme with United Learning.
I'm looking forward to developing as a teacher of Modern Foreign Languages at Accrington Academy,
obtaining my PGCE, and lobbying to bring German lessons back to the school
Miss J Crompton
“If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart. “