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Curriculum

The aim of the MFL department is to create confident and competent life-long language learners. We encourage students to apply their linguistic knowledge to understand and communicate confidently and effectively in a variety of situations. We work as a team to deliver stimulating, challenging and enjoyable lessons that are accessible to all students and which enable them to realise their full potential. We also aim to raise awareness of the richness and diversity of other cultures so that pupils encounter different ways of seeing the world, and develop an international outlook.

All boys in Key Stage 3 are entitled to study a Modern Foreign Language, and we encourage boys to continue with either French or Spanish at GCSE level. We aim to develop the practical skills involved in language learning: communication, team-working, inter-personal, problem-solving, and organisation.

At Isleworth & Syon School, we strongly believe that learning a language can be good fun. Furthermore, the ability to communicate in a foreign language is invaluable when applying for universities and jobs. Speaking a foreign language is a vital skill, as 75% of the world’s population does not speak English and 60% of Britain’s trade is with non-English speaking countries. British businesses lose millions every year because they cannot speak their customers’ languages, and universities value MFL qualifications very highly.

Each year, we offer trips to Spain in order to enable our students to put the language skills they have learned into practice. We also have a range of extra-curricular activities for students to get involved in.

View the staff team

Acting Curriculum Leader

Ms J Clerc

Curriculum Leader

Mrs L Lane

Assistant Curriculum Leader

Mr D Chryssides

Teaching Staff

Mrs M Izcue Ciaurriz Ms N Waddington
We organise a number of activities for our students. These include:

  • Cine-club – once a week at lunchtime.
  • Year 9 and Year 10 will be offered a residential trip to Spain. These visits represent a great opportunity to develop cultural awareness of Spain, develop confidence and fluency in the language, and increase student motivation.