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Learning another language provides liberation from insularity and leads to real cultural awareness. The Modern Foreign Languages Faculty at Sir John Leman High School aims to enable pupils to communicate successfully in the foreign language in practical situations, to learn about and understand aspects of the culture, customs and daily life of the relevant countries, and to encourage a positive attitude to foreign language learning and culture.

Studying a language has many benefits for the brain: language lessons promote vital communication skills and encourage mental agility, supporting and assisting pupils with other areas of the curriculum (literacy, numeracy, geography, ICT), providing them with a distinct advantage in an increasingly global community; knowledge of at least one foreign language is a significant asset in the job market.

The teachers in our MFL faculty are active and passionate about their specialism, committed to exploring creative ways of passing on our enthusiasm for languages to the students at Sir John Leman High School. We regularly share ideas about the range of learning strategies involved in understanding, learning and retaining a foreign language. We believe that all students should have the opportunity to learn a language and to have a sense of achievement while doing so.

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