Information for Parents

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 MFL Departmental description

Why learn German and Spanish? 

Which language will your child learn?

Homework: How you can help your child in French and German

Is s/he using his/her e-textbook or dictionary for reference?

If available, you could encourage him / her to watch and listen to French / German satellite transmissions. Just listening to the language will acquaint him / her with the sounds and will help with listening comprehension.

Marking policy: 

As from September 2011 the following marking applies:

 * Credits or sanctions, when given, must be recorded as appropriate. Commendation card may be sent to parent/s for outstanding work.


Speaking homework:

Students are asked to learn words, phrases and form longer passages orally without reference to a written text. Encourage him / her to show you briefly what s/he can say. Ask him / her how something is said in the foreign language and if not known see if s/he can find the correct answer in a resource or dictionary.

"Learning" homework:

Students are asked to learn grammar and vocabulary by heart. You could test him / her using his /her book. Ask him / her to spell a word out or to explain a detail. If s/he cannot explain the detail, ask him / her to note it down and ask his / her teacher at the next lesson. Any person could help with this. Students should be encouraged to say the words and phrases which they are learning. A personal stereo or cassette recorder can be useful to record these words and phrases and listen to them. This may particularly help students with difficulties in writing.


Support materials:

If in doubt ask your son's / daughter's teacher. Click here for resources page.



The price of foreign language learning CD ROM packages is decreasing, however, the quality of many is limited.  Ask for advice if in doubt. The better packages come with a course book but check its suitability against the points mentioned above. Some of the more useful packages allow the student to use a microphone to record onto the computer copying models of pronunciation etc.

Library resources:

The library also has a  stock of revision guides and supplementary material, which your son / daughter can borrow. Your public library will also have suitable materials available. There are also a number of French and German magazines designed for English learners to which you son / daughter can subscribe. Ask the librarian for details.

Please note:

Electronic dictionaries or translators are not allowed in the examination and do not help students develop the dictionary skills which they will be required to use in the real examination. The use of online translators eg: Babel Fish or Google Translate is not approved and can be extremely counterproductive.

Hopefully the above may prove to be of some use. If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact me. E-mail

R J Taylor (Head of Department)