Modern Foreign Languages

Studying a foreign language acts as a gateway to the global community.

Welcome to Modern Foreign Languages

Studying a foreign language acts as a gateway to the global community. It should stimulate a curiosity in students to learn more about the wider world, where they may constitute a small part but have the potential to make a significant impact. This learning should deepen their understanding of how people from different cultures live and foster a desire to communicate with them in their own language.

At St Ignatius, our languages curriculum aims to equip students with practical proficiency in French or Spanish. The course lays a strong grammatical foundation, enhancing understanding of English grammar in the process. Cultural context is provided through resources like festival-focused lessons, literary extracts, and films, offering insights into Francophone and Hispanic traditions. Given Cayman’s geographical position, we emphasise the local relevance of multilingualism.

Our curriculum also incorporates linguistic and cultural aspects from Latin America, Europe, and former French colonies. We adopt a building-block approach to language learning, aimed at creating a versatile language toolkit for students. Whether they continue language studies post-GCSE or A-Level, our goal is to cultivate open-minded individuals who value linguistic diversity and cultural respect. The MFL department is staffed by three dedicated teachers.

Key Stage 3 & 4

At Key Stage 3, our students familiarise themselves with the basics of French and Spanish. They practise conversational skills and role-plays to enhance speaking and listening, while literacy is developed through reading and writing exercises. Additionally, the curriculum includes a cultural component, introducing students to traditions and festivals in the countries where the target languages are spoken.

French Curriculum at KS3:

  • Year 7: Introduction, Family & Friends, Home, Town Visits, Daily Life
  • Year 8: Festivals, Paris, Holidays, Cultural Resources
  • Year 9: Food & Drink, Health, Future Plans, Youth Rights, Cultural Project


Spanish Curriculum at KS3:

  • Year 7: People, Free Time, Outings, Holidays
  • Year 8: Food, Fashion, School, Media, Cultural Resources
  • Year 9: Health, Careers, Galicia, Hispanic World, Home & Community


Key Stage 4 French:

At this stage, students prepare for the Cambridge IGCSE French (0520) examination. The course enriches students’ linguistic capabilities while expanding their global perspectives. Our curriculum aims to mould students into articulate communicators and analytical thinkers, thus boosting employability and satisfying university entrance requirements.

French Modules:

  • Who Am I?
  • Leisure Time
  • Ordinary and Festive Days
  • City to Countryside
  • Broad Horizons
  • At School
  • Good Work
  • Worldview


Key Stage 4 Spanish:

Here, students gear up for the Cambridge IGCSE Spanish (0530) examination. Learning Spanish not only sharpens cognitive and communication skills but also broadens international outlooks. Students are readied for diverse career paths that require linguistic dexterity and cross-cultural understanding.

Spanish Modules:

  • Unplug
  • School Life
  • My People
  • Interests & Influences
  • Cities
  • Customs
  • Employment

Sixth Form French

At Key Stage 5 (KS5), students undertaking WJEC A-Level French (A800QS) experience a comprehensive education that not only refines language skills but also cultivates critical thinking, cultural understanding, and personal growth. The course prepares students for global career paths and further educational opportunities abroad, while fostering intercultural competence and open-mindedness.
 
French AS Level:
 
Film: ‘Intouchables’
Topics Include:
  • Youth and Society: Family structures, youth trends, and personal identity.
  • Education and Employment: The education system, work, and travel opportunities.
  • French-speaking World: Regional culture, heritage, festivals, customs, and traditions.
  • Media and Culture: Trends in media, art, film, and music in the French-speaking world.
 
French A2 Level:
 
Novel: ‘No et moi’
Topics Include:
  • Diversity: Migration, integration, cultural identity, and marginalisation.
  • Celebrating Difference: Cultural enrichment and combating discrimination.
  • June 1940–May 1945 Life in occupied France; the French Resistance
  • The cultural dimension in occupied France
  • The political context of theatre and cinema productions
  • 1945-1950 Rebuilding and restructuring society in post-war year.

Sixth Form Spanish

At Key Stage 5 (KS5), students undertaking WJEC A-Level Spanish (B810) experience a comprehensive education that not only refines language skills but also cultivates critical thinking, cultural understanding, and personal growth. The course prepares students for global career paths and further educational opportunities abroad, while fostering intercultural competence and open-mindedness.

Spanish AS Level:

Film: ‘El laberinto del fauno’

Topics Include:

  • Youth and Society: Family structures, youth trends, and personal identity.
  • Education and Employment: The education system, work, and travel opportunities.
  • Spanish-speaking World: Regional culture, heritage, festivals, customs, and traditions.
  • Media and Culture: Trends in media, art, film, and music in the Spanish-speaking world.

Spanish A2 Level:

Novel: ‘Como agua para chocolate’

Topics Include:

  • Diversity: Migration, integration, cultural identity, and marginalisation.
  • Celebrating Difference: Cultural enrichment and combating discrimination.
  • Modern History: Spain from 1936, including Franco’s regime and its aftermath.

In summary, our KS5 MFL curriculum aims to produce well-rounded, globally aware individuals who are proficient in their chosen language, equipped for an interconnected world.