We are Linguists!
At Holly Mount we are linguists! We want our children to love languages. We want them to have no limits to what their ambitions are and grow up wanting to be interpreters, language teachers, translators and be able to work in other countries.
Children are very receptive to learning a new language. They are willing and able to mimic pronunciation without the inhibitions and self-consciousness of older students. They enjoy playing with the language and pick it up very quickly. International studies have shown repeatedly that foreign language learning increases critical thinking skills, creativity, and flexibility of mind in young children. At Holly Mount we hope to promote confidence, curiosity and enjoyment in learning French.
Language learning is more than just learning to speak and write in a different language. Learning about festivals and traditions from countries where the language is spoken helps children appreciate other cultures so that they can take a place in our global society.
By showing children that language learning can be fun, pupils will approach secondary school language lessons with greater enthusiasm and anticipation.
French subject specific characteristics, which we expect the children to demonstrate, have been developed and shared. These characteristics underpin all work in French and provide a common subject specific vocabulary for staff and children. These characteristics are: