Modern Foreign Languages

Modern Foreign Languages

Learning a language broadens horizons, instils confidence and deepens the understanding of the world in which we currently live. The benefits of being able to communicate in a second language are profound, opening minds to different cultures, developing speaking, listening, reading and writing skills as well as increasing employability.

The Modern Foreign Languages department at Teesdale School and Sixth Form utilises these core beliefs to develop curious and confident language learners of the future who will have the skills and capacity to master whichever language they may choose.

During their first years of study, students will have the opportunity to visit France or Spain with the Academy. These highly popular cultural visits aim to ‘put into practice’ the skills learnt within the classroom and students are encouraged to speak in the target language throughout the visit. This is a real opportunity to bring the subject to life for our learners. For those unable to travel, we bring the world to our classroom by celebrating festivals, food tasting, exposure to the latest songs, cultural anthems, clips from French and Spanish news and interviews and authentic texts from French and Spanish literature, newspapers and magazines. All students have the opportunity to develop conversational language skills and the necessary key language to successfully complete daily tasks in France such as booking a table in a restaurant, hotel reservations, asking for directions etc. Comme c’est génial!

After learning French in Year 7 students will pick up Spanish in Year 8 and consequently have a choice of languages when it comes to GCSE options. In addition, both subjects are offered to A Level.

Curriculum information

In addition to our aim of creating independent, motivated language learners, MFL also contributes to the development of cultural capital in a variety of ways every lesson. Language and culture are explored every lesson, covering a variety of familiar and unfamiliar contexts.






Tout sur moi 


Mon monde perso 

À table 

Mon quartier 

Ça c’est mon truc 

Destination vacances 

Bouger, c’est important! 

Le monde des médias 


Accro à la technologie 

En pleine forme 

Mon entourage 

La Vie Chez Moi 

Bienvenue à Barnard Castle 


C’est le weekend! 

Bon appétit! 

On Bouge! 


Bienvenue à Teesdale School 

On fait la fête! 


Les Vacances et le tourisme 



Après mes examens 


Je suis accro 

Mes projets d’avenir 




La pauvreté 

Les organisations caritatives 

GCSE Exams 







Me presento 

¿Cómo es tu familia ? 

Mi casa 

Mi familia / mis amigos 

Mi zona 

Mis estudios 

Mi tiempo libre 

La tecnologia 

La tele y las películas 



El ocio 

Un estilo de vida sano 

Las fiestas 

Las vacaciones 


Mis planes 

Mi trabajo futuro  


El medio ambiente 

Los problemas sociales 

GCSE Exams 


Spanish is good because you learn about new cultures and now I’m in Year 11 I like the freedom of being able to write longer pieces. I’m really looking forward to taking Spanish A Level.
Year 11 student
I enjoy deciphering new languages, I like it when I can understand what a reading activity is about.
Year 9 student