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Modern Foreign Language

Why do we learn languages?

At Dewhurst, learning a foreign language provides an opening to other cultures. We believe we offer a high-quality languages education which encourages pupils’ curiosity and deepens their understanding of the world. Our lessons enable pupils to express their ideas and thoughts in another language and to understand and respond to each other, both in speech and in writing. We also provide opportunities for our children to communicate for practical purposes, learn new ways of thinking and read great literature in the original language. We help Language teaching children have the foundation for learning further languages, equipping pupils to study and work in other countries.


  • understand and respond to spoken and written language from a variety of authentic sources.
  • speak with increasing confidence and fluency, finding ways of communicating what they want to say, including through discussion and asking questions, and continually improving the accuracy of their pronunciation and intonation.
  • can write at varying length, for different purposes and audiences, using the variety of grammatical structures that the children have learnt.
  • discover and develop an appreciation of a range of writing in the language studied.

“To learn a language is to have one more window from which to look at the world” Chinese proverb