Modern Foreign Languages

Clear communication and understanding between peoples is evident as a gift that we experience when we are able to understand not just the technical translation of what someone says but can also interpret what is deeply meant and implied and its basis in culture.  A great degree of skill is needed to achieve this even between native English speakers, indicating the significance and value of foreign language capability between linguists.

We experience the confusion that comes from poor or absent understanding of others, and therefore also of their cultures and worldviews, and might recognise the role of such lost understanding in the absence of peace in many parts of the world.  Learned foreign languages can be of great help in building cross-cultural understanding, of offering hospitality and service to others, and can be a great source of pleasure as we are exposed to the beauty of matters that are otherwise inaccessible.  Students will learn cooperation both within and beyond the classroom, become less insular and ethnocentric and see how language and culture are interrelated.  Languages should be a means of seeking to understand others’ views, and of service to others.

In Modern Languages, all students will be taught skills to allow them to work increasingly independently as they progress through the Academy so that they learn how to critically analyse their own academic performance against the high expectations they will have of themselves. They will be pushed to achieve their personal best and beyond and, through effective and engaging teaching, and a range of extracurricular activities, the department’s aim is for as many students as possible to take a language at GCSE and to continue to A Level.




Spanish Club – Weekly

French Club – Weekly

Italian Club – Weekly

German Club – Weekly

Language Evenings

Every Half Term there is a Languages Evening where members of all the clubs have an opportunity to get together and experience a culturally diverse activity.

Last academic year, the following activities took place:

  • French Animation Evening
  • Spanish Picasso Evening
  • Italian Pizza Evening
  • European Eurovision Evening

French & German Spelling Bee

At the beginning of the year, students from Year 7 are invited to take part in the French and German Spelling Bee. Initial competition takes place in the classroom, followed by a Year Group Final. The four winners of this will go through to the North East Regional finals held in York. Anyone who is successful at this stage is invited to the National Final in Cambridge in the Summer Term.

Year 9 and 10 Educational Visit to Normandy, France

Students will be travelling by coach and Eurotunnel to the Hotel Bon Séjour in Normandy France, where they will benefit from full board accommodation on the beach. Students will visit a Boulangerie and learn to make croissants, visit the historic town of Honfleur and do some watercolours, visit Paris and go up the Eiffel Tower and also take a trip on a Navette along the river Seine. Students will also visit Deauville and buy ingredients in the local market that they will eat for their lunchtime picnic. Students will also visit the Peace Museum at Caen and take a guided tour of the Omaha beach war memorial.

Students’ experiences will feed directly into their written controlled assessments at the end of Year 10, which form part of their final GCSE examination. The language and culture experienced will enrich and enhance the quality of their written and spoken responses in GCSE French.

Year 6 Transition Morning

All Students from Year 6 are invited to Bede North to experience some language workshops in the MFL Department. Students will take part in activities that will help boost their confidence in speaking, listening and interacting with teachers and each other.  The theme for the morning is ‘Astérix’ and throughout the morning, students are presented with challenges.

Celebrating European Day of Languages

On 26th September 2013, students from Bede Academy celebrated the European Day of Languages by participating in the following events:  a poster competition where language students designed a poster promoting the learning of Languages (the top 3 posters were then entered into the National Language Day competition); also, in all their subjects, students completed a starter activity in a different language, based on the subject they currently study;  in addition, throughout the day in language lessons, students were given the opportunity to learn another language that is not normally taught in the Academy;  finally, students were able to taste a selection of dishes from Europe when they visited the refectory.

Language Ambassadors from Newcastle University

University students in their final year who are currently studying languages at Newcastle University will visit our Year 9 students in March, before they  take their GCSE options. The Language Ambassadors from the University will talk to the students about the importance of taking languages at GCSE, the opportunities that are available to them if they choose to take languages at University and they will also share their personal experiences of their year abroad. This will help students make an informed choice for their GCSEs.

Modern Foreign Languages Department Teaching Staff
Mrs J Hardy Head of Modern Foreign Languages
Mme G Rodrigues-Biojout Primary Years Lead – French
Ms J Palmer Teacher of Modern Foreign Languages
Mrs E Jones Teacher of Modern Foreign Languages
Miss E MacKinlay Teacher of Modern Foreign Languages
Mrs M Jolly Teacher of Modern Foreign Languages