The programme offers:
• a well-sequenced, well-constructed alternative approach to Key Stage 2 Languages
• the development of knowledge and understanding of how ‘language’ works, preparing pupils for learning different
languages in Key Stage 3
• each language introduced builds sequentially on pupils’ knowledge of grammar, patterns and language learning strategies
• the opportunity to be delivered flexibly in schools, integrated within a well-planned, ambitious primary curriculum
• an adaptable, multilingual model which can be delivered by non-specialists
• strengthened transition to secondary school through a DL transition portfolio/e-portfolio
• an opportunity to celebrate and admire the linguistic footprint of your school community and ensure the curriculum
reflects the local context
• valuable experience of language learning whilst developing strategies to decode meanings of new languages
• clearly identified outcomes for the 4 year broad, rich curriculum
Supporting primary generalists and the wider curriculum
• The class teacher can teach in Years 3, 4 and 5 as no language will be taken to too high a level.
• Multi-media and community resources can support the teaching of new languages.
• Mixed-age rolling programme planning will be facilitated by language change.
• All KS2 teachers are literacy trained and can utilise their grammatical knowledge to make links between languages and
enhance vocabulary acquisition.
• A broad and rich curriculum experience given to pupils through learning several languages and cultures.
• Substantial progress in one language
can be reached over five terms in Years 5 and 6, using specialist input, if necessary.
• Language changes, when pupils move between schools and teachers move between year groups, will be less of an issue.
How does the model work?
• The standard broad four language model is a different language in Years 3, 4, 5 and 6 although this can be adapted to suit a
school’s particular needs (see the Overview of Multilingual Model
• Languages are chosen according to staff expertise, community needs, curriculum links, available resources and KS3
Please see our FAQs
if you have any queries regarding these resources, or about teaching MFL in primary schools.
See also our paper Supporting Foreign Languages in your School: A guide for governors in primary schools
, and produced in association with the British Council and the National Governance Association.
If you would like more information about these resources, or to book a presentation at your school, please contact ASCL MFL Consultant Suzanne O'Farrell at Suzanne.O'Farrell@ascl.org.uk