Modern Foreign Languages

At ECS we believe that the study of MFL is an important part of the pupils’ curriculum. It equips them with a useful practical tool for communication in an international context; strengthens their ability to express themselves; enables them to develop transferable language learning skills; encourages them to analyse a foreign language and compare it to their own; provides an insight into other people, countries and cultures and thus widens their intellectual horizons.

Head of Faculty: Ms C Ramos


At ECS we believe that the study of MFL is an important part of the pupils’ curriculum. It equips them with a useful practical tool for communication in an international context; strengthens their ability to express themselves; enables them to develop transferable language learning skills; encourages them to analyse a foreign language and compare it to their own; provides an insight into other people, countries and cultures and thus widens their intellectual horizons.

The study of MFL, particularly in KS4 & 5, requires pupils to explore the notions of citizenship and personal and social responsibility.

The MFL courses aim to develop the pupils’ communicative competence in the four equally important attainment targets of listening, speaking, reading and writing. Lessons are taught as far as possible in the target language (TL) thus allowing the students to see it as a valid medium of communication. They, in turn, should be encouraged to use maximum TL in the classroom and to ask for help when necessary in that language. Much of the lesson content involves the development and practising of oral and comprehension skills with writing tasks most commonly set as prep to enable pupils to work more easily at their own level and speed. However, it is important that grammar is introduced from the early years in order that pupils gain confidence and competence in TL structures. Regular writing assignments and tests in vocabulary and grammar are set to support this.

The MFL department is committed to teaching languages at a level which is appropriate to the ability of each pupil. It is important that each pupil is able to realise their potential. Teaching strategies are varied and staff try out new ideas and approaches in order to instil interest and enthusiasm to promote effective learning. Staff aim to develop a relationship with pupils which allow them to recognise the individual pupils’ needs and to be seen as approachable by the pupils.

Above all, we are committed to making language learning an enjoyable experience. Pupils must feel confident using the foreign language and see us as relevant to their needs. Serious productive work should not preclude fun.

The aims of the Modern Languages Faculty throughout the school are:

  • To foster the enjoyment of language learning;
  • To encourage pride in successful linguistic achievement;
  • To develop each pupil to their maximum potential in the use and understanding of modern foreign languages at a level appropriate to the learner’s experience;
  • To encourage good practice in the effective acquisition of language-skills;
  • To promote understanding and appreciation of the cultures and ways of life of other countries;
  • To ensure that pupils achieve their full potential in public examinations.

The MFL Faculty:

Cecile Ramos: Head of the MFL faculty/ French and Spanish KS5 coordinator
William Grisedale: Deputy Head of MFL and KS4 Coordinator/ French teacher
Annick Pivert: KS3 and transition coordinator/ French teacher
Sandra Garcia Sanchez: Primary coordinator /French and Spanish teacher
Gulden Osman: Turkish coordinator
Jacob Lee: French and Spanish teacher and Numeracy, Literacy/EAL, Inclusion leader for MFL
Rhiannon Rutherford: French teacher/ part-time
Berivan Urger: Turkish teacher