Modern Languages

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The Modern Languages Department is a vibrant and diverse one, where all ability levels in languages are welcomed and encouraged. French, German and Spanish are all taught in each Key Stage. French is introduced in Year 8 alongside a choice of either German or Spanish in Year 9, thereby granting all pupils the opportunity to make an informed choice for GCSE. There are currently six French classes at GCSE, and one each in German and Spanish. There are classes in French, German and Spanish at AS and A2 Levels. The CCEA specifications are followed at both GCSE and A Level in all three languages.

Why learn a languageThere are currently four full-time members of the Department and three part-time teachers. In addition, three native speakers assist with Advanced Level conversation classes in French, German and Spanish. There are seven classrooms which are conducive to language learning situated in two corridors, one above the other. All rooms are currently equipped with Interactive Whiteboards and audio equipment. A Departmental Resources Room is located on the upper floor. We also have a classroom dedicated to Independent Sixth Form Study which continues to prove popular with our Advanced Level students.

There is a long-standing German Exchange programme with a Gymnasium in Stadthagen, which we share with Victoria College Belfast. This year sees the introduction of RBAI’s first Spanish trip to Barcelona in March 2015 for the Senior School. An International Film Society shows a range of films from French, German and Spanish sources. Inst is also delighted once again to be awarded the highly prestigious International School’s Award.

MFL Staff



Ms P Miller Spanish/French

Head of Department

Mrs M Matchett French/German

Second in Department

Mrs L Tomb Spanish/ French
Mr D Wilson French/Spanish
Miss N Cosgrove French
Mrs S McGonigle French/Spanish

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Key Stage 3

At Key Stage 3 pupils follow the Studio courses in French, Stimmt in German and ¡Viva! in Spanish. These course books are supplemented by the interactive language websites Linguascope, Boardworks, Languages Online, Zut, Gut, Oye and À tantôt. Pupils are actively encouraged to contribute to our Modern Languages Blog which allows them to develop their ICT skills in tandem with consolidating their language knowledge. At KS3, boys also have the opportunity to attend the extremely popular Kahoot Club where they have further opportunity to develop their language and ICT skills in a fun and interactive way.

Key Stage 4

Pupils at Inst have a choice in how many languages or what languages they study for GCSE, depending on their field of interest and chosen career path. Pupils follow the Revised CCEA specification in all three languages, a course which encourages pupils to broaden their linguistic knowledge within the four skill areas: Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing. Pupils at GCSE build on their knowledge of topics within the three Contexts for Learning: Identity, Lifestyle and Culture; Local, National, International and Global Areas of Interest; and School Life; Studies and the World of Work.

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Key Stage 5

Students may choose to study two from French, Spanish or German. The smaller class sizes and frequent contact with the languages assistant allows pupils to further develop their language skills in a more friendly and relaxed setting. By the end of the A2 course pupils will have developed considerable linguistic confidence and fluency, dealing with a range of topical issues, detailed grammar points and a literature text in the target language. Boys leave the MFL department at Inst equipped to deal with our increasingly globalized society, with numerous transferable skills, making them invaluable to the employers of today.



If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart.
Nelson Mandela