Modern Foreign Languages

"A man who does not know foreign languages is ignorant of his own."



The principle aim of modern foreign languages is to help students develop a strong knowledge and understanding of the diversity of life. Knowledge of other languages offers students a view of the changing world in which we live in and provides them with an opportunity to communicate and understand different cultures and traditions.


All year 7 students will study a Modern Foreign Language which they will continue to study in year 8 and year 9. Some students will have the opportunity of being entered for their GCSE and A Level through our fast tracking system.


At Feversham College we teach Modern Standard Arabic. This is the universal language of the Arab World which is understood by all Arabic speakers and used for most written material and TV programmes. Through Arabic students are also introduced to the Arab culture. Different ways of teaching are integrated in lessons including role plays, poems, songs, and ICT. Students will also have the opportunity to engage with native Arabic speakers through international projects.


Students are introduced to basic vocabulary, common phrases and everyday language through the skills of listening and speaking. A variety of teaching and learning techniques are used. The aims of the lessons are to make them enjoyable, interactive and fun. There is extensive use of the interactive whiteboard, quizzes, puzzles, games, role plays and ICT. All activities build and develop the skills of students.


Arabic and Urdu

Students taking either Urdu or Arabic will be taught the skills of speaking, listening, reading and writing through looking at a variety of topics. These include:

  • Out and about
  • Customer services and transactions
  • Personal information
  • Future plans, education and work
  • Media, travel and culture
  • Sport, leisure and work.

Key Stage 5

We offer AS and A2 Urdu at Key Stage 5. The course is quite intense as it involves a lot of writing in Urdu, particularly at A2 level. In order to broaden higher range vocabulary and experiences in Urdu language it is important students do a lot of background reading of newspapers, magazines, internet websites in their own time.

Students will study the following:

  • Youth culture and concerns
  • Lifestyle, health and fitness
  • The world around us including travel, tourism and the Urdu-speaking world
  • Education and employment
  • Customs, traditions and beliefs
  • National and international events
  • Literature and the arts.