The teaching and learning that takes place in and beyond our Modern Foreign Language lessons at De Aston seeks to prepare our learners to be competent to communicate and contribute to today’s global society, whilst encouraging cultural intelligence and intercultural understanding.

Department aims

  • Improving cross-cultural understanding, international awareness, and appreciation of one's own culture.
  • Developing language skills in the target language.
  • Improving literacy and communication skills in both the target language and the pupil’s home language. (reading, writing, grammar, listening, vocabulary building and pronunciation);
  • Preparing advanced-level students for careers or graduate study in which such skills, knowledge and awareness are valuable;
  • Promoting international travel and study;
  • Participating in the activities of civic and professional organisations that promote the study of languages, literature and culture, and public interest in them.


Please contact Head of Department Miss J Johnson for further information.



  • Pen, pencil, rubber, ruler
  • We also recommend using Collins Easy Learning dictionaries, although pupils have access to copies in class.
  • We advise bringing in headphones/ earphones for use in our ICT suite.


We offer a twice weekly homework club to help our students with language learning or the opportunity to use our ICT suite to practice online. At Key Stage Four students are able to attend our lunchtime Exam Clinic, in order to prepare for their GCSE MFL exams. We hold a French Film Club once a week to promote extra- curricular MFL learning.


For this information please contact the Head of Department.


The basics (numbers, alphabet, greetings, colours, days and months.)

  • Family and friends.
  • At home.
  • In town.
  • School and routine.
  • Hobbies.


Family and home

  • Freetime
  • Going out.
  • Food and drink.
  • Holidays.
  • Friends.



  • Future plans
  • Health
  • Describing people
  • Tourism
  • Rights of young people.


Language skills and fluency in the target language (French or German) are developed in more depth, by applying vocabulary and grammatical structures presented via the following topics: School, Identity and Culture, Local area, holiday and travel, Future aspirations and work and International and global dimension. Assessment is in line with the requirements of GCSE French and German, therefore pupils will be assessed in writing, reading, listening, speaking and translating skills.