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KS3/4 Modern Foreign Languages - Attracting Lower Ability Pupils



This programme visits Frederick Gough School in Scunthorpe to examine the issue of making language courses more appealing to lower ability pupils.

When Andy Markham and his MFL department colleagues realised that less able students were switching off when studying for GCSE French or Spanish, they decided to try introducing more vocational language courses as an alternative.

The CBLC in Spanish (Certificate of Business Language Competency) and ABC French (Awarding Body Consortium) were two such courses offered to pupils as a new option in the curriculum.

Teaching staff immediately saw a difference in attitude in the classroom. The belief is vocational courses are more relevant to pupils with lessons covering areas such as leisure activities and basic business skills.

Andy discusses his experience of teaching 'business' French, Spanish and Russian courses (including the Certificate of Achievement) and reveals the benefits and pitfalls of taking this approach.

Published : Oct 2006

15 mins


Secondary Teacher


Secondary Modern Foreign Languages


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