As Director for Challenge at MRC, I am delighted to be introducing CLiL to Midhurst Rother College from September 2020.
What is CLiL? It means content & language integrated learning. In addition to conventional MFL classes, one tutor group of year 7 students will learn through French, in some subject lessons, following the same curriculum, but working in the foreign language. Tutor time will also be conducted in French (outside of assemblies of course). Students do not need to have started French at primary school to be included in the class; they just need to be keen to learn! We are currently planning the subjects for CLiL and the schemes of work in French with committed colleagues. CLiL students will still access most of the curriculum through English, so this will not be an elitist group separate from their peers. They will be in teaching groups for many subjects with other year 7 students.
CLiL teaching has been shown to accelerate progress in languages and across other subjects. It builds cultural understanding, self-confidence and concentration skills in learners. Willingness to listen, perseverance and resilience (when things are misunderstood) will be needed from students who take part. The students will become very used to hearing French, processing information and instructions, then to responding in French. It will become natural to do everyday things at school, just as in other lessons, but through a second language. We will teach to the highest standards of subject knowledge and promote excellent progress, just as we do in all lessons at the College. We anticipate the CLiL class being ready for GCSE French in the summer of year9, although this plan will be reviewed for students, on an individual basis, as we reach that stage. Subjects offered through French may change over the three years, as staffing changes and/or we evaluate the needs of the students and the curriculum.
From 1 November 2019, if you apply for a place for your child at the College, you can also apply for a place for them in this tutor group. Students should complete the application form by following this link. This should be submitted before 20 March 2020. We will invite applicants to attend a trial CLiL session and parents to a presentation about the project. It may be that we are over-subscribed for CLiL, so cannot provide a place in this one tutor group for every applicant. We are committed to excellent provision, with the most appropriate and committed staff, which means we do not have capacity to create an extra group. In this case, we would create the most balanced tutor group from the applications received. Parents will be notified about whether their child has been allocated a place in the CLiL tutor group by Friday 1 May 2020. For more information on CLiL 2020, please contact Mrs Lunskey by email (Fiona.Lunskey@mrc-academy.org).