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Charity launches free DVD to inspire young people to take up MFL

A free DVD learning resource has been created to help secondary school teachers embed film into the curriculum and improve attainment in languages.

Since 2008/9 there has been a 10% fall in young people taking any modern language at GCSE, after Modern Foreign Languages (MFL) no longer became a compulsory subject from 2004.

A recent report has highlighted examiners’ concerns that European Languages A Levels are in a “crisis”, with head teachers keen to find a strategy to help promote the subject.

According to the charity Film Education, which helped create the ‘The Thinking Modern Foreign Languages MFL’ DVD resource, the film challenges learners to think about and investigate language.

Ian Wall, director of education at Film Education, said: “Central to learning about MFL must be hearing authentic voices in target languages, and European films achieve this, immersing young people in the culture of a country.”

Natalie Thornhill

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