Rationale The Place Of Modern Foreign Languages Essay

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Rationale -The place of Modern Foreign languages in the Curriculum.

I am going to explore the relevance, benefits and the place of Modern Foreign Languages within the curriculum as well as the ‘framework’ associated with MFL which supports other subjects. I will focus more on cognitive, health, education benefits as well as economic values. I will also touch upon cultural, personal and social advantages. These different aspects will help to outline what ‘learning a foreign language’ consists of and justify the status and significance of Modern Foreign Languages within the curriculum.

The cognitive elements of learning MFL
One of the key elements of learning any language is that it increases all of our cognitive abilities. This relates to how we learn; (perception, memory, motor skills, attention, visual and spatial reasoning etc.) (Dr.Pascale Michelon, 2016).
Focusing on memory skills, they are improved substantially when learning another language, this skill goes hand in hand with language acquisition. Memory is developed as language is repeated and meaning is focused upon by pupils. “To retain knowledge it must be made meaningful”. (Rachel Hawkes, 2016). Classroom learning activities which entail linking actions to foreign words along with multi-sensory and auditory approaches to teaching MFL help to stimulate this intellectual skill which eventually helps the topic being learned to become embedded within the brain.
“Students who study foreign languages tend to score
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