Educating young people who are blind or vision impaired

Modern Foreign Languages

We feel passionately that learning a foreign language enriches the curriculum and provides students with excitement, enjoyment and challenge. 

When we introduce students to the languages and cultures of others we help to create an environment in which they learn to respect the diversity of the society and the world in which we live.

In the Modern Foreign Languages Department our objectives are:

  • To add an international dimension to students’ learning
  • To promote an interest in learning other languages
  • To develop an appreciation of the diversity of languages
  • To develop a better understanding of their own mother tongue
  • To help develop awareness of cultural similarities and differences in other countries
  • To develop the four skills: Listening (and responding), Speaking, Reading (and responding) and Writing
  • To support students to understand and communicate in a new language
  • To make connections in their learning with other curriculum subjects
  • To lay the foundations for future study and life-long language learning

In class we aim to inspire our students through interesting topics and an array of engaging teaching techniques. We use specially adapted resources that enable our students to be independent language learners and encourage the use of the target language at every opportunity.

We pride ourselves in the extensive extracurricular opportunities we provide for our students to be partnered with students in schools in Germany, France and Spain, as well as our long-running trips to these European countries.

Head of Department:

Beatriz Molina, Head of MFL
Mrs Beatriz Molina

Examples of adaptations for vision impaired students

Material will be adapted, depending on the degree of functional vision, the effects of additional disabilities, and the task to be done. Students may use braille, large print or standard print with the use of optical devices to communicate or foreign language screen readers (for example, NVDA).

Braille can either be produced using a standard Perkins brailler or by using print-to-braille translation software (for example, Duxbury). In this method, information is typed into the software and it is formatted into Braille.


A Level:

  • French
  • German
  • Spanish


  • French
  • German
  • Spanish


  • French
  • German
  • Spanish
MFL Lesson
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