There’s No M in MFL: Using Latin to Close The Gap

Many primaries find themselves hard-pressed to reach the expected standards for spoken foreign languages, but the National Curriculum has a completely different focus for ancient languages. Where Latin is taught, the priority is for comprehension of the written word, discussed in English, as well as classical history and cultural capital.

  • Close the gap for disadvantaged children
  • English vocabulary development
  • English spelling and grammar

About this INSET

“Modern foreign languages” used to be an optional subject, but in the 2014 curriculum it became statutory with a new name, “foreign languages”, and its expectations were raised considerably. Many schools struggle with the requirements for a range of reasons: teacher expertise; isolation from other learning; even behaviour. There is a different focus for ancient languages, though, and this can drive your children’s confidence in English comprehension and speech.

This short course suggests Latin might be a much-underestimated context for a range of primary school needs.

  • National Curriculum for Languages - requirements and misconceptions
  • Using Latin to drive up standards in English comprehension, grammar and spelling
  • How Latin can improve etymological and morphemic understanding, to help children from disadvantaged backgrounds



This course is appropriate for primary schools.

  • Senior Leaders
  • Foreign Language Leads
  • KS2 Class teachers

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