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  • Writer's pictureRebecca Lewis


Modern Foreign Language (MFL) lessons can provide a platform for pupils to engage with different cultures, perspectives, and ways of life, thus promoting spiritual, moral, social and cultural (SMSC) development. Here are some examples of how MFL lessons can promote SMSC:

Developing empathy and cultural understanding: By learning about other cultures, pupils can develop a deeper understanding and appreciation of other ways of life. This can lead to greater empathy and respect for others, regardless of cultural differences.

Encouraging respect for diversity: MFL lessons provide opportunities for pupils to learn about the customs, beliefs and values of other cultures. This can help to foster a respect for diversity, encouraging pupils to understand and appreciate the differences that make each culture unique.

Developing intercultural skills: Through MFL lessons, pupils have the opportunity to learn how to communicate with people from other cultures. This can help them to develop intercultural skills, such as the ability to listen, understand and communicate with people from diverse backgrounds.

Promoting language skills: MFL lessons help pupils to develop their language skills and build a greater understanding of how language works. This can help them to appreciate the beauty of different languages and the richness they bring to our lives.

Enhancing social skills: MFL lessons can also help pupils to develop their social skills. By working with peers from different backgrounds, pupils can develop their ability to collaborate and build relationships with others, as well as their ability to negotiate and compromise in different language contexts.

By incorporating these SMSC elements into MFL lessons, teachers can help to create a rich learning environment that promotes the development of pupils’ spiritual, moral, social, and cultural skills.


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