We teach French because it is a world language. It is the language of culture, travel and the language of international relations. French is both a working language and an official language of the United Nations, the European Union, UNESCO, NATO and the International Olympic Committee.
In KS3 students learn to use French interactively through a variety of communicative activities in a wide range of topics related to their daily life. Students are assessed in relation to an adaptation of the British National Curriculum, informally in class work and formally in end of unit tests. All four skills (listening, reading, writing and oral) are regularly assessed. Students are frequently asked to reflect upon their learning and to set themselves realistic targets for improvement, thus acquiring more autonomy. Home learning is given weekly either in the form of small comprehension exercises, or regular vocabulary practice.
At KS4 students learn choose to take French as an option in IGCSE. We propose two types of courses : French as Second Language and French as First Language.
Our Sixth Form offers AS and A level Edexcel for French Second Language.
Beyond the classroom, as a department, we try to teach skills that will last further that just an exam, skills for life which help our students to communicate in French wherever they are. The Teacher in Secondary is a native French’s speaker with many years of teaching experience.