French is the official language of 29 countries and with around 300 million French speakers it is the sixth most spoken language in the world.
French is the second most studied language in the world, not surprising when it is spoken so widely and one of the official languages of the EU and UN.
Year 8 and 9
French is taught as an option from Year 8 where the principles of grammar are learnt alongside vocabulary on key topics to start gaining proficiency and confidence in understanding and speaking the language. Culture is integrated into the curriculum through songs, films as well as gaining an insight into customs and traditions.
In Years 10 and 11 pupils study a curriculum designed to prepare them towards the Edexcel International GCSE examination which is taken at the end of Year 11. The course develops their language in all four skills across a range of topics allowing them to become confident and competent speakers, to write essays and understand complex conversation and text. As well as learning more detailed grammar and a wider range vocabulary, pupils gain a greater understanding of French culture. In Year 11 pupils have a weekly oral lesson with the French language assistant in small groups in order to improve their speaking and listening skills.
French Ciné Club – pupils watch and review French films in group discussions learning about the renowned French cinema as well as French culture and social issues which are observed in films.
French Debating Club – pupils are invited simply to listen or actively to participate in French, debating a wide range of different motions.
Montpellier trip – there is a biennial visit to Montpellier for Years 10 and above where pupils stay in host families, go to French lessons and immerse themselves in the French way of life.