French

Did you know…

French is an official working language of the UN, the International Red Cross, The European Economic Community, NATO, and the International Olympic Committee?

Perhaps a lesser known fact is that following the victory of the Normans over the English in the Battle of Hastings in 1066 French was the official language of England for about 300 years. For this reason, about 30 to 50% of the basic English words are of French origin. Therefore you know a great deal before you’ve even started!

Nous espérons que vous allez adorer les études Françaises avec nous. A bientôt!

> Years 7-9

All pupils start French in Year 7 and are placed in sets, according to their previous experience. They continue their French studies in Year 8 and Year 9. The four key language skills of speaking, listening, reading and writing are developed by using a range of up-to-date, interactive resources and ICT where possible. This dynamic approach ensures pupils have the best opportunity to engage with the language and learn about the culture of France.

> GCSE

At GCSE, following the AQA syllabus, the aim is to give pupils the confidence to communicate and develop their ideas and deal with day-to-day real life situations. Pupils have the opportunity to practise their language skills through regular contact with our French assistant, and to take part in our long-standing cultural exchange with Lycée Napoléon in Normandy.

 

> A Level

We continue the AQA course and at AS pupils study the topics of media and health alongside popular culture and relationships. We focus on grammar and vocabulary to ensure confident and articulate linguists.

At A2 the topics of film, literature, and the environment, along with social and political issues are studied. Throughout the two years pupils have regular contact with our native French assistant, particularly for practising speaking skills in preparation for their oral exams.

Alongside the French exchange programme A Level pupils are also invited on the Language School Course in France’s beautiful southern city of Montpellier.

> Co-curricular

German Club runs twice a week for beginners and for those taking is on to GCSE.

Languages’ Week is a new initiative running alongside the European Day of Languages in September, which celebrates all things European through activities, guests speakers and language workshops.

Languages No Limits is our bi-annual careers event focusing solely on the career opportunities for those with one or more Modern Foreign Language. Guest speakers in the past have included GCHQ, Médecin Sans Frontières and the Intelligence Corps.

> Trips

We have an extensive trips programme on offer for our MFL pupils.

 

Year 7 & 8 bi-annual visit to Château de la Baudonnière in Normandy for a five-day French immersion visit with a wide range of fun outdoor activities and visits to French markets and the famous Mont St Michel.

 

Years 8-13 have the opportunity to take part in our long standing French Exchange to Lycée Napoléon and Collège Molière in L’Aigle, Normandy. Pupils stay with French families and experience living a French life alongside their correspondents including two days in the schools and visits to Paris. Our French friends then stay with us later on in the year.

 

At GCSE & A Level we take pupils on University MFL specific open days where they meet language tutors, try taster sessions in another language and can talk to students who have experienced languages at degree level. Our close links with Bath Spa University mean we also have invitations to GCSE and A Level workshop days.

 

Year 12 & 13 students are invited on the French Language School trip to the beautiful southern French city of Montpellier where they spend their mornings in class with French teachers where lessons are in closed groups and the content is designed to meet our curriculum. During the afternoons the students enjoy cultural based activities and visits in the local area. They stay with French families to complete the total immersion experience.