Ms C Coyle / Mrs M McGuinness (Head Of Department)
Key Stage 3
The approach to language teaching is now very communicative with equal emphasis on the 4 skills of listening, reading, speaking and writing.
The GCSE course seeks to build on the foundations laid at Key Stage 3 and to develop pupils as individuals and contributors to the economy, society and environment.
A level French enables students to develop and build on the skills acquired at GCSE. The Core Contexts In Year 13 include Family Relationships, Media, Popular Culture and Healthy Lifestyle. In Year 14 students study The Environment, The Multicultural Society and Contemporary Issues. In addition pupils study French Literature and carry out personal research on a French director. Senior pupils attend language classes with a native French speaker twice a week to develop their oral proficiency. Independent learning is encouraged via personal research, peer teaching and exam practice exercises.
KS3 pupils can develop their appreciation of the French language and culture by attending Le Cercle Français. Activities include films, cookery and drama, all of which are delivered in the TL. The Onatti Theatre group attend the school yearly to perform a play to KS3 pupils and Senior pupils participate in the Juvenes Translatores Translation Competition which provides them with the opportunity, not only to enhance their translation skills but also, if successful, travel to the EU.