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Introduction to French

Two of the most persistent myths about languages are that the British do not need to learn foreign languages since everyone else speaks English, and that the only jobs for people with languages are teaching and translating. Both statements are false! The reality is that over 60% of British trade is with non-English-speaking countries and British businesses lose billions of pounds each year due to poor language skills. Skilled linguists have never been so much in demand! There are more than 260 million native French speakers. International businesses prefer to hire people who speak more than one language and French is the ideal language as it is one of the working languages of the United Nations.

French at KS3

Students will study beginner's French in Y7. The KS3 French course covers an introduction to spoken and written French. Students will learn a range of topical vocabulary which includes: personal descriptions, school, home and city. Alongside their academic studies, students will gain an insight into Francophone culture and celebrations such as Noël and Pâques.

French at KS4

The 2-year GCSE course will extend students’ knowledge of a range of vocabulary and grammatical concepts in French, to allow them to use their language competently and express their own ideas and opinions. The course will develop students' ability to communicate confidently and coherently with native speakers in speech and writing, deepen their knowledge about how language works and enrich their vocabulary, as well as developing awareness and understanding of the culture and identity of francophone countries. The course content is broken down into 3 themes:

  • Identity and Culture
  • Local, National, International and Global Areas of Interest
  • Current and Future Study and Employment.