Spoken by more than 220 million people around the globe and an official language in 29 countries across five continents, French is one of the most significant languages worldwide. France itself is the most visited country year-after-year as tourists explore its rich heritage, culture and history from the Pompidou Centre in Paris to the Van Gogh Bridge near Arles via Monet’s lily-pads in Giverny. The varied landscape is mirrored in the different Francophone countries and provinces around the globe, from Quebec in Canada to French Polynesia in the Pacific Ocean.
Students at the Anglo European School relish the opportunity not only to study the language itself, but also the fascinating literature and history inspired by such rich and diverse influences around the globe.
We offer study of French on entry to the school in Year 7, up to GCSE and throughout the sixth form. Depending on your capability and interests you may work towards GCSE, WJEC, A level or the International Baccalaureate (IB). In this way, we are able to respond to the needs of all our students and allow each individual to maximize their personal potential for success at examination.
Key Stage 3.
In Year 7 students are taught in mixed ability form groups and in Years 8 and 9 are set by ability. Setting is reviewed regularly following assessments and there is movement between sets as a result. Native speakers are supported through extra activities and, with the agreement of parents, on extension work of a more advanced nature.
Course books used are Allez 1 & 2, which are supplemented with additional material, including authentic resources which allow the teacher to differentiate target learning according to the needs of the class.
Allez 1 (year 7 and first half of year 8): ISBN 978-0-19-839504-1
Allez 2 (second half of year 8 and year 9): ISBN 978-0-19-839505-8
Topics covered include food, media, holidays, problems for teenagers and healthy living.
Teachers provide regular written feedback on progress and more detailed feedback once every half term on achievement in relation to end of Key Stage target. Students are informed about what they need to do to move on in their learning and are expected to respond to marking.
Key Stage 4
At Key Stage 4 most students of French follow the Edexcel GCSE syllabus. However weaker linguists pursue the WJEC Global Business qualification. Students studying for GCSE are set by ability in Years 10 and 11. The GCSE/WJEC courses start in Year 10 and are taught over a two year period culminating in exams at the end of Year 11.
The course book for French GCSE is Studio Edexcel French GCSE 9-1 Higher Level: ISBN 978-1292117836
This is complemented by the Studio Edexcel GCSE French Grammar and Translation Workbook: ISBN 9781292132990
The syllabus comprises deeper study of topics covered at Key Stage 3 along with new topics including the environment and customs and traditions.
Students receive regular oral and written feedback on their progress against their target grades and are given frequent opportunities to undertake self and peer assessment.
The range of options for study of French in the sixth form is diverse as students may opt for French A-level, French IB Higher or French IB Standard. Courses cover culture and history of the Francophone world, literature, political and social issues and current affairs. Fuller information concerning advanced study of French is given in the sixth form section of our website.
The French department runs support clinics for Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4 students after school on a Wednesday, as well as additional lunchtime clinics for GCSE candidates. We also offer a specific sixth form clinic, which sixth formers can attend as and when a need arises.
We support our sixth formers in preparation for their speaking exams through the help of native speaker parent volunteers. Each sixth former is given a slot on their timetable above the standard language lesson provision.
We also have a new cinema room where sixth formers can watch a range of French language films, an enjoyable way of enhancing proficiency in French.
Overseas visits programme
In year 7 all pupils visit the Château d’Ebblinghem on the Opal Coast in Northern France where they go on day visits to a variety of local attractions. Our overseas exchange programme has been designed to complement the school curriculum, enabling students of French to participate in an exchange visit to France in either year 8 or year 9 and the country of their other language studied in whichever alternative year is applicable. We have links with French schools in Avignon, Dinan, Dijon and Lyon. A longer 3-week exchange visit to Dijon is available to a small selection of year 10 students, and sixth form students have the possibility of work experience in Avignon or Arles. The visits programme enhances the language learning process enormously and we encourage as many students as possible to grasp these opportunities.
All students of French, German and Spanish should have an active learn log in. Teachers will endeavour to set emergency work from this resource for Key Stage 4 students.
All other work will be set using SMHW so students should log in to see what their teacher has set them.