French Department

“Celui qui ne connaît pas des langues étrangères ne connaît rien de sa propre langue”
Those who know nothing of foreign languages know nothing of their own
In the Modern Language department we believe that it is exciting and important to develop an interest in other languages and we encourage children to develop the confidence to use and experiment with language. Pupils are exposed to authentic materials and situations: Pupils go on the annual French Trip to Dinard in Brittany, Form 7 pupils run their own French Café and over the years we have had had many theatre visits and have collaborated with a French theatre group. All pupils from Forms 3 – 8 use the Schoolshape online language laboratory which gives them added support and extra individual practice.  
We aim to:
Give pupils the skills which will enable them to use the written and spoken language with confidence

Give pupils the skills which will enable them to use the language effectively for purposes of practical communication

Give pupils the opportunity to work with authentic materials in an authentic setting

Encourage positive attitudes about other cultures
Pupils are examined twice yearly in each of the four language skills: reading, writing, listening and speaking.  All Form 8 pupils sit the Common Entrance 13+ examination and some pupils also sit Scholarship papers for their chosen senior school. 
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