Head of French: Mrs Tina Roberts
To communicate effectively and meaningfully with someone requires a profound understanding of their world view which is rooted in the language they speak.
The acquisition of language skills is therefore central to a student’s personal, cultural and social development, as well as providing an important intellectual challenge.
Students learn to be confident, accurate and articulate linguists. Our philosophy aims to foster curiosity and independence as well as valuing accuracy and precision. The French Curriculum is designed to develop the four core skills necessary to language learning: listening, speaking, reading and writing. The department is passionate to also teach, through this process, students about the different culture of France. It is hoped that pupils will become confident and effective users of the French language.
All pupils learn French in Year 7. Some pupils will go on to study German as well as French in Years 8 and 9 before opting for either or both languages for GCSE. Some pupils will continue to study French only in Years 8 and 9.
In French, the Studio course is used at Key Stage 3, along with other resources.
The department is well- resourced. There are five modern and spacious classrooms for language teaching, situated in the Newton block. All classrooms have interactive whiteboards and one classroom is equipped with computers for the pupils. The department has a library of resources for use mainly by Sixth Form students. This includes a sizeable collection of foreign language DVDs, CDs and books.
The Department currently runs a joint French and German Year 8 trip to Alsace (staff contact Mrs T.Roberts) and an exchange trip to Bamberg in Year 10/11 (staff contact Mr. O. Acs). We also aim to take pupils to Business Language Champions events in the region whenever possible.