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All pupils learn French from Year 7 and continue doing so in Years 8 and 9. They are taught two lessons of French a week, increased to three when they opt to carry on with the subject as one of their choices of GCSE. A popular choice at GCSE, French lessons are based on developing speaking skills with role-play and basic conversations in Year 7 and a gradual emphasis on grammar and the structure of the language throughout Key Stage 3.
Throughout KS3 and KS4, two homeworks are set every week; one learning homework and a more extensive piece of work such as a reading practice, a writing task or a grammar exercise. With many pupils choosing French as one of their GCSE options, the emphasis is then on increasing their vocabulary and their grammar knowledge, while developing the ability to write extensive pieces of work and gain confidence in manipulating the language orally, as required by the examination board used - Edexcel. At A level, pupils have 11 lessons a fortnight.
The focus is increasingly on topical issues with essay writing at the centre of the course, complemented by a thorough preparation for the oral examination with the help of our French assistant. Authentic materials such as songs, articles and resources from French sources are widely used to further enhance the pupils’ cultural awareness of France and the French-speaking world. In Year 13, pupils also study a novel, currently L’Etranger from Albert Camus. Finally, a strong commitment, throughout all Key Stages, is to help the pupils become independent learners with the support of their teachers