Great emphasis is placed on communication in the classroom and we endeavour to build up oral confidence and fluency in this way. This is balanced by providing a thorough grounding in the key aspects of French grammar, with the children being taught by specialist staff.
By means of lively but structured teaching, we seek to:
- Help them to acquire a wide range of useful vocabulary, and develop their ability to use it for practical oral communication in the foreign language.
- Give them a clear understanding of the grammar, so that they can establish a sound base for further study of the language as an academic discipline involving reading and writing as well.
- Give them insights into the culture of the country or countries where the language is spoken, thereby encouraging positive and tolerant attitudes towards habits and lifestyles which might differ somewhat from their own.
- Develop an awareness of the nature of language-learning generally, and of the skills required to tackle another modern language successfully.
The emphasis in the Junior House ( Years 3 & 4) is enjoyment of the language and thus a great many songs are learned in order to assimilate the language that way, as well following the wonderful ‘Skoldo’ course in the first steps in understanding the rudiments of the language.
Year 5 will next year be beginning the new course we aim to introduce, which will lead them on a sound path toward their Common Entrance or Scholarship.
Year 6 follows the ‘Expo‘ course and Years 7 & 8 follow the Actif course, both of which provide them with a good solid base ready for both Common Entrance and Scholarship
Having the opportunity to practise French in an authentic context is essential – our four annual trips over the Channel in Years 5, 6, 7 & 8, ensure that the children have an opportunity to use their French within its proper context and to experience a little of the life over there.