The department aims to make boys confident in the use of the French language. This involves not only linguistic competence but also a thorough understanding of the different cultures of the French-speaking world.
Boys are introduced to French in Year 7 and carry on studying the subject in Year 8 with an emphasis on practical linguistic competence. A large number of students choose to study French at GCSE and we have a significant amount of linguists who decide to study this language at a more Advanced Level.
The department believes in the importance of bringing a language to life by spending time in a country in which it is spoken. Year 7 pupils have the opportunity to participate in a day-trip to Boulogne. The theatre company Onatti performs a French play to all students in Years 9 and 10. It is expected that pupils studying GCSE French will participate in a residential trip to Normandy or our exchange with L´Institution de la Croix Blanche in Bondues near Lille. In the Sixth Form, students can spend four days in Paris.
Our aim is to teach engaging and fun lessons, while providing our students with a sound understanding of the grammar. Our native-speaker assistants contribute to the achievement of excellent levels of oral competence of both our middle-school and upper-school students.
We are passionate about fostering a love for languages and culture. Students are taught about French literature, film and advanced culture, and they are taken beyond the A-Level syllabus in their linguistic work.
Miss S. Mahadevan
Head of French