The aim of the Modern Languages Department is to promote an appreciation of other languages and cultures, and to make language learning exciting and fun. Enjoyment is an important part of the learning process and we aim for fluency, whatever the level.
We strive to provide the children with the best preparation for their external exams and, using our own resources and the coursebook (Encore Tricolore, Nouvelle Edition), we teach the four skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing. The major topics covered are life at home and school, in and around town, activities and holidays, and daily routine.
The children are taught in forms in Years 4 and 5 and set by ability from Year 6 onwards. We use the target language as appropriate and employ a variety of teaching methods ranging from drama, ICT, Interactive Whiteboard, songs and games. For vocabulary learning we favour the "look, cover, write, check" method. There are regular unit tests and an annual exam in the Summer term for those not sitting external exams.
Other curriculum experiences include an annual exchange for Year 6 with a school in Versailles; a European Day of Languages assembly; Une Journée Française for Year 6; Drama Presentations for Year 7; a French Variety Show for Year 8 and a Drama tour to France for a small group of scholars.
In Years 7 and 8, the top two French/Latin sets can opt to learn German, Spanish or Classical Greek.