We aim to encourage all pupils to develop their linguistic capabilities to the highest possible degree and to provide stimulating and enjoyable learning experiences, which may inspire pupils to continue their study of the language and embark on the study of a new one.
All pupils study French from Form 1 to Form 3, where pupils work through a variety of topics in the language and attain a wide range of basic knowledge and confidence and develop the four skills of Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking.
Pupils follow the CCEA French specification. They take examinations at the end of Form 5 in Speaking, Listening, Reading and Writing. The oral component is conducted by their teacher.
The CCEA French specification is followed. Pupils study a broad spectrum of contemporary themes which are tested through listening, speaking, reading and writing modules and they have further opportunities to develop their presentation skills. Pupils cover a wide range of topics in the language and study literary texts and a film, as part of the course. They also attend conversation classes with the French Assistant. At A2 level pupils further develop their competence and fluency in the four skills.
Pupils are taught by specialist teachers in subject-specific classrooms. Access to ICT Suites enhances and encourages interactive learning. Reading material in French is available, both within the department and in the school library, to promote further, independent study of the language. Pupils have regular timetabled classes with a native speaking Language Assistant, to develop their oral and presentation skills.
In the Sixth Form, pupils attend a Study Day and a Film Day at the Queen’s University of Belfast.
The European Day of Languages is celebrated yearly in school, providing opportunities to promote the study of French.
The French Exchange enables students to share their culture and experience French culture first hand. A new partnership has been established with Lycée L’Oiselet, located between Lyon and Grenoble.