Learning French is a liberation from insularity and provides an opening to other cultures. Cambridge French as a second language fosters pupils’ curiosity and deepens their understanding of the world. Our Lower school pupils learn to express their ideas and thoughts in French and to understand and respond to its speakers, both in speech and in writing.
Teacher assessments are continuous during LIVE TAUGHT lessons, marking of coursework and assignments and summative tests.
Homework will be given at the end of each week, usually in the form of researching key concepts, quizzes for recapitulation and subject related fun, completion of coursework.
Parents have 24 /7 access to all of their children’s coursework, grades and teacher feedback. Additionally parents can arrange consultations with teachers at mutually convenient times.
French is the study of the French culture through the spoken and written word. Lower school French is informed by the English National Curriculum Key Stage 3 Programmes of study. This ensures pupils have the expected knowledge, skills and understanding to progress to Upper school at any English school.
identify and use tenses or other structures which convey the present, past, and future as appropriate to the language being studied
use and manipulate a variety of key grammatical structures and patterns, including voices and moods, as appropriate
develop and use a wide-ranging and deepening vocabulary that goes beyond their immediate needs and interests, allowing them to give and justify opinions and take part in discussion about wider issues
use accurate grammar, spelling and punctuation.
2. Linguistic competence
listen to a variety of forms of spoken language to obtain information and respond appropriately
transcribe words and short sentences that they hear with increasing accuracy
initiate and develop conversations, coping with unfamiliar language and unexpected responses, making use of important social conventions such as formal modes of address
express and develop ideas clearly and with increasing accuracy, both orally and in writing
speak coherently and confidently, with increasingly accurate pronunciation and intonation
read and show comprehension of original and adapted materials from a range of different sources, understanding the purpose, important ideas and details, and provide an accurate English translation of short, suitable material
read literary texts in the language [such as stories, songs, poems and letters], to stimulate ideas, develop creative expression and expand understanding of the language and culture
Madame Langvillier is a native French speaker and a highly experienced teacher of French at Lower school, IGCSE and A Level. Her passion for her mother tongue and her country is infectious and her pupils quickly share this. Madame Langevillier is very friendly and approachable and she immediately puts even the most self-conscious pupils at ease with speaking French.
How to apply
Our school is nearly always full, with very few school places!