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Learning French at EGA is extremely interactive and students are encouraged to be independent, creative and reflective learners.
The French Department plans for each student to develop confidence in their ability and all students will develop an understanding of how language learning can bring global communities closer together, creating a deeper understanding of other cultures.
French at Key Stage 3
From September 2012 French will be taught 3 lessons a week in Year 7, and those Year 7 students will work towards taking their Language GCSE in Year 9 which is a really exciting opportunity.
Each student has a French ICT lesson where they can explore their language skills further by creating powerpoint presentations in the target language and by using online software such as Vokis and Glogsters. Students also reinforce their language learning by completing challenging exercises on line on www.vocabexpress.com, www.linguascope.com, and www.languagesonline.org.uk .
All students are assessed after each unit on one or two skills and there is an end of year exam in the summer term which will assess all skills (listening, speaking, reading and writing).
In year 7, the theme is “My World” which encompasses basic vocabulary, giving opinions, talking about self and family, school, incorporating grammatical skills which will help them create their own personalised “Language Tool Kit”.
The theme in Year 8 is “Holidays”. Students will continue to develop their understanding of tenses by discussing previous and future holidays, as well as normal holiday practice. They will study countries, capitals, weather, different forms of transport, recipes from the target country and eating out.
They will develop their research skills by finding out about aspects of other countries, for example, traditions, culture, language, food, activities and way of life. They will continue to develop skills in listening, speaking, reading and writing and consolidate the use of the different tenses.
The French Department has links with a school in La Réunion , Collège Les Alizés. EGA students visited La Reunion in June 2006 and the students from La Reunion have been to our school on several occasions.
There will be a day trip to Paris on Wednesday 3rd October which is open to all students studying French. It will be a very exciting day so we look forward to sharing the photographs and our experiences.
Study at Home for KS3
Students are actively encouraged to purchase a dictionary for the language they study and teachers recommend regular sessions at home working on www.vocabexpress.com, www.linguascope.com, and www.languagesonline.org.uk .
French at Key Stage 4 (Year 9 and Year 11)
In KS4 students are studying for their AQA French GCSE in one year which comprises of 60% coursework and 40% exam. Students study the following topics:
- Leisure and tourism
- Home and environment
- Work and Education
- Lifestyle – Health, Relationships and choices
The units are based on some topics already covered in KS3, but they are explored in more depth in KS4 and they are linked to content in other areas of the curriculum and focus on the creative use of language. There is a greater emphasis on grammar and developing independent learning in KS4.
Study at Home for KS4
Students are encouraged to complete vocabulary learning exercises on www.vocabexpress.com, and www.linguastars.com. www.languagesonline.org.uk is an excellent resource for practising the three tenses and other grammatical points.
There was a trip to Normandy in September 2011 for Year 10 and Year 11 students, which was a great success and a really enjoyable and valuable experience. All students felt that the trip had enhanced their language learning skills and their confidence in speaking and writing French greatly improved.
We have recently completed a “Deep Learning Day” in French to further prepare KS3 students who have chosen to study GCSE French next year. They were asked to prepare a French language lesson, together with some cultural input on France and French speaking countries to teach to a group of Primary school students. The standards of teaching and prepared resources were excellent and all students thoroughly enjoyed their learning experience. Our students found it extremely beneficial to reinforce their own knowledge and understanding of language structures through teaching others.
Here are some comments from EGA students about their day:
“I really enjoyed planning my teaching and preparing the resources. Today’s experience has really motivated me and I can’t wait to learn even more next year!”
“The teaching went well and we were very organised. Our teamwork was effective and we helped each other make our lesson successful.”
“I would love to do this type of project again because it’s great to teach what you know and it’s a lot of fun!”
Terms & holidays
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