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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
Year 7 and 8 students have 3 French lessons per week, and they will be working towards taking their Language GCSE in Year 9, which is a really exciting opportunity.
Your daughter/ward will be set homework on a weekly basis and we will inform you of their progress. Good work and behaviour are praised and celebrated through regular small rewards consisting of stickers, stars and merits.
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 in a global context”. 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.
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)
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.linguascope.com (intermediate). Languages online (www.languagesonline.org.uk) is an excellent resource for practising the three tenses and other grammatical points.
There was a trip to Chateau D’Ebblinghem in St. Omer, the Opal Coast in March 2015 for Year 7 to Year 9 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.
Terms & holidays
Ms Beagley will be holding a coffee morning on Monday 12th December at 9.45. All parents are welcome to drop in and talk about how EGA is supporting their daughters and any ideas parents have for working more closely with the school.