French is taught throughout the school to an enthusiastic response, as reflected in healthy numbers continuing to IGCSE level. Students arrive in Year 7 with differing experiences of and exposure to the French language. Some may never have studied it, some may have a little experience and others may be fluent/native speakers. Lessons are organised so that all students are exposed to French at the right level so that they can enjoy success and be stretched if needed. Small classes and the arrival of a full-time French Assistant and two French native teachers alongside a dedicated department ensure that this really does happen. Students generally take IGCSE French in Year 11 but several students are entered early and then go on to study French at a higher level. Our students have the opportunity to work with our French Assistant either individually or in small groups.
As a part of our varied programme of trips and visits here at CIS, students from Year 8 to Year 10 travelled to France last March for five days where they were immersed in the language, whilst participating in a variety of activities and visits. We also regularly visit the Europa center in Essex to immerse our students in authentic Role Play situations.
French IGCSE results continue to be excellent with 100% of students in 2014 achieving a grade A or A*.
It’s not all work and no play though. See our Gallery below for a range of photos from our French activities throughout the year. These include photos from our trip to France, our visit to the Europa Centre and the recent visit by a French theatre company.
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