french language

Our French classes lay emphasis on French as a foreign language. The aim is to develop an ability to use the language effectively for practical communication.


The programme is based on the linked language skills of listening, reading, speaking and writing, and these are built on as learners progress through their studies.

We expose students to the culture of countries where French is spoken, thus encouraging positive attitudes towards language learning and towards speakers of other languages.


Our approach to French encourages students to be:

Confident, using new and familiar structures and vocabulary to communicate with others in everyday situations

Responsible, seeking opportunities to use and develop their language skills

Reflective, considering how to communicate different ideas and attitudes

Innovative, applying language to a variety of situations

Engaged, developing learning strategies which help them to express their ideas and their understanding of other cultures.


Through our French language programme, our students are able to:

  • Develop the language proficiency required to communicate effectively in French at level A2 (CEFR Basic User), with elements of level B1 (CEFR Independent User)
  • Offer insights into the culture and society of countries and communities where French is spoken