We aim to instill a love of the French language, culture, thought and history.
French at City
At City we use a creative and communicative approach to teaching which is supported by an embedded use of technology in the classroom.
Why study French at City?
Languages contribute to the cultural and linguistic richness of our society, through personal fulfilment, mutual understanding, commercial success and international trade and global citizenship. At City we use a creative and communicative approach to teaching which is supported by an embedded use of technology in the classroom. We aim to instill a love of the French language, culture, thought and history. We go beyond the textbook at City; we use a variety of resources from French film, literature, song, and current affairs.
Trips to France are an integral part of the learning and from year 10 to year 13 students benefit from personalised tutorials with language assistants. We aim to teach students to communicate effectively and confidently in French with an emphasis on accurate pronunciation. They engage in discussion of both personal and global significance requiring great commitment to detail, vocabulary, and grammar.
"I would recommend studying French at GCSE because the teaching is excellent. The oral examination can be what students feel most apprehensive about, but the department's language assistants are available both during and outside of lesson time which ensures that by the end of the course each student's French speaking ability and confidence have improved significantly."
Beyond the curriculum
Year 8 students join a successful five-day trip to Normandy, visiting such places as the Normandy landing beaches and Bayeux. In year 9 students are given the opportunity to discover the Loire Valley. Year 10 students attend a language course combined with cultural activities at the “Centre International d’Antibes” and stay with host families. Our Year 12 students organise trips for themselves, whether it be for courses or work experience. Past students have studied in Nice, Montpellier and worked in Paris. We strongly encourage students to experience French culture on offer in London by going to the French Institute to see films, attend talks and use the library for research and take part in yearly competitions.