Learning French at Worth is a fun and rewarding experience, whether students join us with very little experience of the language or arrive as near-native speakers.
Our students are lucky to have native speakers of all European languages both on our staff and within the student body; it is not unusual to hear staff and older pupils speaking French throughout the School – a unique European environment. Our genuine love of the Francophone world means that students learn French in an authentic context and in intellectually stimulating ways. Our classrooms are equipped with interactive SmartBoards and students make regular use of current, magazines and literature, available in the Library or in the department.
To help broaden students' linguistic experience, all students throughout the year groups have the opportunity to have first-hand experience with France, either on work experience (Year 12), the Paris trip (Year 10), with their individual pen pals from a school in Aurillac with whom we have strong links (Year 9) and the Paris trip (Year 7). For more on trips click here.
French for Years 7 to 9
All students in Year 7 learn French and Spanish in mixed ability classes and are then placed in sets for Years 8 and 9. In Year 9 pupils either choose two languages from French, Spanish and German, or opt to focus on one of the three.
Year 7 visit Paris towards the end of the summer term.
French for Years 10 to 11
The French department follows the AQA specification for GCSE French which offers many opportunities to discover more about other French-speaking countries as well as their festivals and special days. There is a very popular trip to Paris towards the end of the summer term in Year 10 where students combine language practice with visits to cultural places of interest.
French in the Sixth Form
At A Level, students are taught the AQA specification. All students have weekly classes to work on their spoken French with a native speaker, either in small groups or on a one-to-one basis (for Year 13). IB students may study French at Standard or Higher Level. Like the A Level students, they have access to weekly classes with a native speaker, specifically to build confidence with spoken French. Cinema, literature, politics and current affairs form an integral part of French studied in both courses.
Year 12 students taking up the opportunity to take part in the Work Placement Scheme in Aurillac have found it hugely beneficial, a timely reminder of the purpose of their French studies. In addition, Years 12 and 13 are offered opportunities to put their knowledge to the test by taking part in the Regional French Debating Competition in February.