Super User French is an official language in more than 35 countries in the world. In Europe only it is the first language of more than 72 million people. French is also an official language of the Olympic Games, the United Nations and the EU. Thanks to its rich history, geography, culture and tourist facilities, France is also the most popular tourist destination in the world. Studying French is therefore very much relevant in today’s education whether from the point of future careers or job opportunities, but also from a personal development. Studying one language moreover will help you in the future if you were to consider learning other foreign languages. Our GCSE French class were busy during Anti-Bullying week, November 2015. French is about more than knowing your vocab from your verbs...and they gave us lots to think about in this video... Aims Our French department caters for pupils from year 8 to year 14. We benefit from excellent facilities and we use a wide range of activities, supports and techniques to teach our pupils. Our main aim is to ensure that our students have an enjoyable and rewarding experience. While learning French is the most essential objective of lessons, our students also spend time discovering about elements of culture from French speaking countries. Staff In June 2013, Mr Giraudeau joined Fivemeiltown College and is currently responsible for the running of the French department. He is a French native and has been teaching for more than 25 years of which 20 years in Northern Ireland. Resources The modern language classroom is spacious, well equipped with an interactive white board and a computer system. An adjacent room is home to 4 computers. The Department has access to a variety of text-books, CD-rom and websites such as linguascope, TES and youtube. + - KS3 Click to collapse At KS3, the focus is on building a rich vocabulary base. At the start of each year, every pupil receives a vocabulary booklet which shows the specific content of the programme for the school year. They use this booklet in class and at home to support their work. The lessons are varied and include reading, listening, writing and speaking activities linked with the topic taught. As well as teaching French, pupils get involved with tasks which cover other areas such as maths, science, music, craft, geography, home economics and even P.E. At the end of KS3, pupils can chose to study it for their GCSE. In 2014, 22 pupils decided to carry on with GCSE French (33% of potential students). + - KS4 Click to collapse At KS4, the focus is on preparing the student for their GCSE. At the start of each year, every pupil receives a text-book which shows the specific content of the program for the 2 school years. They use this book in class and at home to support their work. The lessons are varied and include reading, listening, writing and speaking activities linked with the topic taught. However there is a strong focus on grammar. Currently we are following the AQA syllabus. 60% of the exam is achieved through 4 controlled assessments (2 speaking and 2 writing which are not tiered) conducted in the classroom. At the end of year 12, pupils sit a listening and a reading test (these tests are tiered). In June 2014, 2 pupils gained an A* and 4 gained an A grade, making it the most successful year group in ten years.At the end of KS4, pupils can decide to study French for GCE. + - A Level Click to collapse Students can opt to study AS for one year or can carry on for a second year and reach A2. The A2 grade is the combination of grades gained in the first and second year exams.