French

Bonjour, Check Out Our French Activities

 

Our school has offered French as a LOTE since 1993 with strong links to local secondary schools to VCE level ensuring a continuous pathway for our students.

 

Students have weekly lessons from Prep to Grade 6 and develop oral language skills whilst exploring the rich cultural  features of French societies throughout the world. We teach French through  the AIM Gesture Method as well as using a range of engaging strategies such at IWB,  internet resources, music and dance, film and the presence of a French Assistant. We participate in visits from French performers as well as performing at Bendigo Cultural events. Whole school Multi age days are enjoyed with a French flavour.

 

 

Students enjoy French Day:

 

 

 

 

 

Some students and teachers are lucky enough to travel to FRANCE:

 

 

   

 

 

Why French?

 

 

 1. French is a world language More than 200 million people speak French on the five continents. French is the second most widely learned foreign language after English, and the ninth most widely spoken language in the world. French is also the only language, alongside English, that is taught in every country in the world.

 

2. A language for the job market  An ability to speak French and English is an advantage on the international job market.

 

 3. The language of culture  French is the international language of cooking, fashion, theatre, the visual arts, dance and architecture. A knowledge of French offers access to great works of literature, as well as films and songs, in the original French.

 

 4. A language for travel   France is the world’s number-one tourist destination and attracts more than 70 million visitors a year. A little French makes it so much more enjoyable to visit Paris and all the regions of France) and offers insights into French culture, mentality and way of life. French also comes in handy when travelling to Africa, Switzerland, Canada and our Asian/Oceania neighbours of  Vanuatu, New Caledonia and Vietnam.

 

 5. Bonus points.  A language for higher education Learning another language promotes higher level thinking skills.  At VCE  level  French attracts generous bonus TER points for  students seeking  higher University entrance  options. Speaking French opens up study opportunities at renowned world universities and business schools, ranked among the top higher education institutions in Europe and the world.

 

6. The other language of international relations French is both a working language and an official language of the United Nations, the European Union, UNESCO, NATO, the International Olympic Committee, the International Red Cross and international courts.

 

7. A language that opens up the world  After  English and German, French is the third most used language on the Internet, ahead of Spanish. An ability to understand French offers an alternative view of the world through communication with French speakers from all the continents

 

8. A language that is fun to learn  French is an easy language for our Australian students to learn. It does not take long to reach a level where you can communicate in French. Proficiency is more quickly gained than with the hours needed to become fluent in character and tonal  languages.

 

9. A language for learning other languages   Students enjoy  and quickly make the links between English and French vocabulary. French is a good base for learning other languages, especially Romance languages (Spanish, Italian, Portuguese) as well as English, since fifty per cent of current English vocabulary is derived from French.

 

10. The language of love and reason  First and foremost, learning French is the pleasure of learning a beautiful, rich, melodious language, often called the language of love. French is also an analytical language that structures thought and develops critical thinking, which is a valuable skill for discussions and negotiations.