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French (option) - Year 10


The teacher in charge of this course is Mrs Pinkney.

Year 10 French uses the up to date Studio series with a variety of differentiated learning techniques including songs, games, French films and online activities. Students will develop their competence in the four language skills - listening, speaking, reading and writing - in a wide range of situations. By the end of the year, much of the language required for NCEA Level 1 has been covered; as a result, this course provides a very sound basis for NCEA Level 1 French.

Over a third of English words come from French and it still has an important influence on the English we speak today, so learning French will help to develop a student’s English literacy skills. The study of French also develops qualities of tolerance and cultural sensitivity while enabling students to appreciate more fully their own cultural identity and their own language. It is a subject well suited to all students regardless of their career intentions.

French is spoken on every continent in the world and is an official language of the United Nations, the European Union, The International Olympic Committee, The Red Cross and UNESCO.

Click here for 10 reasons to learn French.

Mastering the vocabulary of a second language enhances student comprehension and abilities in reading, writing, mathematics and other subjects. (Saville-Troike 1984)

We aim to teach students:

  • to understand and communicate with French speakers
  • to speak and write effectively
  • to think laterally and creatively
  • to employ strategies to problem solve
  • to meet intellectual challenges.

Some of the topics covered are:

  • Paris
  • where you live
  • sport and interests
  • holidays
  • French food and culture
  • the French-speaking world

Course Costs: Please be aware that this course has associated costs. By selecting this course you will be requested to make contributions connected to its delivery. These costs are: a subscription to Education Perfect, a fun, online vocabulary learning website and a subscription to the digitial text book and related online activities ($15). There are stationery costs associated with this course.