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Château de Chambord
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FRENCH - Level 1

Michelle Pinkney —

Qualification: NCEA Level 1

Entry requirements: some previous study of French; or on application to the HOD.

Content/Skills: 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. This course covers the topics of travel, holidays, leisure and health. The focus is on practical communicative skills in authentic situations as well as cultural background.

All language skills: reading, listening, writing and speaking are fully developed. In language work, the focus is on revising and extending structures and vocabulary. 

A school trip to France has traditionally been organised every second year; a group travelled to France in September 2018 and we have welcomed French students from our exchange school too. Our relationship with our exchange partner school in Strasbourg remains strong allowing for authentic correspondence and contact with French students. 

In addition to developing a lifelong ability to communicate with people from other countries and backgrounds, other benefits (to language learning) include improved overall school performance and superior problem-solving skills. (Bamford & Mizokawa 1991; Hakuta 1986)

Field Trips:  University NCEA workshop, French Film Festival, Cultural experiences (Maison De Crêpes)

Strasbourg Exchange — Image by: Mary Stanley, Kate May

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 and and subscription to an online textbook and activities ($15).

Assessment: 4 Achievement Standards at Level 1- a maximum of 19 credits

2 Internal Achievement Standards; a written portfolio of two short texts (5 credits) and a spoken presentation (4 credits).

2 External Achievement Standards: listening comprehension (5 credits), reading comprehension (5 credits)

For further information see Mrs Pinkney.