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French Language Learning at LCIS

16 October 2014

French is the second most frequently taught language in the world, after English. It is spoken on 5 continents and is an official working language of countless non-governmental organisations including NATO, UNESCO and the International Red Cross. It is also the language of the region where we live, and the ability to speak French, or at least ‘have a go’ is fundamental to an integration and participation of our students, their parents and our teachers in everyday life here in Switzerland.

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At LCIS we have two established French programmes; 'French as a Foreign Language' and 'French as a First Language' course. Both strive to meet the needs of our students who have diverse language experiences and aspirations. Our growing French department consists of experienced, qualified teachers of both programmes.
We offer FLE (Français Langue Etrangère) courses in our Primary and Secondary school for many different levels, ranging from beginner, to intermediate and advanced. Alongside these courses we encourage and enable our students from 11 years old to take a series of DELF examinations. The ‘DELF’ is the official language diploma awarded by the French Ministry of National Education and is recognised around the world.

Our French as a First Language programme, which was initiated in our Secondary school in 2012, is in direct response to a market need of francophone families who are increasingly seeking an international education in English for their children whilst maintaining their studies of French language and literacy. From this academic year, we offer the French First Language course from Primary class 3 (7 years old), to DP (18 years old). The course follows the objectives of the French curriculum, with specific emphasis on reading, writing and grammar. In our secondary school, the content of the course is consistent with the MYP curriculum whilst also referring to the French National Curriculum.

The school’s High Performance Learning approach extends to the French classes, as teachers raise expectations, challenge their students and encourage meaningful language and literacy learning. In order to further differentiate the language teaching and learning, in some of our classes, a French language assistant works alongside the teacher to extend and challenge the students.