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French

With over 45 different nationalities at Marymount, we recognise first-hand the importance of language development as as way of successfully integrating into a different culture. We therefore believe that all our students should be given the opportunity to speak the language of their host country and develop a love for foreign language. French classes are designed to motivate students to learn through a fun and highly interactive curriculum. Our dedicated team of FLE educators delivers a high-quality learning experience that takes full advantage of our proximity to the treasures of Paris and the rich diversity of France’s historical and cultural heritage. French is also encouraged and heard in all areas of school life, from drama and sports to music and playground chatter!

Marymount students have daily French lessons of varying lengths. Each grade is usually divided into four levels, Beginner, Intermediate 1, Intermediate 2, Francophone, depending on the level of each student. FLE (Français Langue Etrangere) materials and methods are used, with an emphasis on developing oral skills, combined with a contextual consolidation of grammar and vocabulary and cultural immersion.

Building the confidence and self-esteem of each student and inspiring an appreciation of foreign language acquisition is at the heart of our teaching approach. Students are assessed on a regular basis and do not take French exams.

Activities include:

  • Role-play
  • Games and oral presentation on various themes (music, art, literature, history, etc.)
  • Exploration of French literature and poetry
  • The incorporation and use of French language in cross-curricular activities such as art, drama or sports
  • Field trips to increase cultural understanding including visits to the cinema, theater, museums and local historical and cultural monuments

Marymount International School, Paris has developed very strong links with the local community. The French department hosts cultural events and invites speakers throughout the year. Regular visits to Paris for students at all levels are organized so that they have a firm understanding and appreciation of the language, history and culture of their host country. Field trips to other parts of France are designed to enhance and enrich the learning experience and incorporate elements across the entire curriculum.

Beginner French

Students are taught the basics of the French language in order to enable them to feel more confident and “at home“. Emphasis is on oral skills and class discussion and participation. Students are mainly assessed according to their oral performance.

Students:

  • Learn when and how to use basic greetings
  • Learn farewells and expressions of courtesy
  • Express likes and dislikes
  • Request assistance or ask for information
  • Give descriptions and directions
  • Engage in questions and responses based on personal life such as family members, personal belongings, school and leisure activities
  • Tell the time
  • Describe the weather
  • Understand simple instructions such as classroom procedures

Intermediate French

Groups are divided into two levels (Group 2 and Group 3).

Group 2

Group 2 students extend their knowledge of the basics and focus on developing a deeper understanding of French grammar and verb conjugation to will enable them to participate in brief oral and written exchanges that reflect present as well as past and future time.

Students will:

  • Exchange concerning people and things, plans and events, feelings and emotions, direction and location,
  • Understand main ideas and identify essential details when reading and listening to French

Group 3

Group 3 students are expected to be more fluent, but French is still taught as a foreign language.

Students will:

  • Express own opinions, preferences and desires,
  • Use level-appropriate vocabulary and sentence structure to express ideas about topics and events, participate in sustained exchanges that reflect present, past and future time, exchange detailed information via conversations, notes, letters, book reports
  • Identify main ideas and pertinent details when reading or listening

Francophone Students

The Francophone group welcomes our French native students as well as those whose proficiency in French has allowed them to become bilingual. Students are mostly assessed in writing and use French methods and books.

Students will:

  • Express and support of personal opinions and elicit those of others
  • Exchange information from outside sources such as newspapers, articles, magazines, internet
  • Use a full range of level-appropriate vocabulary and sentence structure
  • Understand some subtleties of meaning
  • Discuss information obtained in and through media, entertainment and technology