JCoSS students learn how to communicate in French from the beginning of Year 7. French is spoken for most part of the lesson and speaking is highly encouraged. In addition, students learn a range of skills such as listening, understanding the world around us and literacy which they use in other areas of the curriculum.
Students learn through activities such as games, songs, films and role plays. They are taught by native speakers as well as non-native speakers. The French department is well resourced and uses authentic materials as much as possible. Students have the opportunity to visit France in Year 10 to practise French in real situations.
In year 7, 8 and 9, students build a secure base which will enable them to strive at GCSE. They cover a variety of topics from talking about themselves, their family, their town and hobbies to debating about the uniform or world issues. They use the skills and vocabulary to date in assessments which includes: Listening, Reading, Speaking and Writing.