About this Course
The Year 10 French program is designed to instil confidence and to promote a positive attitude to language learning by developing the student’s ability in the four language skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing. It also aims to increase the student’s knowledge and appreciation of the diverse aspects of the culture of the language and heighten their awareness of language – both native and foreign. Students’ increase their ability to communicate by refining and improving their communication and interpretive skills in a variety of situations.
There is a greater focus on developing writing skills with more grammar study in preparation for VCE. Students are encouraged to make use of opportunities for immersion experiences in French speaking environments such as those on offer such as Languages camps, study tours to New Caledonia and French exchange programs. A blended learning approach is taken, combining classroom delivery of content and instruction with computer-mediated activities to enhance the language learning experience. Preparation for formal examinations in all four language skills’ areas is an important component of the program.
Some of the topics explored to provide a context for studying French include school life and relationships, health and wellbeing as well as travel and culture in the francophone world.
By the end of Level 10, students have further developed their ability to communicate in a range of settings and for a range of purposes, accessing and exchanging information on a broad range of social, cultural, and youth-related issues. They are able to initiate conversations and discussions and provide feedback and encouragement to others.
Areas of Study
– Language skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing in a variety of authentic contexts with the goal of enabling students to use French effectively and appropriately.
– Intercultural understanding: students look at differences between, and features of, their own culture in comparison with the francophone world and gain an increased awareness of their own individuality and their place within the wider community.
– Grammar and structure: which can help to reinforce the study and understanding of English and enable students to become effective communicators both verbally and in the written form.
- Speaking tasks involving roleplays, interviews and general conversations
- Written tasks based on different topics of study and that build on familiar vocabulary with new expressions, grammar and structures.
- Listening tasks that use native speakers in contextualised situations.
- Reading and grammar tasks that improve understanding through building vocabulary and understanding of language structure and syntax.
- Semester examinations