"To learn a language is to have one more window from which to look at the world."

There are many advantages of children learning a foreign language. Most importantly, it is a wonderful opportunity for children to broaden their view of the world as well as providing them with a deeper understanding and respect for other cultures, people, their ideas and ways of thinking. Learning a language can also increase a child's self-confidence, self-esteem, resilience and tolerance and can provide them with fantastic opportunties in an increasingly globalised market.

Since the introduction of the new National Curriculum in 2014, learning a lanuage is now compulsory for all children in Key Stage 2. Children in Years 3-6 are taught French once a week through games, songs and fun activities. In addition, we feel that it is important for children in Key Stage 1 to be introduced to French and so they also learn basic songs, rhymes and games!

Children thoroughly enjoy their sessions with our specialist MFL teacher, Madame Kale who supports the teaching higher levels of French speaking and provides ongoing training to teachers following our involvment in the Erasmus program.  A number of teachers were involved and found that their confidence in French speaking and teaching grew enormously.  Be sure to say "Bonjour" to Mrs Burkey, Mrs Timm and Miss Raymond!  

If you would like to find out more about how French is taught at St Joseph's, please refer to our MFL policy.  

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