The study of a modern language is a highly valuable experience. San Clemente offers French, to enable students to view life and the world through the medium of other languages and cultures. We begin to see world problems and life situations through other people's eyes. The study of French in Stage Four introduces students to the skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing in the languag as well as exploring aspects of the cultural life of the people. Proficiency in a language means more than just the ability to use the language - it also requires an understanding of cultural factors. French is available as an elective in Stage Five.

The course is divided into two areas:

  • Study of the language.
  • Study of the country, people and customs.

The language

The main focus in learning a language involves the development of four skills:





Students will learn how to communicate in a variety of situations, engage in conversations, comprehend both written and oral forms and express themselves in written form.  Students will gain a clearer understanding of English as well, as English grammar is constantly reinforced. A Language is an ACTIVE subject.  There is a great deal of opportunity for conversation, role-plays, games, singing etc.

The culture

Each language topic has a cultural aspect, through which students will gain an overall view of the country and an understanding of the lives of the people.


Students participate in a variety of excursions, depending on availability and course costs. These can include a meal in a restaurant, museum and art gallery exhibitions, and other cultural activities. Opportunities are also available for students to participate in verse speaking and speech competitions.

Language falls under the leadership of the


Creative and Performing Arts Leader of Learning

Kate James 2021


Kate James

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