French could be said to be the backbone of the great variety of languages which flourish at JAGS; it is the path along which most girls first come to the principles of language learning, including grammar.
Halfway through Year 7 girls choose their second modern language from German, Italian, Russian and Spanish which they will start in Year 8.
We aim to make French enjoyable by every means at our disposal! While a good command of grammar, accuracy and vocabulary is central to a girl's ability to manipulate the language, creativity and imagination are also emphasised. We also recognize the importance of using new technologies in our lessons, and girls enjoy studying in our language laboratory.
Movies and songs play an important support role at all levels: it brings France, la Francophonie and French culture directly into the classroom, providing another dimension and stimulating discussion in French.
The A level French course allows students to take their command of language to a new level as they examine topical issues, current affairs and cultural topics. French literature and other cultural aspects are studied in more depth in Year 13, which provide our pupils with both a source of intellectual challenge and much enjoyment. We believe that studying outstanding examples of French writing, from Sartre, Camus, Sagan and Mauriac through to François Truffaut's films and "La Haine" by Mathieu
Kassovitz is thought-provoking and teaches critical analysis. It also lifts the course into a different dimension in addition to the socio-political topics studied in the language units. We are also delighted that several of our A level students each year choose to continue their French studies at university and many of them spend their gap year doing the Sorbonne language course, enjoying work experience or doing the skiing season in a Francophone country.