Welcome to the French Department at Newtownhamilton High School.
French is a fun and interesting subject where you will not only have the opportunity to learn another language, but much more about the country, culture, food and people of France and the many other French speaking countries! In addition to learning another language, you will develop a wide range of skills and capabilities including literacy, creativity and the ability to communicate and listen well!
In Newtownhamilton High School, French is taught to all pupils in Year 8 - 10 while the subject is optional at Key Stage 4.
Why study French?
To develop language skills in a variety of contexts.
In today’s multicultural society, being able to speak one or more languages provides students with a wealth of
opportunities and benefits.
New worlds are opened up when learning languages. Whether it is to get the most out of foreign travel, hobbies, interests or career development, immersion in the culture and language of another country or region helps our understanding of the world around us.
Moreover, learning another language will greatly enrich your life, both culturally and socially!
Key Stage 3 - 3 periods a week
Key Stage 4 (GCSE) - 4 periods a week
Key Stage 3
• Self, family and friends
• Home life and daily routine
• Hobbies and interests
• Part time jobs and careers
• Weather, towns and environment
• Travel and holidays
Key Stage 4 (GCSE AQA Specification 8658)
1. Identity and culture
Me, my family and friends
Technology in everyday life
Customs and Festivals
2. Local, national, international and global areas of interest
Home, town, neighbourhood and region
Travel and tourism
3. Current and future study and employment
Life at school
Jobs, career choices, ambitions
Further Education/Employment Opportunities
With competition for University places at an all time high many courses are asking that applicants have a GCSE in a Modern Language, so having your GCSE in French could be a factor in you gaining a place on your preferred course at University!
Recent surveys show that language graduates are less likely to be unemployed than those in other disciplines.
Today's global economy means that businesses and corporations all over the world are keen to recruit people with language skills.
Employers not only value an employee's ability to communicate in another language, but also the excellent communication and interpersonal skills language students develop during their studies.
Young people with language skills are also finding opportunities in other industries such as, tourism, government, marketing, IT, journalism, engineering and the financial services.
Career Possibilities - Where could my knowledge of French possibly take me?