Junior Paulines study French because of the strong historical and cultural ties which exist between the nations of England and France. They learn the basic structure of the language, develop their listening, reading and memory skills and improve the accuracy of their speaking and writing. By the end of their time at St Paul's Juniors, boys have laid excellent foundations for the study of any of the many modern foreign languages offered at St Paul’s.
Three full-time French teachers and one native assistant encourage the boys to develop their language skills and improve their fluency. Conversation clubs, occasionally assisted by bilingual Paulines further enhance articulacy and expression.
In the early Junior Pauline years we focus on oral work and learning is based around fun games and activities. From the Lower Second to Upper Third Years (Years 5 to 8), boys learn the language more formally. They build up a wide vocabulary which allows them to communicate with greater spontaneity and independence. ICT is fully integrated into the curriculum and boys have the use of a virtual language laboratory. Highlights in the calendar include a French play, cultural visit and the “petit déjeuner français”.
French Staff Members