In the Early Years, the focus is on sounds and gradually evolves towards reading and writing. With time, the girls retain vocabulary and gain confidence in making their own statements. They enjoy being able to communicate purposefully. The first time they realise they are able to do so is always very exciting! They understand and communicate ideas, facts and feelings in speech and writing, focused on familiar and routine matters, using their knowledge of phonology, grammatical structures and vocabulary. As their knowledge of grammar improves, so do communication and autonomy. Forms IV, V and VI have a recorded assessment at least four times a year and are able to share their achievements at home.
In the Pre-prep, the girls learning focuses primarily on sounds through listening and singing.
From an early stage they engage in simple conversations and learn to use sentences to ask for help and communicate within the classroom. They ask and answer questions and express opinions.
As the years go by, they are able to extend their conversations and write and talk about themselves, their home, family, and their school life. They are also exposed to the French culture through a residential visit to France in Form VI, workshops, films, stories, songs and rhymes.
The girls understand new words that are introduced into familiar written material, including through using a dictionary. They write phrases from memory, and adapt these to create new sentences, to express ideas clearly. They understand basic grammar appropriate to the language being studied and are encouraged to be precise.
Mandarin lessons are provided by the Link Chinese Academy in after school clubs.
Mme N. Campbell
Head of Modern Foreign Languages