The French programme follows the CEF (Common European Framework) with our younger primary students working from A1.1 in the first Primary Years and following the table here below up to B1.2.
This level objective is similar to what students achieve at the end of the secondary level in a Swiss State School. Due to our students starting with French at 1st grade or even earlier, they playfully develop their French spoken and written language skills whilst equally developing enthusiasm and cultural knowledge of France, the French part of Switzerland and other French speaking countries.
French projects include for example:
- A special French project week is offered in October for the 1st to 3rd Projects such as a trip to a Swiss bilingual Canton, a French “patisserie” baking class, a trip to a Museum to see an exhibition of a known French artist are just a few examples.
- A French Camp week is offered in October for the 4th to 6th This will take place in either the French part of Switzerland or neighbouring France.
- Communication (letters/postcards/skype…) with a French speaking class.
To fully benefit from the French offer in our Primary School and also therefore to complete the full multilingual curriculum, we encourage the children to attend the Wednesday afternoon in French.
Differentiation is made within all French lessons for those children with French as one of their native languages. A French teacher and an assistant work together in all classes simultaneously, thus providing the opportunity to create smaller and more focused groups .