Head of Department - Madame Virginie Salin
At Trinity we are passionate about French. We believe it is fun, interesting and exciting to learn! The department is fully equipped with its own library, médiatheque, interactive learning software and all French students have regular access to a state of the art 26-PC Digital Language Laboratory. From September 2014, pupils who learn French will be able to use mobile technology in the classroom and thus enhance their learning experience whilst creating something unique. We have 4 members of staff, and a full-time French assistant. Students attend 3 periods of French per week at KS3, rising to 4 periods per week at KS4 (contact time with the Assistant is included in these 4 weekly periods (one conversation class approx. every 2 weeks). Sixth Formers attend 8 timetabled periods per week as well as a weekly conversation lesson. We are following the Edexcel IGCSE course which, in the Fourth and Fifth Years builds the bridge between gaining a basic understanding of the language in the Lower School and in-depth study at AS and A level. The aim is to equip students with language skills that are highly sought after in an ever-changing job market, but at the same time to give them an understanding of different cultures and life-styles. European languages, therefore, play an integral part in the personal development of students by helping them to build self-confidence in dealing with a wide variety of topics of the modern world.
« C’est une belle langue à qui sait la défendre.
The Department offers the opportunity for each student at every level of the school to participate in regular trips, visits and homestay programmes. We offer every year work experience at the French Institute to some of our Fifth formers and have a regular programme of visiting speakers such as the French Vice-Consul who came to give a talk on French citizenship, the Europe editor of the Times, the manager of luxury goods from Harrods or the marketing manager from EDF in London who is coming soon to talk about renewable and nuclear energies to our KS4 and KS5 students. We also run weekly clubs. Trinity’s Senior French Society is open to all in the Fifth Form and above and is student run. We watch films, discuss current affairs, listen to and give presentations in French and English on a wide range of topics. We also run a French football club for KS3 students during which we play football while interacting totally in French. Sport plays an important part in the life of the school and we try to integrate as many aspects of sport as possible in and out of lessons. For example we recently took some students to Paris for a study trip and watched Toulon v Stade français at the Stade de France. Next October we will be taking older pupils to watch Monaco playing whilst our on study trip in Nice. For younger years, we run an annual trip to Paris that includes a day at Eurodisney. We also organise field days where we visit places of interest linked to France, for example a treasure hunt in South Kensington, cheese tasting sessions, chocolate making with a French “chocolatière”