French

French – D and C

Academic Department Details

Department:Department of Modern Foreign Languages

Subject:French

Course Content

D Form

  • Bonjour – Greetings and salutations
  • Alphabets and numbers
  • Class vocabulary
  • J’habite ici – Describing places
  • Days and months of the year
  • Home and family
  • Describing animals
  • Holidays and festivals

C Form

  • Weather, clothes and activities
  • Places in a town
  • School and a scholastic day
  • Food and drinks
  • Sports and music
  • Hobbies and leisure time activities

Learning Objectives

  • Linking of languages with another culture
  • Appreciation of different points of view in different cultures
  • Develop intercultural understanding
  • Promote tolerance of other cultures, a must in the youth of today
  • Helping them appreciate art, literature, cinema and music in other cultures

Skills Acquired by Students

Students get an introduction to the language at the initial stages. They learn a wide range of vocabulary and basic grammatical structures. The skills developed are:

  • Interactive skills – Students learn to converse a basic conversation in the target language. They can ask questions and reply.
  • Productive skills – They are able to describe their houses, their families and pets, their activities and their school and daily routines.
  • Research skills – Students are able to search for stories and vocabulary on the net and in other books and dictionaries.
  • Receptive skills – They can understand basic instructions in the class and do listening comprehension exercises on the done topic.

General Comments

At this beginning stage the students have a marked excitement for new languages, they have less burden of other subjects and have rapid processing in their brains in the linguistic seat and what they learn now, they can use it later for higher skills. Learning a foreign language also gives them a deeper understanding of their own language and develops linguistic skills and finesse which is a lifelong utility. More and more students should be encouraged to learn a foreign language at this stage. The English language has borrowed heavily from the French vocabulary; hence the students make the connections easily, and this is useful in their careers as well.

Modern Foreign Languages – French – S and SC

Academic Department Details

Department:Department of Modern Foreign Languages

Subject:French

Curriculum::IB

Course Content

S Form

  • Personal information
  • Appearance and character
  • Personal relations
  • Daily routine and habits
  • Education
  • Health and fitness
  • Sports
  • Careers

SC Form

  • Vacations
  • Transport
  • Towns and neighbourhood
  • Weather
  • Physical geography
  • World problems
  • Environmental issues
  • Media
  • Technology

Learning Objectives

  • Linking of languages with another culture
  • Appreciation of different points of view in different cultures
  • Develop intercultural understanding
  • Promote tolerance of other cultures, a must in the youth of today
  • Helping them appreciate art, literature, cinema and music in other cultures
  • Understanding the role of languages in other fields of knowledge
  • Allow the students to use the learnt language in different contexts and diverse means

General Comments

For the IB ab initio course, the students begin from the start, and most of them are total beginners, and hence cover a wide range of topics. They have to focus on grammar and vocabulary, but learning a language in IB is not only restricted to grammar and vocabulary. The student now is an interactive individual with his social environment. While learning a language, he also discovers an associated culture. The socio-cultural components of the language consists of, in a vast majority, communication skills. Intercultural understanding is the primary objective of learning a language, and they promote tolerance and positive behaviour.