Language - French

Learning French is a rewarding and challenging experience which encourages improved literacy, analytical thinking and cultural awareness. Merci beaucoup to les etudiants et les familles for their support in bridging school – home communication and sharing resources and information over the past 12 months.

The four components of a language programme are the vocabulary, the culture, the geography and the history of that language/country. We aim to develop all four components in our introductory language programme. From the heights of La Tour Eiffel to simple sentence structures such as c'est moi et ce sont mes amis (this is me and these are my friends), to revising counting to ten and twenty with games and some simple written algorithms, to revising oral greetings and simple questions and answers, to comparing two national capital cities our work at the beginning of this term is diverse and engaging.

While exploring the language and culture of the French language, the children will develop a greater understanding of their own language. As early as Kindergarten, this includes the skills of greetings, basic conversation, identifying colours, numbers, the calendar and French culture. For older students, deciphering word meanings and their origins, and actively increasing vocabulary is taught. Our resources and learning activities are carefully chosen to engage the children with a wide range of interests and abilities.

Students from K to 6 complete a French lesson each week. The French course is also greatly enhanced by regular opportunities to participate in the French language throughout every school day as well as food-tasting, cooking and celebration days.

We have a strong connection with Alliance Française de Canberra in O'Connor. Click on the link to access this site: Alliance Française de Canberra (


For your interest

A great number of words of French origin have entered the English language. Most of the French vocabulary now appearing in English was imported over the centuries following the Norman Conquest of 1066. According to different sources, around 30% of all English words have a French origin. Here are just a few…

Artist, Biscuit, Café, Class, Dance, Expert, Foyer, Giraffe, Harmony, Imagination, Joy, Kiosk, Lounge, Magic, Nice, Origin, Poem, Question, Restaurant, Science, Table, Unique, Volunteer, Wardrobe, Zigzag.