The British School of Monaco believes that learning French will provide a valuable educational, social and cultural experience for all students.
Students develop communication and literacy skills that lay the foundation for future language learning. They develop linguistic competence, extend their knowledge of how language works and explore differences and similarities between French and English.
We believe that language is at the heart of all learning. It is how information is received and communicated from the earliest stages of our development. Therefore, learning a language helps develop the understanding of the many purposes for which language is used.
At the British School of Monaco, we are committed to the provision of French language learning, beginning in the lower primary years and developing throughout our students’ journey.
English is the language of instruction throughout the school in all subjects. French language classes are compulsory from Year 1 to Year 6. Students in each year group are placed into two groups: a native French speaker group and a non-native French speaker and the learning is planned to meet the needs of each of these distinct groups.
On admission to the school parents/guardians are asked to state which group would be best suited for their child’s needs. Teachers conduct baseline assessments in September to identify students’ language proficiency levels and the results of these assessments will help teachers differentiate the learning.
Alongside speaking and listening, reading, writing and vocabulary development, it is one of our priorities to encourage rich French literature and language in our school. Opportunities to speak French outside of the classroom are encouraged, so children become immersed in the language. Participation in key events like poetry recitations, participation in assembly and attendance at French club are also encouraged.