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Welcome to French

"Avoir une autre langue, c'est posseder une deuxieme ame"

- Charlemagne




The Modern Foreign Language team aim to:

  • Broaden students' horizons to accept that our society/culture is not the only one and to consider the importance and relevance of other societies. We aim to develop a positive attitude to diversity within the British Isles, the European Community and the wider world.
  • Develop students' communicative skills and give them an awareness of the nature of language and to boost their literacy skills.
  • Give students a feeling of success with small, structured activities and thus to develop self-confidence.
  • Help students to achieve skills and qualifications that will be of benefit when looking for employment, or that will enable them to study further.
  • Have a positive learning environment in classrooms, recognising different learning styles so that all students can achieve to the best of their ability.
  • Enable students to develop personalised learning and thinking skills such as memorising, analysis, communication and research.
  • Provide students with opportunities to visit the target language country through exchange programmes with our partner school in Arques, France to develop their language skills and communicate with people from another country.

Subject Staff:

  • Miss F Cripps 
  • Mr M Donas Salinas 
  • Mrs F Knowles   
  • Mrs D Hall
  • Miss F Tavoni
  • Miss L Mayman


Key Stage 3:

In Year 7 dual linguist students can also study French and will have 2 lessons per fortnight, as well as their Spanish lessons. The course content comprises units about the local area and weather, school life, holidays and free time activities. We cover simple tenses, expressing opinions and justifying responses, adjective position and agreement and prepositions of place.

The lessons are supported by a vast range of in-house and bought in additional materials. We are constantly updating topical and ICT resources and we endeavour to use as many authentic resources from France and French speaking countries as possible.

The Year 7 course content includes describing yourself and others, school life, leisure time, house and home life. We cover present and simple future tenses, nouns (gender and plurals), adjective position and agreement, prepositions of place, possessive adjectives, expressing opinions and justifying responses.

The Year 8 course covers a range of topics including food and drink, the Battle of Hastings and the History of Long Eaton. We extend and deepen grammar introduced in Year 7, also building up students' knowledge of key tenses and expressing opinions.

Key Stage 4:

In Years 9, 10 and 11, we follow the AQA Exam board covering: Personal Information, Sports and Leisure, Education, Work and Employment, Future Plans, Media and Culture, Travel and Tourism at Home and Abroad. All students have 4 lessons per fortnight.

Key Stage 5:

In Year 12 and 13, pupils are able to build on knowledge and skills gained at GCSE through studying for an A Level French. The aim of the course is to:

  • Prepare students for study at University
  • Deepen understanding of grammar and syntax
  • Enhance written and verbal communication skills, especially expressing considered opinions
  • Facilitate foreign travel
  • Enhance employment prospects
  • Provide and insight into another culture
  • Deepen understanding of world/social issues
  • Wide-ranging, topical subject content and variety

At The Long Eaton School we follow the AQA exam board. All units are covered in the context of the target language and comparisons are made between the situation in Britain and Francophone culture.


The Modern Foreign Languages Department comprises of 5 classrooms with projectors and interactive whiteboards. Two of the language rooms have 30 laptops each. We use interactive software and specialist language websites.


The Clubs

The Modern Foreign Languages Department also offers French GCSE clinic for Key Stage 4 students on Thursdays after school for class and homework catch-up.

French Trips

The department believes that it is vital that students learning a foreign language spend some time in the target country. We feel this is an important part of the 'languages experience', one which makes the learning process come alive.

  • We have an ongoing link with a school in Arques, Northern France. Our Year 9 and 10 students had the opportunity to take part in an exchange in the Spring Term, spending one week in Arques. Recent visits have included trips to the trenches in Northern France to the City of Lille. We also hosted our French exchange partners in April where we took our French friends to experience the sights of York and London.

Here is the link to the French exchange site created by our partner school Coll├Ęge Pierre Mendes d'Arques. There are photos from our adventures in England and France!

Please follow the links for French GCSE Listening tips and Guide to French GCSE