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Carrying learning French at Senior school after 7 years of it at junior school

Discussion in 'Independent' started by Princessdoucepie, Mar 20, 2020.

  1. Princessdoucepie

    Princessdoucepie New commenter

    Dear All,

    I hope you can provide me a bit of hope/suggestions/advice...
    I joined a great independent girls junior school last January as an MFL coordinator. After a meeting with my counterpart at the senior school, I realised that the majority of the girls drop French in favor of Spanish in Year 8. I realise this is a national trend. However, I find it a real shame that after learning it for over 7 years, they just drop the subject without any recognition/level. Also what is the point in my teaching it at all? The situation is such that this year, there are no French A levels being sat; and only a few girls carry it to GCSE.

    I am thinking of suggesting the following:
    1. Bringing French GCSEs forward in year 8/9: this means rewriting a more academic SOW for the junior school
    2. Bringing in the DELF exam to award the girls a level globally recognised.

    My questions to you are:
    1. Are you experiencing or have you experienced the same issues?
    2. What strategy have you used to remedy/ slow down the problem?

    Please do drop me a line, if you can think of anything. I would be very interested in reading your stories/opinion/advice.

    Many thanks,

  2. caterpillartobutterfly

    caterpillartobutterfly Star commenter

    If they have been studying French for 7 years in your prep, can you offer GCSE or similar at the end of year 6?
    Princessdoucepie likes this.

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