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J J Cahill Memorial High School

J J Cahill Memorial High School

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There are over 270 million French speakers worldwide.

Whether you’re interested in travelling and communicating in one of the 29 countries that has French as its official language, or enjoying French cinema without needing the sub-titles, French is one of the most useful and beautiful languages to learn today.

Stage 5 French (100 hours)

The 100-hour course is for Year 9 and 10 students who have not studied French before. The students will gain an elementary knowledge of French through their work with the course materials and immersive lessons for speaking practice. Students will develop insights into the culture of French speaking countries through their project-based learning.

Stage 6 French

In Years 11 and 12, JJ Cahill Memorial High School offers courses catering for beginning students to background speakers, these include:

French Beginners

2 units for each of Year 11 Preliminary and Year 12 HSC (Board Developed Course)

Please note eligibility rules apply to the study of this subject. Check with your teacher or refer to NESA Languages courses Eligibility Criteria

This course provides students with the opportunity to develop their linguistic and intercultural knowledge and understanding, and the speaking, listening, reading and writing skills to communicate in French Topics covered provide contexts in which students develop their communication skills in French and their knowledge and understanding of language and culture.

Main Topics Covered:

  • Family life, home and neighbourhood
  • People, places and communities
  • Education and work
  • Friends, recreation and pastimes
  • Holidays, travel and tourism
  • Future plans and aspirations

French Continuers 

2 units for each of Preliminary and HSC (Board Developed Course)

Prerequisites:  200-400 hours study of the language or equivalent knowledge is assumed.

This course provides opportunities for students to develop their skills and knowledge of French. Through tasks associated with a range of texts and text types, students gain an insight into the culture and language of French-speaking communities through the study of a range of texts.

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