11 French

Course Description

Teacher in Charge: Miss T. Clarke

Recommended Prior Learning

Year 10 French or equivalent (A1 level on the Common European Framework for Languages).

Year 11 French

What do we do in Year 11 French?


  • take time to review and revise what we have learnt in Years 9 and 10.
  • learn how to talk about what we used to do, but no longer do.
  • learn to talk about what we will do in the future.
  • get closer to our French flowing like a native French speaker’s.
  • listen to iconic French songs and adverts and watch short videos from French children's TV programs.
  • have 25 weekly vocabulary lists that revise Year 9 and Year 10 vocabulary as well as contain new Year 11 vocabulary. This vocabulary is based on the NCEA official Level 1 List. By the end of the year, we will know over 750 French words really well.
  • regularly have conversations in French that will naturally flow and end up lasting for at least 5 minutes.
  • have our own, 8 course, French gastronomic meal – a meal that was added to UNESCO’s world heritage list in 2010.
  • participate in NaNoWriMo in November and write our own short book in French.
  • watch a film in French.
  • have the opportunity to sit the A2 DELF exam (official qualification awarded by the French Ministry of Education).
  • have “French Friday” where both students and teachers are only allowed to speak in French.
  • participate in Senior French students shared lunches.
  • and so much more.

In Year 11 French, we complete one NCEA standard, which is the Interaction Portfolio. Students record 3 to 5 conversations in French with someone in their class and about topics learnt in class. They then choose their best 2 conversations. Across the two interactions, they only have to speak for 3 minutes, however most students will have spoken for at least 6 minutes. These 2 chosen interactions are combined and form their Interaction Portfolio standard for which they gain 5 credits.

We also develop our reading, listening and writing skills. We use readings and listenings from our textbooks as well as past NCEA exams since they use the vocabulary that we are learning throughout the year. This also helps to familiarise students with the NCEA reading and listening style for NCEA Level 2. Students will regularly write in French in class as well as for school assessments. They will receive feedback in different forms: sometimes direct corrections and other times, they will be shown where their errors are and they will be given opportunities to correct them.

The topics we look at in Year 11:

- Who am I? – Introducing myself to penpals.

- My family, friends and relationships – who do I get along with? Why? How do I help someone with friendship issues?

- Free-time activities – what do I like to do in my free-time? What did I used to do in my free-time? How do I use technology? What type of food do I like? What household chores do I do?

- Healthy living – what do I do to stay in shape? What do I say if I’m in pain? Having a balanced diet. What is bad for your health?

- Home and New Zealand – describing where you live in detail and introducing New Zealand to visitors.

- Travelling – where will I visit in the future? What is there to see in these places?

- Studies and professions – what will I study next year? What do I hope to do in the future?

A Year 11 Interaction Example:

Learning Areas:


Assessment Policy & Procedures

12 French

After Year 11, you can continue to study French at Years 12 and 13. Years 12 and 13 enable you to become "fluent" in French. If you keep up with your vocabulary learning, you will start to be able to say everything you want to say in French. You may not know the best way of saying it, but you will know enough to find a way to say it.
Becoming fluent in French is an end in itself but it is also a stepping stone to learning other languages, an invaluable skill to support any career and it's that extra aspect that employers look for in their employees. It enables you to stand out from other candidates. Regardless of your intended career, French will open doors to exciting new opportunities that would not otherwise be available to you. Let's not forget that French is spoken in over 50 countries around the world.

Course Costs and Equipment/ Stationery requirements

Optional but highly recommended: $23 Education Perfect (Note: One charge for all languages).

Students must also purchase a 1B5 exercise book (approximately $2.00).

Throughout the year, students will have the opportunity to participate in cultural activities. These cost between $5 and $14 depending on the food that the student chooses.

Description Type Value
Education Perfect Voluntary $23.00

Pathway Tags

Travel and Tourism, Hotel industry, Business, Communications, Actor, Historian, Foreign Policy Officer, Teacher, Immigration Officer, Translator, Intelligence Officer, Interpreter, NGO, United Nations, Journalism, Medicine, Author, Nurse, Doctor, Engineering

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We aim to enable every student to have the course that they prefer, however, some courses have limited places or pre-requisits that may restrict the student's choice.