12 French

Course Description

Teacher in Charge: Miss T. Clarke

Recommended Prior Learning

Year 11 French or equivalent (A2 level on the Common European Framework for Languages). 

Year 12 French

In Year 12, we…

  • read an authentic French book.
  • become “fluent” by the end of the year (as long as we complete our homework): we are able to say anything we want to say in French. We might not know the best way of saying it or the correct word, but we know enough French to be able to find a way to communicate what we want to.
  • learn to talk about what we would or wouldn’t do and what we would have or wouldn’t have done.
  • learn to describe what we had done a long time ago in the past.
  • do a crash course on the history of France using an authentic French book.
  • continue with French Fridays.
  • listen to many of the French songs that all French people can sing along to.
  • get to know tourist sites around France and the French-speaking world.
  • learn about French Polynesia through authentic books and a documentary.
  • have 20 weekly vocabulary lists where we will learn approximately an extra 500 words, therefore growing our French vocabulary to over 1250 words. As usual, this is done through Education Perfect or Quizlet and weekly vocabulary tests.
  • have the opportunity to take the B1 DELF exam. B1 is the level required to become a French citizen. We can take B1 in Year 12 or Year 13.
  • continue to participate in the French senior shared lunches.
  • watch a French film that French people cherish.
  • lead a group during French immersion day.
  • can participate in the French Senior Interschool Quiz night.
  • and so much more.

We cover the following topics in Year 12:

- Le Petit Nicolas - a collection of short stories.

- Francophone Music - the iconic songs and famous singers of each decade from the 1920s until now.

- French Polynesia - short stories, its beauty, its culture, the connection between France and French Polynesia.

- French History - from 23000 BC to now.

- Cultural Heritage - important tourist sites in the French-speaking world and in New Zealand, intangible cultural heritage, the differences between the two cultures.

Example of a Year 12 Interaction:


Writing: Students compile a portfolio throughout the year. They will write 3 texts under test conditions in class and over several periods. The teacher will give them a grade based on their draft and a couple of guiding comments. Students then have until mid-Term 3 to improve their writings. They choose their best 2 and they receive 5 credits in total for this assessment.

Speaking: Just like in Year 11, students will complete an interaction portfolio. They will carry out 3 to 4 interactions and choose their best two. Students are only expected to talk for four minutes across both interactions, but at Year 12 level, students' French ability and interest in the topics mean that their interactions generally end up lasting over 15 minutes each. This is however not a requirement of the assessment.

Listening: This is an external assessment, sat as an exam in November. Students hear 3 passages, three times each. They write or type their notes in any language they want and they answer questions in English based on what they hear. Students are expected to use as much of the passages as possible in their answers as well as make connections between the ideas in the passages. The listening passages can only include vocabulary from the official NZQA Level 1 and Level 2 vocabulary lists. We will have learnt these in great detail over Year 11 and Year 12.

Reading: This is an external assessment, sat as an exam in November. Students read 3 texts and answer questions in English based on these texts. Students are expected to include as much of the texts as possible in their answers as well as make connections between the ideas in each text. The reading texts can only include vocabulary from the official NZQA Level 1 and Level 2 vocabulary lists. We will have learnt these in great detail over Year 11 and Year 12. 

Learning Areas:


Assessment Policy & Procedures

13 French

After Year 12, you can continue to study French at Year 13 and at university as a major, a minor, an elective, a certificate or a diploma combined with any degree. 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

Education Perfect: $23. Our online vocabulary learning tool, is optional, but highly recommended. This is one charge for all languages.

Renash Level 2: $22. This is a book that contains vocabulary and grammar that links to the Year 12 programme. It is a useful tool during writing assessments. This is optional, but recommended.

Description Type Value
Renash Level 2 Voluntary $22.00
Education Perfect Voluntary $23.00

Pathway Tags

Travel and Tourism, Business, Communications, Actor, Historian, Foreign Policy Officer, Teacher, Immigration Officer, Translator, Intelligence Officer, Interpreter, NGO, United Nations, Journalism, Historian, Flight Attendant, Technical Writer, Editor, Medical, Author, Engineering, Doctor, Nurse

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