9 French

Course Description

Teacher in Charge: Miss T. Clarke

Recommended Prior Learning

No prior knowledge of French is necessary. We start from the very beginning. However if you have learnt French before, you won't be bored! We expand on the basics you will have learnt in intermediate and you will be impressed by how much you will be able to say by the end of Year 9. As mentioned above, if you have learnt French for more than 2 years, please contact Miss T. Clarke to discuss options.

France Country Profile - National Geographic Kids

French is...

...the official language of the closest country to New Zealand (New Caledonia - only 2.5 hours away!)

...spoken by over 55,000 people in NZ, making it the 6th most widely spoken language in NZ

...the official language in 59 nations around the world

...the 4th most used language on the internet
...the 2nd most-used language in diplomacy

...the 3rd most used language in business

...the 5th most spoken language in the world
...spoken by 300 million people worldwide

...one of two languages that is on every continent...

Information taken from https://www.diplomatie.gouv.fr/en/french-foreign-policy/francophony-and-the-french-language/the-french-language-in-figures/ and the 2018 NZ Census data

In Year 9 French at EGGS, we learn a lot, grow our brain, establish the foundations to become fluent by Year 13, try French food, listen to French music, try out authentic French games, learn about the culture, have a lot of fun and much more.

Our team of French teachers have a breadth of experience with the French language, some having grown up in France with others having studied at university in France. Every year, we have a French language assistant who speaks French with the students and helps them practise having a conversation in French at the appropriate level.

Year 9 French Topics

Me, my family, my classroom

My likes and my dislikes

Describing myself and other people

My school life

Food (we have a French breakfast too!)

My hobbies and when I do them

My town - what's in it and what you can do

This course caters for students who have never learnt French before and for students who started French in Intermediate. If you have studied French for longer than 2 years, we have various options available. Please contact Miss T. Clarke to help find the best option for you.

In Year 9 French, students have the opportunity to participate in many different activities, including but not limited to:

  • Fortnightly two-on-one time with our French language assistant

  • French immersion day with French students from all year levels

  • French breakfast with French pastries and hot chocolate (in France, we have hot chocolate in a bowl at breakfast time!)

  • Auckland Junior French Speech Competition

  • Buying a crêpe in French from an authentic crêperie

Example of an end of Year 9 Speaking

(have a look at the other French pages to see this student's progress over the years and see what you will be able to do in 5 years!)

Learning Areas:

Year 9 Option Selection - Full Year Courses, Languages

Assessment Policy & Procedures

10 French

You can take French all the way from Year 9 until Year 13, by which point, you can consider yourself "fluent".
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 for languages.

We have different cultural activities throughout the year, but as an indication, the French breakfast is also approximately $5.00 and the crêpes cost between $5.00 and $10.00 depending on which crêpe is wanted. Both of these are optional.

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

Description Type Value
French Breakfast Optional $5.00
Education Perfect Voluntary $23.00

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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.