Teaching Languages

Whole school approach to the ML/the ML & other curricular areas:

At this stage French is very much a part of our school and is integrated into the classroom – a very successful cross-curricular part of the 5th & 6th school programme.  French can be seen on our notice-boards, classroom & office doors and has been integrated into many other subjects including Geography, History, English, Irish, P.E. and Music.  The Class-teacher and Visiting Teacher meet regularly to ensure other curricular areas run in conjunction and complimentary to the French Programme.

Items in the classroom are labelled in three languages, English/Irish/French and there are also other signs visible throughout the wider school community. Our Green School notices also include French.  It is traditional to include some French Carols in our School Christmas Carol Service and all cards created in the 5th & 6th room carry the appropriate message home in English/Irish/French. One of the most popular games in the Senior Room is “Les Boules” culminating in a much anticipated Boules League at Easter. In the 5th & 6th classroom there is a designated area for French displays and books. There is also a storage area set aside specifically for French class folders, projects and La Bibliotheque Francaise. The continuity of French in Secondary Schools is very high among our students.

The ML and the Wider Community:

French has become very much a part of our school and the younger students look forward to participating in the programme when they reach 5th class. We have played host to a visiting teacher from Montpellier who stayed with our Visiting Teacher in her home and took classes here in the school. Parents involvement is also encouraged through the creation of art work & projects in French class and they also receive individual report on their child’s progress over the year. At the end of the French programme in June the Visiting teacher organises “An Awards Day” for the participants in the programme. The classroom is decorated in all things French for the event and the Principal participates in the presentation of various certificates and prizes ranging from “best project, “best speller”, to “best overall language student,” etc. The children also have the opportunity to visit the other classes in the school and introduce themselves and any chosen topics “en francaise.” All projects and artwork are regularly on display in the classroom and hallways.

Submitted by: Yvonne McDonald.