Why study French?
French and English are closely related. A high proportion of English words are of French origin and the
learning of French lends itself to the extensive range of a student’s vocabulary and structural
knowledge of English. Both French and English belong to the Indo-European family of languages.
French is linguistically close to English, making it a very “learnable” language.
A proficiency in French gives access to the living and working language of hundreds of millions of
people around the world and is the first or second language spoken and understood in more than 50
countries. It is spoken in Europe, North America, South America, the Caribbean, Africa, South-East Asia
and the Pacific region. French is also an official language of the Olympics, the United Nations, the
International Red Cross and Doctors Without Borders.
Successful completion of Year 9 and 10 French is a pre-requisite for participation in the bi-annual,
optional St Rita’s trip to Germany, Austria, France and Belgium.
Students have the opportunity to participate in an exchange with Switzerland at the end of Year 11.
Students will start Units 1 and 2 of the Senior French Course in Year 10 with the possibility of
selective students studying Extension French in Year 12.
What is studied in French?
Topics of interest include fashion, food, music and travel. The textbook “Quoi de Neuf” and the
activity book are the basis for what is studied. Other resources include DVDs, games and online
material. Students may also be involved in French Immersion days, French food tasting, films, hosting
exchange students and French exchange trips.
Students have one examination per term. There are no assignments in Junior or Senior French.
In a globalised world, very practical benefits can be had by the addition of French as a complement to
a professional specialisation e.g. Law, Commerce, Science, Journalism, Business, International Business
and International Relations.
The Universities offer an adjustment factor which boosts University Entrance to any course for
students studying a Senior Language. This gives a competitive edge, especially when applying for
highly competitive courses like medicine, engineering, law and science.