Mrs L R Clarke Miss
"You live a new life for every language you speak. If you know only one language, you live only once."
At Ballycastle High School we aim to encourage our pupils to develop their linguistic knowledge and capabilities as much as possible by providing stimulating and enjoyable learning experiences within the classroom.
All Year 8, 9 and 10 pupils study French and then have the opportunity to continue their studies to GCSE and A-level.
In today’s society modern language skills are becoming more and more important. Learning a language can be necessary for a number of reasons and purposes; work, adapting to our expanding global economy, relocation, family and friends, travel, studying abroad and expanding our horizons to new cultures.
Learning a foreign language encourages positive attitudes and behaviour towards other people and their cultures.
Whatever the reason, learning a language opens up doors to many opportunities and benefits
Pupils work through a variety of topics in the language and develop the four skills of listening, reading, writing and speaking. Key Stage 3 topics include self & family, pets, school life, house and home, my local area, daily routine, buying food and free time activities.
Pupils are encouraged to participate actively in class and use the Target Language where possible.
Pupils currently follow the CCEA French specification and study a variety of Contexts and topics.
Context 1: Identity, Lifestyle and Culture
Myself, my family, relationships and choices;
Social media and new technology;
Free time, leisure and daily routine; and
Culture, customs, festivals and traditions.
Context 2: Local, National, International and Global Area of Interest
My local area and the wider environment;
Social and global issues;
Travel and tourism
Context 3: School Life, Studies and the World of Work
My studies and school life;
Part-time jobs and money management; and
Future plans and careers.