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St.Patrick's High School Keady

The French Department Vision

'French & Spanish are our gateway to travel, culture and unending opportunities…'

The Modern Languages Department aims to promote the study of foreign languages within the school community and to help each and every student to achieve his or her potential and aspirations in this area, as part of a rounded education.

To this end we aim to provide courses which are engaging, relevant and rewarding and which lead to the greatest levels of success in public examinations through high quality teaching and learning. We aim to tailor our provision to students’ individual needs so that all students may feel that they are making good progress and are well supported in their endeavours.

We aim to provide a firm foundation for further linguistic study by developing students’ linguistic awareness and skills. We also aim to assist the development of their general communication and social skills, by providing frequent opportunities to practise targeted listening, reading, speaking and writing and by imparting a greater understanding of the way language works and the use of different registers in written and oral communication. We aim to develop good study skills and work habits throughout.

We also aim to foster a genuine interest in other cultures and a sympathetic attitude towards them, taking full advantage in this of the very cosmopolitan nature of the school.

“If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his own language, that goes to his heart.“
             Nelson Mandela

Teaching Staff

Mrs G.Doherty - HOD French, Spanish
Mrs M.Carr - HOY, French, Spanish, COPE
Mrs M. O’Neill - HOY, French, Spanish, Irish
Bn B. Ui Eireamhóin - French
Mr P.Mone - RE, French, Irish

Key Stage 3 ( Yr8-10)

At Key Stage 3 pupils follow the National Curriculum for French and Spanish and are taught the grammar of the target language and its application, how to express themselves using a range of vocabulary and structures, as well as developing a sense of cultural awareness.

Pupils are required to work independently as well as in pairs and groups, constantly practising their spoken and written language skills, evaluating their progress and reflecting on the effectiveness of their approach. In addition to the three AfL tasks each year, pupils are assessed via regular unit tests. 

What your child will be learning in Year 8
What your child will be learning in Year 9
What your child will be learning in Year 10

Key Stage 4 ( Yr11&12)

All pupils continue with their study of French. In addition the department will offer Spanish as a KS4 option in 2015 and pupils can follow a two year course.

Pupils will develop an understanding of the spoken and written forms of French and Spanish in a range of contexts, including materials from countries and communities where these languages are spoken. The course aims at pupils being able to communicate effectively through both the spoken and the written word using a range of vocabulary and structures and developing knowledge and understanding of the grammar of French and Spanish and the ability to apply it. This course should provide a suitable foundation for further study of languages.

What your child will be learning in Year 11
What your child will be learning in Year 12

Specification at GCSE
Why study language for A Level



French Club meets at after school on Wednesdays and is open to all students in years 8 ,9 and 10. Led by Bn Ui Eireamhóin, the pupils spend time playing games in French, finding out more about French culture, doing craft activities and of course sampling French cuisine!!

GCSE exam clinic runs in second term in the approach to final exams and we also run an AS/A2 workshop for our Yr13 &14 pupils.

Sixth-Form: French

The course builds on the four language skills taught and assessed at GCSE: listening, speaking, reading and writing. A sound understanding of the grammatical structure of the language is required before embarking on the A Level course.

Pupils develop their understanding of contemporary society of the target language country through studying a range of texts. Authentic spoken and written sources are used to introduce issues for discussion as well as to develop language skills. Pupils are introduced to literature, studying at least one text. As at GCSE, the target language is the normal language of communication in the classroom, with more complex areas of grammar being discussed in English. We are fortunate to have a language assistant who will also work with pupils on a regular basis focusing on their spoken linguistic skills.

There is sufficient flexibility in the specification to allow pupils to follow up their own particular interests, for example in the choice of topic for the AS and A2 oral examination. The specification is also sufficiently broad to be a suitable qualification for further study of the language, whether on a traditional, literary-based course, one which focuses more on contemporary society, or on one which combines the language with, for example, Business Studies, Economics or Law.

Specification at A-Level

School journeys and visits

4th Form School Journey to Paris: a four day visit to Paris staying in a hotel. Full day visits are undertaken such as to the Louvre Museum, the Stade de France, a guided tour of the main attractions, Monmartre and Eurodisney.