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Learning another language is not only learning different words for the same things, but learning another way to think about things.

Flora Lewis, American Journalist 1918-2002

Learning a foreign language not only reveals how other societies think and feel, what they have experienced and value, and how they express themselves, it also provides a cultural mirror in which we can more clearly see our own society.

Chancellor Edward Lee Gorsuch, University of Alaska


Why learn a Foreign Language? We teach French at Upper Batley High School and our aim is to support and help learners develop their use of the Foreign Language in the classroom and beyond. We are a team of dedicated staff willing to instil the love of languages in our learners’ minds and hearts. We thrive in the quality of our teaching and the engaging lessons for our learners. The classrooms are equipped with Interactive White Boards and the school subscribes to a number of online educational sites offering an inclusive and varied learning environment. In French, we make sure learners are happy, safe, engaged and learn new things about the world whilst experimenting with new vocabulary, ideas and activities.

Outline of Course Content

Our learners take GCSE French and we are proud to see our numbers increasing year on year, our learners are aware of the benefits of having a European Foreign Language GCSE and through our pre-GCSE awareness week in Year 9, a wealth of information is given about the unlimited possibilities which are open to them beyond their GCSE course.
Over two years, you will study a number of topics across the following 4 areas of experience:-

  • Lifestyle (healthy/unhealthy lifestyles, relationships with family and others, future plans, social issues)
  • Leisure (free-time and media, shopping, fashion, money, new technology, holiday plans and preferences, what there is to see)
  • Home and Environment (what your region is like and its location, environmental problems, problems facing the planet, being environmentally friendly)

Work and Education (school, future plans, what school/college is like, looking for and getting a job, advantages/disadvantages of jobs)

AQA is our chosen exam board.
GCSE: One Reading and one Listening exam at the end of Year 11, totalling 40% of the total mark as well as preparing two pieces of Writing and two pieces of Speaking weighing 60% of the total mark. 

Extracurricular and Enrichment Opportunities

There is an educational overseas visit to France every year so our learners experience life in a target language country, develop their learning further and widen their horizons. Our learners literally shine and exude so much enthusiasm, happiness whilst abroad and every day we see a new part of their personality affirming itself. This helps them gain confidence, perfect life skills, manage money and further their social and interpersonal skills.