Bilingual French Program at Highgate School
The Bilingual French Program at Highgate School is another exciting educational opportunity to enrich the academic, cultural and linguistic experiences of our students and foster their development as global citizens.
What this means for Highgate School is that French will be taught in a particular way in certain classes. The students who might access this program would be students attending Highgate School and those of French background.
The program would initially begin with a class in the R – 2 level of schooling and grow into a French bilingual class at each year level.
I envisage the first French bilingual class will begin in 2017 and be an R / 1 class. The French bilingual/binational program involves a class at each year level being taught the whole curriculum through 80% French and 20% English in reception to Year 2, in Year 3 the structure changes to be 50% French and 50% English until year 7.
This program would then link to the French bilingual program at Unley High School.
- Students would be able to opt into the program.
- Students wishing to opt into the program would be expected to have 5 French lessons each week for the preceding year. In 2017 I see these lessons operating in years 1, 2 and 7. Year 7 lessons being in preparation for secondary school at Unley High School.
- The curriculum will be a harmonised curriculum that combines the Australian Curriculum and the French National Curriculum.
- The French component will be taught by a French speaking teacher, the English by a Highgate teacher.