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Modern Languages – French


Key Stage 3

All pupils study French from Form 1 to Form 3, where pupils work through a variety of topics in the language and develop the four skills of Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking.


Pupils currently follow the CEA French specification. They take examinations at the end of Form 5 in Speaking, Listening, Reading and Writing. The oral component is conducted by their teacher.


The CEA French specification is followed. Pupils cover a wide range of topics in the language and study a literary text and a film, as part of the course. They also attend Conversation Classes with the Language Assistant.

Language Assistant – Anne-Sophie Richard

My name is Anne-Sophie Richard and I am currently the French language assistant here at Belfast Royal Academy. I was born and raised in the French-speaking part of Belgium and I have been an English and Dutch teacher for more than 15 years. I have worked with students from diverse backgrounds and in different age groups (nursery, primary, secondary school and college) in Europe but also in Central Africa. My motivation to undertake a working sabbatical builds on my desire to travel, to discover new methodologies, and my inherent passion for the English language and culture.

Further, it is the perfect age for my 3 children (8, 10 and 11 years old) to experience a different culture, and a different educational and linguistic environment. This project has a family-oriented dimension that is very important to all of us. I am convinced that exchanging points of view and methods of teaching is the only way to tend to a teaching excellence. I am someone who loves travelling, meeting new people and making new friends. I am really excited to be a part of the Modern Languages Department and I am looking forward to continuing my work in this stimulating school environment.