French Language Activation Program
Studies highlight that today’s graduates will be more mobile than any generation before them. The ability to speak a second language fluently will enrich our population’s ability to interact and communicate cross-culturally, as well as provide enhanced job prospects across all career fields.
The French Language Journey
At Walford, students commence their second language studies in the Early Learning Centre (ELC) through the Ella language program. This continues through the Junior School where all students undertake studies in French. French Language study continues in the Middle School along with Chinese which is introduced in Year 6. Both French and Chinese are studied in Years 6 and 7, whilst in Year 8, students will select their preferred language to continue through Middle School. The third language of Spanish is available from Year 10.
Differentiated Enrichment Opportunities
Walford’s uniquely tailored French program is offered in recognition of the increasing number of students seeking enrolment with a prior background in French Language, either as a second or first language. The French Language Activation Program is designed to cater to a variety of proficiency levels and is delivered by proficient first language speakers. We are the first school in South Australia to offer both the Diplome d’Etudes en Langue Francaise (DELF) and the Diplome d’Approfondi en Langue Francaise (DALF), as well as the International Baccalaureate French High Level course, providing differentiated enrichment opportunities and a complete immersion experience for French Language learners.
Pictured: Year 9 French language students Chloé and Emily, who recently sat DELF (Diplôme d’Études en Langue Française) examinations. Emily sat the DELF A1 examination and Chloé completed the DELF A2 examination, which is usually offered in Year 10. Both girls achieved excellent results!
An essential component of any contemporary curriculum is a rigorous Languages program. Today’s graduates will be more globally mobile than any generation before them. An ability to embrace and understand cultures other than their own will enable our young people to truly harness all that the world will offer them in the future.