Learning another language greatly benefits the cognitive development of students. 
It encourages social tolerance and widens a student’s perspective about the existence of other cultures around the world.  In a world that is also becoming increasingly globalised, the development of language skills can have a practical benefit in adult life.

At  Weeden Heights PS,  we currently offer French as our second language to English. 
French is one of the original romance languages that is spoken by more than 220
million people around the world.  It is the official language in over 30 countries,
especially in Europe, Africa and many states in Pacific region. It is also one of the main languages used by important international organisations like the United Nations.

Delphine - our French Teacher!

The curriculum at Weeden Heights PS places great emphasis on understanding the French
culture as well as basic communication and grammatic skills.  France is often considered the language of culture, so classes will often combine the language with insights into the worlds
of Gastronomy, the Liberal Arts, French History and Architecture.  This not only provides students an insight into modern French culture but is adds interest into the learning experience. 

Examples of this might be:

~ learning descriptive adjectives while tasting famous French foods such as blue cheese or mousse au chocolat (chocolate mousse)

~ learning and singing modern popular French songs


~ using famous French characters such as Tintin and Astrerix as themes for oral and written activities

Combining culture and language in a learning strategy capitalises on the natural curiosity that young minds possess about the world we live in. 

Outstanding performers in the French language program in the Middle and Senior
years are awarded prizes of recognition for their efforts and each year a Language
Captain from Year 6 is selected to be a part of the Year 6 Student Leadership team.


The entire school also prepares for and participates in a French Cultural Day,
which is one of the highlights of the annual School Calendar.


French displays support students to use the language

Having a kitchen and garden program works well on our French Cultural Day.  The students have the opportunity to applying their language skills.