Highgrove Education

Introduction to French

Spoken across Europe, Africa, North America, and the Caribbean, French opens doors to rich cultures, vibrant histories, and delicious cuisines. Whether you dream of strolling down the Champs-Élysées, exploring the markets of Marrakech, or simply ordering croissants with confidence, this introductory course is your gateway to the French-speaking world. Join us as we dive into essential French phrases, cultural insights, and the beauty of la langue française.

Key Information

COURSE SYLLABUS

TEACHER PROFILE

Access Course Enrolment:
  • Enrolment in our pre-GCSE or pre-A level access course.
  • Access to our self-study materials and platform, live class lessons, and individual teacher support in Office Hours.
  • Weekly teacher-marked homework.
  • Half termly reports.
  • Support from our SENDCo for pupils with special educational needs or disabilities, including assessment for access arrangement entitlement.
  • Support with English for pupils whose first language is not English.
  • A Highgrove Education Office365 account, including Teams, SharePoint and a school email
DepartmentLanguages
TeacherMs Lesley Paramo, French and Spanish Teacher
Course LengthAcademic Year
Live LessonsOne 45-minute lesson per week
HomeworkApproximately half an hour a week
ExaminationNone 
Entry RequirementsOpen to pupils with beginner or basic level French

Course Syllabus

Autumn 1All about me (personal information, talking about tastes and preferences)
Autumn 2Shall we meet up? (organising outings with others, days and times)
Spring 1Out and about (places in town, directions)
Spring 2Shopping and eating out (clothes, food, quantities)
Summer 1My daily life (daily actions and activities)
Summer 2Last weekend (the perfect tense to discuss past actions)

Teacher Profile

Ms Paramo has been teaching Spanish and French for ten years, most recently teaching the Edexcel IAL course in French at Harrow School Online. Prior to this she taught both languages at a range of top UK schools, including Dulwich College, Chislehurst & Sidcup Grammar School and Mulberry School for Girls. Ms Paramo gained a first in a joint honours degree in Modern Languages & Linguistics from Pembroke College, Oxford University, and a PGCE in Modern Foreign Languages from Roehampton University. She has also completed a master’s degree in Language Acquisition at Toulouse University in France.