The first language of 129 million people worldwide and spoken by 220 million across five continents, French has a broad appeal. It possesses a strong diplomatic, literary and cinematic heritage and is closely associated with the worlds of fine dining, hospitality and fashion.
At Oakham, French is a core subject studied by nearly all students to GCSE and by many beyond. It is one of the most popular subjects in the Upper School (Sixth Form) with students studying French at A-level or in the IB Diploma.
The Department comprises specialist teachers and language assistants whose aim is to foster a love of French language and culture among our pupils. We deliver all our courses using a variety of exciting, interactive resources and constantly aspire to teach ‘beyond the coursebook’ by exposing our students to authentic materials and literary texts.
We offer many opportunities to inspire in our pupils a love of French, including language-themed days, visiting theatre companies, competitions, and cross-curricular projects. In the Upper School students have the chance to do work experience in a French city and we offer many extra-curricular activities through Le Cercle Français (French Society).