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NewVIc partners with French Institute to tackle fall in numbers of students studying foreign languages

The uptake of A Level French has dramatically fallen over the past 5 years, with less than 3000 students nationally taking the subject last year.

Learning a language is about much more than communication.  Languages are at the core of cultural heritage and learning about this is so important in understanding each other and the world we live in.

As a provider of educational and cultural exchange between France and the United Kingdom, the Institut Français du Royaume-Uni has partnered with Newham Sixth Form College to host a series of French language and culture masterclasses to benefit students in Year 11 in the East London area.

The French Masterclasses are free of charge and will be open to all secondary schools in the neighbourhood.

The program will run over 25 weeks from 10 October 2018 to 3 April 2019 and will be based at Newham Sixth Form College (NewVIc) in Plaistow on Wednesdays after school.

The masterclasses will be designed to encourage, inspire and engage young people in the learning and practice of French. Participants will be offered cultural opportunities throughout the school year, including cultural trips and workshops at the Institut Français in South Kensington, as well as visits from inspiring speakers from a range of backgrounds to emphasize the importance of languages in the workplace and job market today.

The Institut français du Royaume-Uni is really excited to have launched this pilot initiative. It is designed to bolster students’ learning of French while emphasizing the diversity of the French-speaking cultures. One of the objectives of this project is to increase take-up of French in secondary schools, particularly at Key stages 4 and 5, which have seen the number of candidates decline in the past years. We hope the East London French Masterclass will inspire students and help them grow more confident in learning modern foreign languages in the UK.

Benoît Le Dévédec
Attaché de Coopération Pour le Français - French Language Attaché

We are delighted to be working with the prestigious French Institute to deliver this exciting opportunity for local students to improve their language skills and to build their awareness of French culture.  Open to all year 10 and 11 students studying GCSE French in the local community: these classes are ideally suited to any learner who wants to take French to the next level.

Penny Warburton
Associate Principal (A levels), Newham Sixth Form College


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