"If we spoke a different language, we would perceive a somewhat different world." ‒ Ludwig Wittgenstein
Learning a foreign language can be enormously beneficial in helping children to gain a deeper understanding of their own language and literacy. It also provides them with the opportunity to learn about foreign languages and culture, enabling them to make comparisons with their own way of life in the Isle of Man.
At The Buchan School, children receive a weekly lesson in French from P1 through to Form 4 (age 4-11). They enjoy taking part in many different activities during our fun and interactive lessons. These include songs, stories, video clips, practicing and presenting role-plays, playing games using new language, writing and working on phonics to help with pronunciation.
As well as learning to speak, comprehend, read and write in French, children also learn about France (and other French-speaking countries) and the French culture. Several times a year, the children also enjoy sampling a variety of French foods in our French café area.
In Form 3 and 4, the children have the opportunity to work with the French Language Assistant from King William's College, allowing them to listen and converse with growing confidence.
Language awareness permeates our school: in addition to the weekly lessons in which all children learn French, every opportunity is taken to introduce children to other languages.