Getting Started with French – Niveau bleu, blanc et rouge


Who should attend?

Primary practitioners who wish to start teaching French in Key Stage 2; Primary French Subject Coordinators; initial teacher trainees; classroom teaching assistants; headteachers.

The materials can be used by absolute beginners. They aim to train the teacher as well as teach the children. The PowerPoint presentations include all images and voice recordings necessary to model language and language concepts to children.

Why should I attend?

This one-day course will provide classroom teaching resources and support so that you can start to teach French in Key Stage 2. The course is based on teaching materials devised as part of a project comprising the French Embassy, the Association for Language Learning and Network for Languages, which are freely available to all participants.

Practitioners attending this training course are encouraged to use the materials to teach French in school, thereby extending their training and enhancing their subject knowledge.

Niveau bleu materials are aimed at children in Year 3, or children in their first year of learning French in Key Stage 2, Niveau blanc materials are aimed at children in Year 4, or children in their second year of learning French and Niveau Rouge for children in Year 5. There are further courses to cover materials for teaching other school years.

Delegates will leave with a USB of materials for year 3 and year 4 French teaching.

These materials are fully aligned with the new Programme of Study for Languages in Key Stage 2, and are very simple and user-friendly. They comprise lesson plans in Word format, and PowerPoint presentations designed for use on the interactive whiteboard.

This course will help me to:

  • Teach French in Key Stage 2, using the materials provided
  • Understand the Key Stage 2 Programme of Study, and how it can help me to plan and teach French
  • Use suitable methodology for teaching French in Key Stage 2
  • Understand how children can make progress in French
  • Improve my subject knowledge
  • Make links with children’s prior and concurrent learning, especially in English
  • Develop many innovative ideas and practical strategies for use in the classroom
  • Acquire the confidence to get started, and to understand how to use a wider range of resources

Is this a scheme of work?

The purpose of the Primary French Project materials is to help teachers and schools to make a confident and robust start in teaching French. The materials offer a starting point to:

  • Age-appropriate methodology for teaching French throughout Key Stage 2
  • An understanding of linguistic progression
  • An understanding of grammar
  • Developing accurate pronunciation
  • Developing knowledge about France and French culture

The materials also offer a starting point so that teachers will feel empowered at a later stage to begin using a full scheme of work.

How much curriculum time do I need?

The materials are designed to be minimal. They offer five 15-minute lessons to be taught each half term, with each lesson being taught twice. The lessons themselves teach vocabulary for the purpose of understanding grammar, developing pronunciation and building sentences. It is also highly recommended that during each half term the children have an opportunity to listen to a story, sing a song and learn to say a finger rhyme from memory. These additional activities will help to teach intonation and build fluency.

What is the Primary French Project?

The Primary French Project was launched on 14th March 2013 at the French Embassy in London and involves a high-profile partnership that aims to support primary schools throughout England. The Primary French Project Partnership brings together three organisations:

  • Institut français du Royaume Uni (IFRU)
  • ALL – The Association for Language Learning
  • Network for Languages

All three organisations came together for the purpose of supporting primary schools wishing to teach French as part of the new statutory curriculum from September 2014. The support will include the development of teaching resources to exemplify the Key Stage 2 Programme of Study for Languages (French), outreach to as many primary schools as possible, the development of training courses for teachers, and professional development opportunities, such as “Getting Started with French – Niveau bleu”. Further information about the Primary French Project will be available online soon.

For further information about the Institut français du Royaume Uni (IFRU) follow this link.

For further information about the Association for Language Learning follow this link.

To book on this course please email [email protected] or use the form below

Presenter Profile

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Philip Campagna is SW Regional and National Director for Network for Languages and Network for Learning. He is a Senior Lecturer and PGCE Course Leader for Secondary MFL and PGCE Primary MFL Coordinator at Bath Spa University. Philip was, for six years, Head of the MFL Faculty at a large Wiltshire Community College. He worked for ten years as a Primary Languages Coordinator in Wiltshire. He regularly presents for Network for Languages, both in the South West and other regions. He has also presented at National and International Language Conferences.

Feedback from delegates on this course

This is one of the most helpful courses in any subject I have ever been on. The material looks very thoroughly tested in the classroom, and is not something that will need hours of research and preparation by already overstretched teachers. I have recommended it to a number of colleagues and will continue to do so. Thank you!
The whole scheme is excellent, easily accessible and just what teachers need: they can pick it up and teach straightaway.
Thank you very much. Very clear, very useful and inspiring; suddenly everything looks much easier.
Looking forward to trying the resources out with the children in the class and with other teachers at school. This has the promise of being a
comfortable and beneficial programme of work.
Thank you! This course made me feel a lot more confident in my ability to teach French - can't wait to start!

Cost: £125 per delegate which includes lunch and resources; £150 for 2 teachers from the same school booking on this course

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