Teaching of French Language

Since 1996 Retamar has offered French as an optional subject to its ESO and Baccalaureate students; and since 2007, an introductory French course in sixth of Primary. Our students and their families are in support of this need, and every year more and more students choose French as a second language. This academic year, more than 600 students are already studying French at Retamar and the number is increasing year after year.

TEACHERS
There are five teachers assigned to the French area of ​​the School, who teach a total of 64 class sessions per week, divided into sixth Primary, the four ESO courses and first & second of Baccalaureate.

NUMBER OF CLASS SESSIONS
The French course can be taken over seven years.

In sixth of Primary (initiation course) students receive three sessions a week. From first to fourth year of ESO, each student receives two sessions per week, that is, an approximately 70 sessions per course, which brings us to a total of 280 sessions throughout Secondary.

In first and second of Baccalaureate, two sessions are taught per week, that is a total of 140 sessions.

Therefore, a student can receive a total of approximately 525 French sessions during their time at the School.

CLASS ORGANISATION
Since the academic year 2007-08, sixth of Primary students were able enrol on the French course. The subject is taught from beginner level, without notions.

From first of ESO up to first of Baccalaureate, classes are organised into two levels per year group.

Level I is made up of students who, in general, have good grades in all their subjects, especially in English, and / or have made good use of French in the previous year. At this level, the pace of teaching is faster, and more advanced objectives are proposed in the outer goals (DELF exams). In Baccalaureate, these students prepare to obtain levels B2 and C1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for languages.

Level II, with a more leisurely pace, is aimed at students who, although they show good learning skills, are favoured by adapting the process of acquisition of the French language, taking into account the rest of the subjects. In this way, we intend to attend to the diversity of students who choose this subject and prevent them from being affected by the effort spent learning a second foreign language. In Baccalaureate they prepare to obtain level B1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for languages.

METHODOLOGY
In accordance with the guidelines of the Common European Framework of Reference, a teaching model is followed in which action prevails within a communicative approach, whose objective is to provide the student with a communication competence, making him active and responsible for his learning. Thus, the sessions are aimed at achieving a good command of the five skills (reading, writing, listening, speaking and conversing) that make it possible for them to communicate in everyday life and in situations related to their interests and motivations. This gives the student an active role, giving them the ability to carry out tasks, solve problems, participate and complete projects, and also take into account socio-cultural aspects. It pays special attention to promoting self-learning capacity.

The procedures to achieve this end are very varied, but we will highlight among them the global and essential understanding of oral and written texts, the production of oral and written texts, the practice of French as a language of communication inside and outside the classroom, recognition and use of learning techniques such as the creation of strategies or planning for improvement, the induction and deduction of grammar rules or reflection on one's own.

Students in ESO grades one to three read comic adaptations of classic readings such as Les Trois Mousquetaires, Les Miserables or Comtes et nouvelles by Guy de Maupassant, although some are already interested in short novels in French. Fourth of ESO students are introduced to the literature of the great French-speaking authors, and read more contemporary authors in Baccalaureate.

Similarly, a large number of sessions are devoted to introducing the student to French culture and civilization (geography, history, politics, science, music, cinema, etc.).

EXTERNAL DELF EXAMS
Retamar, in collaboration with the Alliance Française de Madrid, presents its students to the DELF / DALF exams of the French Ministry of National Education in two calls, the first in February, especially suitable for students of second year of Baccalaureate and the second in June, for the rest of the courses.

Teaching of French Language

Since 1996 Retamar has offered French as an optional subject to its ESO and Baccalaureate students; and since 2007, an introductory French course in sixth of Primary. Our students and their families are in support of this need, and every year more and more students choose French as a second language. This academic year, more than 600 students are already studying French at Retamar and the number is increasing year after year.

TEACHERS
There are five teachers assigned to the French area of ​​the School, who teach a total of 64 class sessions per week, divided into sixth Primary, the four ESO courses and first & second of Baccalaureate.

NUMBER OF CLASS SESSIONS
The French course can be taken over seven years.

In sixth of Primary (initiation course) students receive three sessions a week. From first to fourth year of ESO, each student receives two sessions per week, that is, an approximately 70 sessions per course, which brings us to a total of 280 sessions throughout Secondary.

In first and second of Baccalaureate, two sessions are taught per week, that is a total of 140 sessions.

Therefore, a student can receive a total of approximately 525 French sessions during their time at the School.

CLASS ORGANISATION
Since the academic year 2007-08, sixth of Primary students were able enrol on the French course. The subject is taught from beginner level, without notions.

From first of ESO up to first of Baccalaureate, classes are organised into two levels per year group.

Level I is made up of students who, in general, have good grades in all their subjects, especially in English, and / or have made good use of French in the previous year. At this level, the pace of teaching is faster, and more advanced objectives are proposed in the outer goals (DELF exams). In Baccalaureate, these students prepare to obtain levels B2 and C1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for languages.

Level II, with a more leisurely pace, is aimed at students who, although they show good learning skills, are favoured by adapting the process of acquisition of the French language, taking into account the rest of the subjects. In this way, we intend to attend to the diversity of students who choose this subject and prevent them from being affected by the effort spent learning a second foreign language. In Baccalaureate they prepare to obtain level B1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for languages.

METHODOLOGY
In accordance with the guidelines of the Common European Framework of Reference, a teaching model is followed in which action prevails within a communicative approach, whose objective is to provide the student with a communication competence, making him active and responsible for his learning. Thus, the sessions are aimed at achieving a good command of the five skills (reading, writing, listening, speaking and conversing) that make it possible for them to communicate in everyday life and in situations related to their interests and motivations. This gives the student an active role, giving them the ability to carry out tasks, solve problems, participate and complete projects, and also take into account socio-cultural aspects. It pays special attention to promoting self-learning capacity.

The procedures to achieve this end are very varied, but we will highlight among them the global and essential understanding of oral and written texts, the production of oral and written texts, the practice of French as a language of communication inside and outside the classroom, recognition and use of learning techniques such as the creation of strategies or planning for improvement, the induction and deduction of grammar rules or reflection on one's own.

Students in ESO grades one to three read comic adaptations of classic readings such as Les Trois Mousquetaires, Les Miserables or Comtes et nouvelles by Guy de Maupassant, although some are already interested in short novels in French. Fourth of ESO students are introduced to the literature of the great French-speaking authors, and read more contemporary authors in Baccalaureate.

Similarly, a large number of sessions are devoted to introducing the student to French culture and civilization (geography, history, politics, science, music, cinema, etc.).

EXTERNAL DELF EXAMS
Retamar, in collaboration with the Alliance Française de Madrid, presents its students to the DELF / DALF exams of the French Ministry of National Education in two calls, the first in February, especially suitable for students of second year of Baccalaureate and the second in June, for the rest of the courses.