What will I learn?

Through studying this course, you will develop the following:

  • International-mindedness;
  • Communication in a range of contexts and for a variety of purposes;
  • An awareness and appreciation of a variety of perspectives of people from diverse cultures;
  • An awareness of the importance of language in relation to other areas of knowledge;
  • Opportunities for intellectual engagement and critical- and creative-thinking skills;
  • A curiosity, creativity and a lifelong enjoyment of language learning.

What is the structure of the course?


Personal attributes, Personal relationships, Eating and drinking, Wellbeing


Daily routine, Leisure, Holidays, Festivals and celebrations

Human ingenuity

Transport, Entertainment, Media, Technology

Social organisation 

Neighbourhood, Education, The workplace, Social issues

Sharing the planet

Climate, Physical geography, The environment, Global issues

How will I be assessed?



Paper 1 – Writing


Paper 2 – Listening and Reading


Internal Assessment

25% – individual oral assessment

Frequently Asked Questions

Which CAS opportunities are available?
There will be a range of clubs and extracurricular opportunities, such as Film Club, Literature Club and Cultural Studies. For French there will also be an opportunity to travel to a French speaking country to explore the diversity of the cultures of La Francophonie.

Which opportunities for further study are available?
French IB will prepare you for any course at University and any career, as you will develop strong communication skills which are necessary in our global world. Possible careers include: International, Business, International Law, Government, Foreign Service, Tourism, Media, Communications, Secondary/ Primary Education, Translation and Interpretation and Journalism.

Is there anything else I need to know?

  • French can be used as a ‘gateway’ to learn other languages. Being a Romance language, it has many similarities to other European languages such as Italian and Portuguese.
  • Knowing the local language can greatly enhance one’s experience, allowing them a greater understanding and appreciation of culture, history and the physical environment.