Hampton’s French Department has 12 first-class teachers, two of whom are native speakers. We have all studied or worked in France for an extended period. We are also lucky enough to have two full-time French Assistants.
Departmental policy is to teach in French wherever appropriate to create an authentic language environment in which the boys can practise and develop their skills, knowledge and understanding.
We benefit from an extensive range of authentic materials, magazines and books. Topical material is often sourced from the internet and the French press for AS and A Level teaching. Lower down the school, classes use a variety of software to support their work.
Boys wishing to read French at university – be it Oxford or Cambridge or elsewhere – are offered additional preparatory lessons in the Sixth Form.
The French Department offers a range of trips and exchanges and all boys are encouraged to participate.
Sixth Formers benefit from a work experience programme based in Lille. Pupils are given a week’s work placement alongside French colleagues, enabling them to practise their language skills while gaining a valuable insight into the professional world in France.
There is a Sixth Form cultural weekend organised in one of the major cities in France. This is an opportunity to take in places of cultural interest and enjoy a play or sporting event.
For Fourth and Fifth Year boys there is a weekly French Club where they can practise and reinforce their understanding of French through fun language activities. Further up the School, boys are given the chance to see French plays and films in London under the auspices of the school’s European Society. We regularly show films after school, and touring theatre companies sometimes put on plays in French in school.