Languages - A Pathway to Success
LCS is a French school, however, English plays a central role in our curriculum, and this is demonstrated by the specialised English plan in junior secondary school in which students follow the NSW education program, and benefit from learning additional, non-linguistic subjects in English instead of in French. Furthermore, our senior secondary school students study the Section Européenne programme, LCS is also the only French school, abroad or France, offering the Extended Australian Programme.
Although bilingualism is one of the pillars of our long-term education plan, we also place significant importance on exposure to other foreign languages. From the 6th grade onwards, students are introduced to a third language – German, Spanish or Mandarin – which they will study during the last 6 years of their chosen program. Our students can obtain certifications to attest the level they have obtained in their third language, such as the Spanish DELE or the Chinese HSK. LCS secondary school students can also choose to study Latin as an additional language from the 6th grade onwards.
Extended International Programmes
Our school offers an Extended Australian Programme in Elementary school, and an Extended British Programme in Secondary school. The Secondary school programme is intended for bilingual students who have a good command of both written and oral English and French. More than a language programme, the Extended Australian Programme and the Extended British Programme are the result of bilateral cooperation with the educational authorities of Australia, the UK, who are involved in its implementation and examination.
In 2019, we received the good news that the LCS program in Elementary School qualifies as a Extended British Programme. This is a label that adds extra value to our students’ education should they happen to change to another school in the future. In Secondary School, the Extended British Programme becomes an elective, and interested students must apply and pass an entrance test to be selected. On top of the French curriculum, pupils will study English Language and Literature as well as History and Geography in English.
French as a Study Language (FLSco) - For a more accessible education
Each child is an individual, each story is unique, and when it comes to education, we understand that each student has different needs. To this end, we offer extra support in French through our FLSco program (French as a Study Language) and have implemented the Ten Commandments of a Successful Integration:
This program is aimed mainly at new students at LCS who have little or no command of French when they join us, but is also available to those who are already in the process of learning French, yet need additional support to strengthen their language skills. FLSco gives them access to the basic skills required to integrate the French education system. The program was put in place to assist students in their transition to the French system and to facilitate their integration in the school. As a result, students are placed in classes that correspond to their age and, outside their regular classes, attend FLSco tutoring lessons in small work groups over a given period of time.
You play an important role, too!
You are a key player in your child’s academic success. It is absolutely essential to regularly monitor your child’s progress at home to give him or her every possible chance to succeed. In addition, we encourage parents to facilitate exposure to the French language outside of school hours through, for example, extra-curricular activities in French, reading books in French with their children, audiovisual supports in French (TV5Monde, movies, etc.) or through prolonged stays in French speaking countries.