The lycée is the second, and last, stage of secondary education in the French educational system. From ages 15 to 18, lycée students can choose from the options listed below, in addition to the continuation of their studies in English, History & Geography.
English in the Anglophone Section is taught by a team of specialist teachers who are all native English speakers. Students are taught in mixed ability groups and have four hours of English a week.
English language and English literature are taught in a combined course using a variety of teaching methods that allow all pupils to have equal access to the curriculum. Support is provided in some classes for children with areas of learning that may need it.
Aims and Objectives
- to encourage a love of reading and an interest in a wide range of literature from a variety of Anglophone countries
- to encourage a critical reading of media texts
- to develop confidence in speaking for a range of purposes and audiences, listening and responding critically to others.
- to develop writing skills that enable students to communicate fluently and accurately for a variety of audiences and purposes.
- to encourage students to think for themselves and to develop their own opinions.
- to give students the opportunity to work both independently and with others
- to encourage the use of IT.
History and Geography
The History-Geography department is a joint history and geography programme based on the content of the French National Curriculum yet with an approach characteristic of the learning and teaching styles in English-speaking countries.
Students in the collège (6ème to 3ème) and Seconde are taught two hours of the programme by Anglophone Section teachers and two hours by their French history/geography teachers. In Première, section hours increase to three and in Terminale to four hours in preparation for the OIB History/Geography exam.
While the programme in history is roughly chronological from the civilisations of the Ancient world up to the contemporary era, emphasis is placed on the comparison of historical themes in different periods. The geography program focuses on an exploration of the interaction between human activity and the physical environment. Students are assessed on a regular basis to determine their progress and identify areas for improvement.
Aims & Objectives
- To develop the skills of historians and geographers
- To encourage students to become independent learners through active and cooperative participation in individual and group work
- To promote inquiry-based projects, IT research skills, and critical thinking activities
- To foster understanding and appreciation of the diversity of human experience across time and place
2de option – Media Studies
This is an optional modular course of 3 hours per week.
Candidates are expected to be able to demonstrate competence in a range of media skills. These include:
- Pre-production/planning skills: storyboarding, poster design, print advertising design, scripting for television, and film
- Production Skills: photography to create still image work, video/digital cameras to create moving image work, editing techniques to produce finished products, desk-top publishing to produce finished print media texts.
- Evaluation: candidates are expected to be able to effectively evaluate their production work in light of media practices.
Aims and learning outcomes
Media studies will enable candidates to:
- Develop enquiry, critical thinking and decision making skills through consideration of issues that are important, real and relevant to them and to the world in which they live.
- Develop their appreciation and critical understanding of the media and its role in their daily lives.
- Develop their practical skills through opportunities for personal engagement and creativity.
- Understand how to use the key media concepts to analyse media products and their various contexts.
Media Studies combines theory and practice; students learn the conventions of the media world and how to ‘read’ media texts, before applying what they have learnt to create their own texts.
Over the year the students will learn the four key concepts of media: media language, representation, institution and audience. They will study a variety of media texts, familiarise themselves with the strategies employed by media institutions and learn how to analyse a media product, identifying and explaining how a specific audience is targeted..
Students will work on a variety of projects throughout the year. Typically, students will create their own magazine covers, a 30 second television advertising campaign and a film trailer with associated film poster.
N.B. There is a supplement to Tuition fees for those choosing this option to cover the extra 3hrs/week of specialised teaching.
2nde option – Drama
A one year course taken as an optional subject in 2nde
Contrary to popular belief, Drama studies are not all about ‘making up little plays!!’ S
Students are continuously assessed during practical work on their ability to respond to dramatic texts, to develop, explore and sustain a range of dramatic forms, on their ability to work with others and independently and on their performance skills.
The course has three sections:
- Unit One – working with dramatic stimuli
- Unit Two – working with text
- Unit Three – drama performance.