King Edward's School BATH


French is known as the language of food, love, diplomacy and culture.  It has contributed more than 15,000 words to English: croissant, nuance, entrepreneur, au pair, haute couture to name but a few!  As one of the official languages of the UN, UNESCO, NATO, the Olympic Games and many more international organisations, it is also one of the world's most important and influential languages. 

Pupils studying French at King Edward’s learn to use this language effectively for communication.  The emphasis is on developing equally their proficiency in the four key language skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing. At the same time as perfecting their ability to use modern, up-to-date French as a powerful communicative tool, we are keen to emphasize the rigours of the precise knowledge and accurate use of grammar. Learning French helps to develop a keen eye for linguistic detail, focusing on increasing word power and the appropriate use of words and syntax.

Learning a modern foreign language such as French can develop self-confidence abroad as pupils show greater fluency and mastery of this influential world language. We organise an annual cultural trip to Paris in the School’s Activities Week, and we have a French Exchange programme with a school in Aix-en-Provence, Bath’s twin town. The School has a modern languages suite which includes two digital language laboratories which help to promote and practise language skills via the use of dedicated software on the School’s computers, as well as allowing access to the numerous language learning programmes on the internet. KES pupils studying French have all the resources available to learn an important modern world language to a high degree of accuracy and fluency.

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