The classic section is a unique English curriculum which is designed to prepare students for the international environment in which they live. The curriculum has been created using the French Ministry of Education Framework and the European Framework for Languages (CEFR). The Classic Section provides an additional 2.5 hours of English per week compared to schools in France and has a topic-based focus. This enabled students to explore English, and develop their language skills, through activities that are both engaging and practical to their personal experiences. The Classic Section topics are cross-curricular and include a wide range of subjects from Physical Education to Science, Music and Computing. The Classic Section promotes the exploration of everyday English through purposeful discovery and meaningful play.
The Classic Section is delivered by fully qualified teachers.
What are the learning hours of the Classic Section?
Students have 4 hours of English lessons per week:
– 2 hours of English Language
– 2 Hours of EMILE (CLIL)
How are students assigned to the Classic Section Pathway?
Language pathways at LFIB are determined by the students’ level of French. The Classic Section is tailored towards students who require more learning in French. With an additional 2 hours of French lessons compared to the International Section, Classic Section students are able to make progress in securing their knowledge of our primary language whilst getting a good foundation in English. Students are assessed three times in the academic year in French. Their French homeroom teacher will then determine which language pathway is best suited for each student.
The language pathways at LFIB are designed so that students can move smoothly between both the Classic Section and the International Section. Both English pathways work in harmony, following similar themes and vocabulary.
What is the EMILE?
L’Enseignement d’une Matière Intégrée à une Langue Etrangère (EMILE), or Content language Integrated learning (CLIL) in English, is the delivery of foundation subjects within the French curriculum in English. At LFIB, our EMILE program is divided into two different delivery styles, EMILE and Doublette. Classic Section and International Section students explore these subjects together.
EMILE is taught in English by one teacher.
Doublette is a bilingual approach to the topics. Doublette is taught by one English teacher and one French teacher together. The additional skills that are developed in this lesson center around navigating and solving problems through the two languages.
Questions and Answers
Is there a charge of the Classic Section?
No, there are no additional costs for our English Language pathways.
Does the Classic Section only cater towards second language learners?
No, the Classic Section is designed so that all students, whether they are new to the language or native English speakers, can make progress in English. English teachers work with the principle that lessons should be differentiated to meet the needs of their students.
When do assessments take place?
French assessments take place in December, April and June. If the student has sufficient skills in French, he/she can then be assessed in English. Changes to a student’s language pathway will take place at the beginning of the following term.
Are the students in the Classic section gathered in the same class?
No, the classes are composed of pupils from the Classic Section and the International Section. The Classic section pupils of two classes are then grouped together for their language course.
Are students divided according to their level in English?
No, the students are in heterogeneous groups.
What are the learning goals for the Classic Section?
We offer a program integrating the skills of the French Program and the European Framework for Languages (CEFR).
Are students in the Classic Section automatically enrolled in the Classic Section the following year?
No, students are assessed in both languages at the end of the school year and the International Section Council can suggest the continuation in SI.
What is the purpose of this course?
By the end of CM2, students should be able to accomplish tasks utilising various skills in English and with confidence. Students should achieve independence and sureness when using the four language competences; speaking, listening, reading and writing.