The different lessons in the literature department
It is essential that pupils master the French language, enrich their vocabulary, discover classic and modern texts and the joys of reading in order to elaborate and transmit their own ideas. Students studying French will develop a taste for finding the best words for written and oral expression, playing with meanings, as well as the evocative and emotional power of language. The satisfaction that pupils feel when they discover their increasing aptitude to listen, speak and write what they wish to express, recount, describe, discuss or debate, and to arouse the interest or an emotion in the listener or reader must be a powerful source of motivation. Through the range of expertise and skills that are applied, French lessons are also a place where children learn to be independent. Speaking out, listening to others, taking notes, researching, organising work, the capacity to fix objectives, to take measures to achieve them and measure their progress, learning a lesson and reading a statement or an instruction contribute to autonomy and are subject to progressive teaching from the youngest age.
F.L.E. (French as a Foreign Language)
Florimont supports students who start school with an inadequate level of French.
Two to four periods a week in individual lessons or in small groups are provided.
At the start of the year each student’s language skills are assessed according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. This testing continues throughout the year so as to assess and adapt programs for each pupil’s needs.
Philosophy in the upper years (baccalaureate and Swiss Maturité)
Studying philosophy helps to develop an aptitude for analysis and reason.
Students use a specific lexicon as the intellectual tools for critical awareness to evaluate their future role in modern society.
Philosophy encourages free discussion and free examination of any idea, belief, institution, or custom in light of critical reasoning, while recognizing our own limitations.
Pupils are encouraged to recognize the complexity of reality and different points of view through open-minded tolerance. Philosophical culture is examined by studying major western schools of thought and the doctrine of its major philosophers.
Philosophy workshops are part of the academic programme for the primary and middle school sections. Practicing philosophical dialogue aims to develop the children’s independence, open their minds and increase their capacity to think. The workshops develop behaviours and the children’s abilities, to think for themselves, to act with greater precision and thoroughness and to maintain critical distance. They offer the children the chance to test their thinking by confronting it with the ideas of others: thinking for yourself does not mean thinking alone in a solitary exercise, but thinking with others, which requires collaboration based on listening and mutual respect.