Mastering different languages is an essential element of a 21st century education so foreign language learning is prioritised.
From the 9th grade in primary school, Florimont offers pupils the possibility of studying in French and English. In the cycle, pupils have the possibility of studying in English, German, Spanish and Chinese.
To facilitate learning, pupils are grouped according to their level in English and German to cater for beginners as well as native speakers.
At Florimont, the approach to language teaching aims at providing pupils with a strong foundation in grammar and vocabulary as well practical communication skills.
Our programmes are aligned with the Council of Europe’s Common European Framework of Reference for languages, the accepted scale in Europe for curriculum planning and assessment. At Florimont, pupils’ level in English is higher than that expected at the maturité and the baccalauréat.
Foreign languages learning per section
From kindergarten, Florimont offers the possibility to each student to study in French and in English.
Four periods per week are taught in kindergarten, then six during the first two years of primary school.
The learning of German occurs from the 9th, in heterogeneous groups. The objective of primary school pupils is to reach level A1 (CECRL) at the end of the 7th year, ie an elementary level of German.
At cycle level, pupils in 6th grade study English (six periods a week) and German or Chinese as a second language (four periods a week). In 4th grade, pupils can change to Spanish as a second language instead of their first choice.
Pupils choosing the maturité cantonale track can study English, German, Italian and Spanish. In the baccalauréat track, they study English and can choose a second language out of Chinese, Spanish or Italian. In the international track, pupils have the same choice of languages,
External examinations (Cambridge: PET, KET and FCE) are an integral part of our approach to language teaching.
They motivate pupils to achieve ambitious objectives as well as providing them with a recognised certificate.
We review the list of examinations offered annually in terms of any modifications as well as the demands of higher education institutions.
To enable pupils to apply and improve their language skills, visits abroad are arranged for different classes, including to England, Spain, Germany, Canada or China.