COLLEGE

COLLEGE

Secondary Level:  Collège (ages 11-15, 6ème-3ème)

The Section Internationale programme provides a bilingual, bi-cultural education oriented towards the international option of the French baccalauréat (OIB) at the end of Terminale. The programme references the British National Curriculum and is aligned with the French curriculum. Students sit the international option of the Diplôme National du Brevet (DNB) at the end of 3ème and begin preparation for the IGCSE English Literature exam at the end of Seconde (first year of high school).

The English Language & Literature and History/Geography programmes foster intellectual development and cultural enrichment while developing in-depth knowledge of the literary and historical heritage of Britain and North America. The pedagogical approach is based on these educational systems, and the teaching team are native English speakers who have been trained in their home countries. The programmes are comparable to the linguistic and cultural level of the French programmes or the equivalent year programmes in the UK or US. A full description of the collège English programme in French may be found on the French Ministry of Education website.

The students are fully integrated into the French public school system at Collège Pasteur and Collège Jean Baptiste de la Quintinye. In addition to the standard French curriculum, students have six hours a week of English Language & Literature and History/Geography from 6ème through 3ème. Participation in the Section Internationale is challenging and rewarding, requiring extra academic investment and personal motivation.

Please note that children fulfilling entry requirements to the Section Internationale will automatically be extended a dispensation (dérogation) to attend the school if they live outside the school’s usual catchment area.

Sixième

English
Instilling enjoyment of reading and intellectual curiosity provides a foundation for pursuing fluent and skilled written and oral expression. During this year of transition from primary to secondary, pupils study narrative techniques of different genres (novels, poetry, theatre, etc) and craft different types of writing relevant to different genres (narrative, descriptive, expository, also diaries, poems, letters, etc). Literary works studied include novels, short stories, fairy tales, poetry and plays. Poetry and drama presentations build confidence and oral skills.
Novels studied in class have included Good Night, Mr. Tom, Ruby in the Smoke and Holes. Regular visits to the English section of the school library encourage extensive reading.
History/Geography
Students first approach history by understanding chronologies as well as primary and secondary sources. The Roman invasion of Britain is studied through to the end of Roman Britain followed by the Saxons and Vikings. In Geography, students learn atlas, map and diagram skills while they study the differences between physical, human and environmental geography. Life in rural and urban communities is examined as well as the cause and effect of natural disasters such as volcanoes and earthquakes.
Students develop key skills to understand and interpret history and geography while also improving their written and oral English skills through a variety of tasks such as source analysis, historical enquiries, in-class activities, research projects and oral presentations to promote confidence in public speaking.

Cinquième

English
Pupils consolidate previous learning as they pursue the discovery of different literary genres (police novels, science fiction, historical fiction, etc). Written work continues in different genres. Oral work includes story-telling, debate and drama.
Novels studied in class have included The Wheel of Surya, The Giver and Buddy as well as the play An Inspector Calls. Visits to the English section of the school library encourage extensive reading.
History/Geography
Students study a broad sweep of British history in the Middle Ages, beginning with the Norman Conquest through to the start of the Tudor period. The Geography programme covers world development with a case study on Kenya. Students learn how developing countries are affected by population growth, jobs and trade in order to examine arguments for and against providing aid.
Students develop key skills to understand and interpret history and geography while also improving their written and oral English skills through a variety of tasks such as source analysis, historical enquiries, in-class activities, research projects and oral presentations to promote confidence in public speaking.

Quatrième and Troisième

English
Pupils develop critical appreciation skills and linguistic autonomy. Reading explores the effects of style and structure as well as the connections between form, function and meaning. Written work includes discursive and literary analysis essays, newspaper articles and poems. Oral work includes debates and discussions of an argumentative or analytical nature as well as drama presentations.
Novels studied in class have included classics such as To Kill a Mockingbird and Lord of the Flies. A Shakespeare play is studied in its entirety each year, typically A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Macbeth, Julius Caesar or Romeo and Juliet. Short stories and poems are selected from a wide range of authors such as William Blake, Emily Dickinson, John Donne, Robert Frost, Seamus Heaney, Ted Hughes, John Keats, Katherine Mansfield, Wilfred Owen, Edgar Allan Poe and William Wordsworth.
History/Geography
The 4ème History programme looks at the making of the United Kingdom from 1500 to 1900. With four hundred years to cover in one, students study a selection of events and movements including the Tudors, the Reformation in England, the English Civil War, the Industrial Revolution, Empire and the slave trade. The Geography programme covers themes such as sustainability, development, fair trade and globalisation. These often link well with the History programme (for example, globalisation and Empire).
The 3ème History programme focuses on 1914-1945. Students study the First World War, the Depression, hyperinflation in Germany and the rise of Hitler, the Second World War and genocide.  In order to prepare the brevet, they study some of the same topics as in French History/Geography, but from a British point of view. The Geography programme is a study of the European Union from a British perspective, which enables students to have a truly bilingual and bi-cultural understanding of issues.
Homework assignments are set every week, and each pupil chooses a personal project to present. The classes provide many opportunities for debate as well as practice in using historical sources and writing analytical essays. Discussion of current events is also an important element.
At the end of 3ème, pupils sit an oral exam. A passing mark is recognised by “mention internationale” on their brevet diploma and validates their experience in the Section Internationale in collège.