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Additional languages

At FIS all pupils, including native French speakers, are taught in English every day.

The pre-school and primary children are also offered additional language lessons; currently they can learn French as a foreign language. However, if there is sufficient demand for any alternative language, the school will happily consider adding this to its programme.

We are aware that many families arrive in France with little or no knowledge of French or who would like to improve their French. Therefore, our French teacher, by special arrangement, offers French language lessons for adults.


French as a Foreign Language is taught using a fun and interactive method. It consists of a large range of activities such as role-play, games, singing, creative arts, listening to stories, as well as performing in front of peers and parents. The lessons are planned in accordance with the IPC (international primary curriculum) topics in order to facilitate the children's learning and making connections between different activities of the week. In addition, every opportunity such as national and international celebrations is used to enrich pupils' vocabulary as well as their general knowledge.

At the end of each term, children receive a portfolio that serves as a great revision and a tool to talk about all that was done during the term. Younger children focus on speaking and comprehension. For the older children, writing and reading is introduced. In addition, Primary aged children are being prepared to take Alliance Française tests of ability. These are a French language tests that are an equivalent of the Young Learners Cambridge Test of ESOL (Starters- Movers-Flyers).

Children are assigned to different groups according to their age and personal maturity as well as knowledge of the French language.

French for Native speakers

For those who, after leaving FIS, would like to continue their education within the French system, we offer an extended French programme. This allows them to maintain a high level of French, and follows the French National Education curriculum according to the age and the level of each child. Pupils following this programme join the distance learning course proposed by the French Ministry of Education.


2017 - 2018


Feb, 26 -Mar 9: Winter Break

Apr 2: Easter Monday

Apr, 30 -  May, 11: Spring Holiday

May, 21: Pentecost

June, 30: Last school day 


Academic calendar 2017-18


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