The programme of work is similar to that of schools in England and based upon the English National Curriculum until the age of sixteen.
All English-speaking pupils may join the scheme however, regardless of nationality. Housed within the Lycée building, this “Collège d’Enseignement Secondaire” teaches pupils for the first four years of their secondary education. It is a small collège, having only 200 pupils in all. It specialises in English and German teaching. British Section pupils receive six hours of English tuition per week. For the rest of their programme, they are taught by French teachers in regular classes with their French peers. The French, German and British teaching staff work in close co-operation, and trilingual programmes of study for all pupils also form part of the international education offered in this establishment. The programme is especially appropriate for pupils with an international bilingual background in education. At the end of the four-year cycle pupils transfer into the Lycée.
Explanation of how children progress through Collège with English 31 :
At collège level, six hours of English lessons are provided per week at the Collège International Victor Hugo, incorporated into the standard French collège timetable, taking place when French pupils learn English as a foreign language. Four of these lessons are devoted to Language and Literature and two to History, with all lesson content and methodology based upon the English National Curriculum. “The Suffolk Reading Test” and “Progress in English” are used until the end of Quatrième (Year Nine in the English system) and then pupils begin the two year cycle of work leading to iIGCSE examinations in English Language and English Literature, taken in Seconde and examined by Cambridge International Examinations. Collège pupils in the British Section also take the Brevet International at the end of Troisième (Year Ten in the English system.) The main elements of this examination are same as for the standard Brevet taken by all students in France but in addition Brevet International candidates take oral examinations in English and History/Geography. Pupils are prepared for theses oral examinations by teachers of The British Section as part of the E31 programme.
At the age of fifteen/sixteen, pupils are entered for English iGCSE examinations. These qualifications provide proof of the successful candidate’s proficiency in English. Both the iGCSE and the OIB are supervised and administered by The Cambridge International Examinations board. The CIE iGCSE is the world’s most popular international qualification for 14 to 16 year olds. It is recognised by leading universities and employers worldwide, and is an international passport to progression and success. As well as enabling learners to read, interpret and evaluate texts the syllabus also develops an understanding of literal meaning, relevant contexts and of the deeper themes or attitudes that may be expressed; it also requires presentation of an informed, personal response to the material they have studied. This syllabus ideally suits our young people because it rewards their exploration of wider and universal issues and better understanding of themselves and of the world around them.
03 September, 2018
Collège – Victor Hugo
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