"One language sets you in a corridor for life. Two languages open every door along the way." - Frank Smith

At Greythorn Primary we believe that every child benefits from learning an additional language.

We support the DET guidelines that state:

"Languages education opens up career opportunities, and provides a range of benefits, including stimulating brain development, enhancing English literacy skills and encouraging respect and understanding of other cultures."

In French classes we like to laugh and learn!

In French classes, students are encouraged to use French as much as possible for classroom routines, social interactions, structured learning tasks, and language experimentation and practice.

French lessons are delivered in an interactive manner to maximise students’ engagement. We use a wide range of tools and activities to enhance students’ interest in their learning. Music, games, quizzes, drawings, stories, books, ICT, and videos are all used to encourage students to have a go at listening, speaking and writing French. Gestures and many visual cues are used enhance learning and understanding.


French during Remote Learning at Greythorn Primary

As part of remote learning students participated in weekly French lessons. Most lessons involved a descriptive video of the educational content as well as some oral and written exercises.


Below are some examples:

Junior School: - Learning the song Petit Escargot - Farm animals and numbers  - Interactive game, numbers and colours


Middle and Senior School: : understanding and responding to simple questions : grade 4 role play video : colours : numbers : masculine/feminine and descriptive adjectives : grade 3-6 cooking project explanations : cooking project follow-up : Weekly check up on progress of work : vocab for ingredients (cooking project) vocab for materials (cooking project) : vocab for steps (cooking project) : prepositions for location


All students have also had the opportunity to ask questions and make comments during Webex meetings that we attended every week with each class.


Students from grade 3 to grade 6 have also been able to practice their French via an internet app called “Languagenut”. Tasks were assigned to them depending on their level and they could always login whenever they wanted.


Alliance Française

Founded in 1890, the Alliance Française de Melbourne is a non-profit association that promotes French language and culture via activities, such as: film festivals, conversation groups and language courses. It is part of a worldwide network of 1,400 Alliance Française locations in 138 countries.

Each year the Alliance Française holds a poetry competition called “The Berthe Mouchette Competition”. This competition is open to Primary and secondary school students. Students must recite a poem learnt off by heart that they choose from a choice of four poems given by Alliance Française.

Students from grades 3 to 6 are welcome to participate in the competition. We are very supportive of every student wishing to enter the competition and we ensure they are ready to recite their poems in due time.

Language and cultural activities

Our Cultural Leaders Alex M and Ludmila R will be running various activities this year. Everyone is welcome to attend. Be ready to have fun!


Aude JOYCE and Juliette BROWNE
French teachers
Greythorn Primary School