Recent changes in the curriculum have placed a particular emphasis on languages, challenging teachers and schools nationwide to strengthen that area of study. We can help, with teaching resources, teacher training, and activities at the Institut français in French or about France. You can also find out more about organising a French exam in your school, the French teaching assistant and mobility programmes, as well as partnerships with French schools.
The Institut français welcomes you in the heart of South Kensington to help you and your pupils discover the best of French culture and language. Come and watch a French film in our in-house cinema, and snoop around the resources of the biggest and most beautiful French library overseas.
In this section, you can find out more about training programmes for current teachers, PGCE (Postgraduate Certificate in Education) students in Modern Foreign Languages, Foreign Language Assistants, or for people who would like to develop skills in French language teaching (FLE, Français Langue Etrangère).
Discover a wide range of free educational resources for primary and secondary teachers and students of French at all levels, including worksheets, powerpoints, subtitled documentaries, reading notes, grammar and language e-books, and more.
DELF examinations are official proof of your students’ competence in French. The diploma your students receive is awarded by the French Ministry of Education, and recognised throughout Europe and beyond. The DELF Junior is the official gateway to admission into French universities, and features on the UCAS online application form. More and more British universities are taking interest in DELF/DALF examinations. In the context of a growing demand for languages, it will make your students’ résumés and applications stand out from the crowd, and show that your institution is devoted to academic excellence. Find out more about how to organise a French exam in your school by clicking on the link below.
Foreign language Assistants
The Foreign Language Assistant’s role is to help the pupils to improve their oral skills, to boost their confidence in the foreign language and to increase their cultural awareness by the creation of extra-curricular activities on contemporary culture. Find out more about how to become a Foreign Language Assistant in a school in France or the UK, or how to host one in your school.
In this section, you can find out more about programmes allowing teachers and school staff to train or teach abroad for short-term (2 weeks) or long-term (1 year) stays. There are also grants for pupils, which aim to foster the school partnerships between France and Great-Britain and promote cultural and language exchanges.
Starting a partnership with a French school is the better way to make your pupils experience the cultural diversity brought by the learning of a modern foreign language. If you want to establish a partnership with a French school, you can find more information by clicking on the link below.
This section gives an overview of websites with content and materials in French or about France, including Culturethèque, the Institut français’ free online platform, and the official website of the Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie.