French is the primary foreign language at our school, closely tied to the host country and the Swiss region where we are located. It becomes a second language for many students over time and offers insights into French-speaking cultures.

In the Primary Years Programme (PYP), French is taught through lessons and integrated into the Programme of Inquiry. In Early Childhood (Reception 3 to Year 1), students are exposed to French daily with French-speaking teachers. In the Primary School, students engage in age-appropriate French learning, including reading, writing, and interpersonal communication. Year 2 to Year 4 have four group levels, while Year 5 and Year 6 have five.

In the Middle Years Programme (MYP), students choose Language Acquisition or Language and Literature. Language Acquisition has six phases, from beginner to advanced. At ISL, there are typically four or five phases per year group, with students advancing when ready. No student stays in a phase for over two years. Language and Literature is for near-native speakers, preparing them for IB Diploma Programme language A courses in Years 12 and 13.

In the Diploma Programme, French is offered in three levels:

• Ab Initio (SL) for beginners.
• Language B (SL and HL) for those with some prior experience (typically 2-5 years)
• Language and Literature A/Literature A (SL and HL) for native or highly proficient speakers, with a focus on literature and language skills

Language acquisition: Phase 1

Language acquisition: Phase 2

Language acquisition: Phase 3

Language acquisition: Phase 4

Language acquisition: Phase 5

DP Ab Initio