St Mary’s College (Wellington) St Mary’s College (Wellington)

Level 2 French

Subject Description

Teacher in Charge: Ms K. Atkinson.

Recommended Prior Learning

Completion of French in Year 11 or very strong background knowledge.

The course continues to develop the skills needed to understand and use every day written and spoken French. The focus is on communication in less familiar contexts.
Students have to be committed to learning vocabulary and language features and to preparing their internal assessments. Cultural studies are an integral component of the course.

The topics in year 12 are more focused on community and society facts. our typical themes are Technology and social Media; the environment; a trip to Paris,; the French cinema; French fairy tales; a little History course of French History and Arts; study film "Amelie" and any other topics that interest the class. 

At the end of Year 12, five students have the opportunity to go to spend 6 weeks in France in Angoulême during the summer break. (depending on Covid 19 situation) It is a great opportunity to live an authentic experience (especially Christmas) as well as becoming a confident and fluent French speaker.  As part of the exchange the French students come to visit us in July for six weeks.

Subject Overview

Term 1
revision of Year 11 grammar
Media and technologies
French speaking countries

Term 2
The French cinema
Fairy tales

Term 3
The Film Amelie
Working or vlunteering

Term 4
revision for externals NCEA

Learning Areas:

Languages and Te Reo Māori

Assessment Information

24 credits available. (4 credits for speech is optional)
2 or 3 internals
2 externals


Level 3 French

Career Pathways

Chef, Furniture Finisher, Historian, Flight Attendant, Counsellor, Minister of Religion, Trainer, Journalist, Interpreter, Musician, Editor, Corrections Officer, Data Entry Operator/Transcriptionist, Foreign Policy Officer, Radio Presenter, Workplace Relations Adviser, Teacher of English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), Importer/Exporter, Immigration Officer, Kaiwhakaako Māori, Translator, Private Teacher/Tutor

Contributions and Equipment/Stationery

$20 for Language Perfect (on demand).


All subject selections are provisional only and are subject to:

and the final decision is at the discretion of the Head of Learning Area for that subject.