Teaching languages, from Year 1 to Sixth Form, September 2016. (section under review)

Number of hours taught per week.


  • From Year 1 to Year 3: 3 hours of English of which 1 hour of DNL                                                                   
  • From Year 4 to Year 6: 4 hours of English of which 1 hour of DNL + 1 hour of E.C.L.A.                                           

(DNL: a lesson in English in a non linguistic subject such as History, Geography or Maths)

View the slideshow : diaporama (Two educational paths available: Multilingual or I.S.)

Multilingual path (without the international section)

  • Modern Language 1 (LV1): English, 4 hours weekly in small groups organised in streams (beginner to bilingual).
  • Modern Language 1A (LV1bis)
    3 hours per week: German, Spanish, Italian or Russian (LV1 bis is mandatory) The LV1bis, which is chosen in Year 7, will be the LV2 that the pupil will study for the entire duration of their schooling. 

Please note: in this educational path, the addition of a 3rd modern language will be possible in Year 9).    

International Section- I.S.

  • 6 hours of English language and English civilisation+2 hours of history and geography in English. The 6 hours of English language and civilisation can be divided into 4 hours of English+2 hours of civilisation (please note that in Year 7 two additional hours are reserved for the support of some pupils). Pupils of this International section will only start learning a second modern language in Year 9. “Initiation to Latin” can be added as an option by pupils in Year 8.
    Choosing the international section engages pupils from Year 6 to Year 10, and necessarily leads to the “Diplôme National du Brevet International”.


Multilingual path :

  • LV1: English- 4 hours per week; pupils are divided in streams (beginner to bilingual)
  • LV1bis: 3 hours per week: German, Spanish, Italian or Russian. (as in 6e)
  • 30 minutes of E.C.L.A. (Additional Lesson in English, i.e. History/Geography)

Initiation to Latin: 2 hours per week.

International path :

  • English: language and literature-6 hours
  • History/Geography: 2 hours in English in addition to the 2 hours in French

Initiation to Latin: 2 hours per week


  • LV1: English: 4 hours weekly; pupils are grouped in streams (beginner to bilingual)
  • LV1bis: 3 hours weekly in German, Spanish, Italian or Russian.
  • 1 hour of E.C.L.A.* in Science (Physics or Biology)

VOLUNTARY OPTIONS (a choice of 1 of the below can only be taken)
-Latin: 3 hours or LV3 Arabic, Spanish or German
- European Section* in German, Spanish, Italian or Russian: 2 hours (language and civilisation) - see below in the LV1 bis language studied


  • LV1: English 4 hours per week; pupils are grouped in streams (pupils can take IGCSE exams at the end of Year 11)
  • LV1bis: 3 hours per week: German, Arabic, Spanish, Italian or Russian. (as in 6e and 5e)
  • 1 hour of E.C.L.A.* in Mathematics

- Latin: 3 hours per week or Greek: 3 hours per week or LV3: Arabic, Spanish or German as taken in 4e
- European section* in German, Spanish, Italian, or Russian: 2 hours (language and civilisation) as taken in 4e.

►YEAR 11 CLASSES - 2nde

  • LV1: English 4 hours per week; pupils work in streams
  • Advanced pupils, upon recommendation of their teacher can prepare the IGCSE during the school year.
  • LV2: 3 hours weekly: German, Spanish, Italian or Russian.

-Latin: 3 hours per week or Greek: 3 hours per week.
-European section of LV2 (Spanish, Italian or German): 1 hour of language learning+1hour of D.N.L.* in the chosen LV2 language
-European section in English: 1 hour of D.N.L.* in History/Geography ir in Maths.  

►YEAR 12 CLASSES - 1ere

  • LV1: English 3 hours per week, pupils work in streams.
    Non British pupils who plan to further their studies in British universities are advised to take the IELTS* in Year 12 (Première).
  • LV2: 3 hours per week: German, Spanish, Italian or Russian.

-Latin: 3 hours per week or Greek: 3 hours per week.
-European section in English: 1 hour of English+1 hour of D.N.L. in English (History-Geography for ES and L; Maths for S)
-European section* in Italian, Spanish or German: 1 hour of language learning+1 hour of D.N.L.* (History and Geography).

►SIXTH FORM - terminale

  • LV1: English 3 hours per week; pupils work in streams.
  • LV2: 2 hours per week (German, Arabic, Spanish, Italian or Russian).

-Latin: 3 hours per week or Greek: 3 hours per week.
-European section*: 1 hour of English+1 hour of D.N.L. in English (History-Geography for sections ES and L; Maths for section S)
-European section* in Italian, Spanish or German: 1 hour of language learning+1 hour of D.N.L.



*International Section in English (S.I.) : This bilingual section officially recognised by France and subject to an authorisation published by the French Ministry for Education. It is characterised by a strong emphasis on the teaching of English language and culture on top of a D.N.L. (i.e. History-Geography) as early as Year 7. This section leads to the D.N.B.I exam (Diplôme National du Brevet mention Internationale) and can be continued in Years 11 to Sixth Form through the International Option of the Baccalauréat (O.I.B.).
The opening of an International Section was requested by the Lycée for the start of the 2013 school year. The Year 8 International Section class then opened in 2014. This section enrols pupils from the bilingual sections of our primary schools but can also enrol other pupils looking to substantially enhance their skills in English. However, given the high number of hours taught in English in this section, the addition of a second modern language is deferred to Year 9 (in 4e).

*E.C.L.A.: Additional Teaching in English : in secondary school, this additional teaching is mandatory from Year 8 to Year 10. The goal of E.C.L.A. is to familiarise pupils with the English language via subjects other than English, similarly to how they were taught in primary school.

  • Year 8 (5e): 30 minutes of mandatory E.C.L.A. in History-Geography.
  • Year 9 (4e): 1 hour of mandatory E.C.L.A. in Science
  • Year 10 (3e): 1 hour of mandatory E.C.L.A. in Maths

*European section : from Year 9 and in Year 10, pupils can choose to study in one of the following European sections: Spanish, German, Italian or Russian.
For each of these 4 alternatives, pupils must have started learning the language in Year 7 in order to be able to pursue their chosen option. Pupils enjoy 2 hours of language and civilisation teaching in the selected language.

  • In Year 11, pupils can opt for a European section in English, Italian, Spanish or German. They are then taught one hour of language and civilisation per week plus 1 hour of D.N.L. per week (non linguistic discipline).
  • In Year11 and in Sixth Form, the European section in English is also available. The D.N.L. is taught in History-Geography in educational tracks ES (economic and social sciences) and L (languages and literature), for Maths in educational track S (maths and sciences). European sections in Spanish, Italian and German are open to Year 12 pupils. German available in 2016 for 6th Form (terminale).

In both cases, the choice entails a stronger emphasis on the learning of a language. One of the aims of this educational track is to take the “European section” option at the Baccalauréat, option which comprises an oral exam in front of a teacher of the D.N.L. subject and a teacher of the language selected by the pupil; the option also comprises a written exam. A minimum grade of 12 out of 20 is required to get the “European Section” distinction on the Baccalauréat Diploma.

NB: The European Section in English is reserved for pupils who are not already bilingual in English, so as to enable them to achieve a higher level of English.

*D.N.L.: Non Linguistic Discipline : it is a subject such as History-Geography or Physics-Chemistry, whose content is unchanged regardless of the language in which it is taught. D.N.L. is available from Year 11, within the European Section framework. In Year 12, educational track ES benefits from D.N.L. teaching in History-Geography whereas educational track S. D.N.L.  is taught in Maths.

*I.E.L.T.S.: International English Language Testing System : this exam (oral and written) is essential for pupils looking to study in a British university and who have not passed the I.G.C.S.E. It is marked out of 9 points. Usually to grant pupils admission to universities it typically requires a score of 6, 8 or even 9 in the most prestigious ones. Once passed, the exam is valid for 2 years. The Lycée recommends taking this exam in December of Year 11. Given pupils’ level of English at our school, this exam generally requires little preparation.

  • IELTS or Proficiency? The IELTS exam’s advantage when compared to the Proficiency is that pupils can take the former when they feel they are ready, in an examination centre near their home.
  • For more information on the IELTS, visit their web site. Contact for information: Mr. Guérard, Deputy Headmaster, for any information for the French section for the IELTS.

Link to the English Department

*GCSE or IGCSE ? :
GCSE in English (General Certificate of Secondary Education). This national British qualification concerns Year 10 pupils (15/16 year- olds) and requires 2 years’ preparation. British universities recognise the GCSE in English as an indication of the required standards. The exam is composed of several items. Controlled assessments represent 60% of the final mark, (A* being the highest, followed by A, B, C, D, E, F, G and U, the latter being the lowest mark) for example: essays on studied literary works, literary essays and group activities.  The final exam accounts for no more than 40% of the mark. It consists in explaining and commenting on texts such as news articles which have not been studied in advance. The pupil must then write a literary essay.

IGCSE in English (International General Certificate of Education) this exam is granted the same recognition as the GCSE by British universities. It is marked in the same manner but without the controlled assessments. It consists of 2 written tests. The first of these is a commentary/analysis of texts and the other is literary essay. An oral test can also be taken but on a voluntary basis. Pupils of our Government approved classes can take the GCSE or the IGCSE, if they have reached the necessary level to do so.

However, in order to remain in compliance with French Education Ministry guidelines, the Lycée has been preparing willing pupils for the IGCSE since 2013. Pupils starting Year 10 in 2013/2014 can take the IGCSE exam at the end of Year 11(in 2015) if they so wish. Please note the following important information: pupils are advised that their GCSE (or IGCSE) results will be used by British universities in their admissions process after the Baccalauréat.  A poor GCSE (or IGCSE) result can be detrimental to pupils’ plans. That is why we urge pupils who do not feel that they are ready to opt instead for the IELTS certification.

Link  - English Department

How are level of English defined ? Pupils sit English tests at the end of the school year (or at the beginning of the school year for new arrivals) so as to determine their level according to the criteria set out by the common European languages framework. They are then allocated in group for levels A, B or C.