At Juja Preparatory and Senior Schools, we strive to educate the whole person. For this reason, there is a French Department whose core function is to ensure French language and culture is taught and exposed to learners from standard one to six in preparatory section. There are two lessons per week for each class, an oral lesson and a theory lesson. There are electronic and visual aids that are used to facilitate the teaching and learning of French. The school management also organizes for local and international trips to France to expose the students to the French culture and language.
Today we live in a country where the English and Kiswahili are still the main modes of communication in a number of sectors, but we may be heading into a future world where our children and grandchildren will no longer view these languages as the only dominant force in politics, education, economics, business, science and/or technology. In this probable future environment, our multilingual foreign competitors will have the advantage over bilingual Kenyans.
If we are serious about educating global leaders for tomorrow, we need to have students who can engage many different societies and be able to build cooperation between them. Foreign language must be an important part of this endeavour. The pursuit of foreign language education should not be considered a luxury to be sought by a few. Rather, foreign language instruction should be a core element to our education and taught as early as possible.
While some analysts say that English is becoming the international language of business and society, there’s never been a better time to learn a foreign language such as German, French or Japanese. Though such languages may not be quite as widespread as English, they offer rich sets of linguistics and innuendos not found in any dialect of English. The reasons for learning a new language are varied, but the importance of learning foreign languages is universal. They are as follows:
According to three studies by Bruck, Lambert, Tucker (1974), Hakuta (1986) and Weatherford (1986), children enrolled in foreign language courses demonstrate stronger cognitive skills, particularly in the area of creativity. An added bonus: those with competency (not necessarily fluency) in more than one language tend to have higher intelligence scores on standardized tests.
The department is organizing a day trip to Alliance Française of Nairobi to expose the learners and enhance their curiosity and knowledge on French language and culture.
FRENCH DEPARTMENT – JPS