French is a major world language in the world. It is spoken as the first language in more than two dozen countries on five continents and it is an official language in 33 countries and many international organisations such as the United Nations and the European Union.
Australia and the French-speaking world have shared history since the first French explorers in Australia in the eighteenth century. These explorers were followed by prisoners, refugees and government officials who involved themselves in trade, commerce and agriculture. Today Australia and the French-speaking world share strong connections in trade, investment, research and education. France is a leading destination for Australian travelers and an increasing number of French young adults come to Australia on a Working Holiday Visa.
French has been taught in Australian schools and universities since the 1880s. The French program at Kororoit Creek has been developed as a transdisciplinary subject area within an IBO-PYP setting. All year levels will inquire to different aspects of the French culture and be exposed to the French language. The classroom teachers and the French teacher will work in a collegial manner to develop learning experiences to encourage Curiosity about worldwide languages and cultures.