Modern Languages

Members of Staff:

  • Mrs. Benallal (Head of Department)

  • Mr. Woodward

  • Mrs. Alton

  • Mrs. Higgins

  • Mrs. Kennedy


In Fort Hill College French is studied by all pupils at KS3, and some pupils will also study German. Some of the topics we study at this stage include:

  • Talking about pets

  • Describing myself

  • Ordering food and drink in a café

We also hold special events throughout the year such as cinema trips, a visit to the Continental Market, and a celebration of European Day of Languages.

Success is celebrated in both languages through a Linguist of the Term award.


At Key Stage Four pupils have the option of choosing GCSE French or German. Pupils will build on their thorough learning at Key Stage 3 and will be assessed in 4 areas:

  • Speaking 30%

  • Writing 30%

  • Listening 20%

  • Reading 20%

In this CCEA qualification, pupils will complete one Speaking and one Writing task in both years 11 and 12. In year 12 they will sit one Listening and one Reading paper, both of which are available at Foundation or Higher level.

Les Visiteurs!

On Wednesday 3rd April, a group of 50 French students and 4 teachers spent the afternoon at Fort Hill Integrated College. The French pupils attend Collège Pierre Dézarnaulds in Chatillon sur Loire and were on a week-long trip to Ireland, spending time in Dublin, Derry, Belfast and Lisburn.

Pupils were welcomed by principal Mr. Millar and language teachers, Mrs. Higgins and Mrs. Alton as well as the Y12 GCSE French class.

Some of the French visitors spent time in art or English lessons, creating a jigsaw collage or taking part in a debate on school uniform.

The majority of pupils took part in PE where PE Staff, Mr. McConnell and Mrs. Mc Geary delivered a Gaelic Football Session.

Both staff and pupils thoroughly enjoyed the experience and we hope to continue to establish the relationship between our two schools in the future.