The French Department aims to make the subject an enjoyable experience, to give a sense of achievement to each boy at a level appropriate to his ability and to provide intellectual stimulation. We aim for each boy to develop the ability to use French effectively in order to learn how to communicate using each of the four linguistic skills: speaking, listening, reading and writing. We want boys to develop a wider awareness of all matters French, be they cultural, literary, historical, architectural or culinary! To learn about French life, customs and traditions. A highlight of our language course at Ludgrove is the annual French trip to the Loire Valley for boys in their penultimate year. They undertake a number of structured language activities in the town as well as visiting a number of châteaux, a zoo, a winery, an aquarium – indeed anywhere that will lead to opportunities to use the four language learning skills listed above. The diary that they write becomes the basis of much of the oral and written French that leads to Common Entrance the following summer. Boys have commented that it is much easier in the classroom when they have seen the things that they are writing and speaking about.