At LFIM, bilingualism is an inherent part of our students’ school life. Over the course of the day, they move seamlessly between our two core languages and cultures within an international environment. Be it in the classroom or on the playground, in the premises or at home, they engage with French and English speaking teachers, coaches, parents, staff, and each other.
From Pre-Kindergarten till the 5th Grade, the curriculum is taught fifty percent in English and fifty percent in French by two teachers who are native speakers of the aforementioned languages.
From Grade 6 to 12, students spend 16 hours in French that cover core subjects of the curriculum such as French Literature and Language, Maths, Sciences, History, Geography, Socio-Economic Sciences and spend 12 hours in English studying Arts, English Language and Drama and Sports.
Additionally, students choose Spanish and/or German as a third language(s).
Learning a language is a rewarding intellectual adventure for young minds. Becoming truly bilingual, especially in our culturally immersive environment, encourages our students to embrace other cultures. They gain a deeper understanding of the values, beliefs and customs of other ways of life. We cannot think of a more valuable preparation for life in our globally connected century. Today, command over the English language is considered a basic requirement. Knowing French simultaneously guarantees access to many doors previously thought closed.
We follow the French Baccalaureate curriculum overseen by the Agency for French Education Abroad (AEFE) a network connecting more than 532 schools in 139 countries. The AEFE is the guarantor of the French education system abroad. It plays a key role in expanding France’s cultural and linguistic influence throughout the world and serves to boost the appeal of French higher education.
Accreditation by the French Ministry of Education certifies that the teaching provided by the school complies with the demands, curriculum, teaching objectives and organizational rules of the French education system. All students from accredited schools can pursue their education in another French school without having to take an entry examination.
This certification also allows for a seamless transition for students wishing to pursue higher education in France after their schooling, or other Francophone countries and indeed, most of the world!
The French and Indian governments have signed an agreement to facilitate mutual recognition of academic qualifications. As a consequence, the French Certificate issued after completion of secondary school education known as the ‘Baccalauréat’ is now equivalent to the school leaving Certificates issued by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) or other secondary, intermediate and pre-university educational establishments recognized by the Republic of India.
Hear from those who experience the benefits of being bilingual, our students!