Modern Languages


Learning both French and English opens a world of opportunities to the learners. One can go almost anywhere in the world and be able to communicate with people.

At Cavina, pupils are first introduced to the basics of French through learning the vocabulary of common objects and expressions used on a daily basis. We believe in creating an interest in and love of the language from a child’s very first encounter with French in Form I. Here, work is to a large extent oral. Basic vocabulary aside, children are exposed to interesting stories relating to France, some French personalities and the country in general, not forgetting famous monuments and other tourist attractions. This background information helps to set the pupils on their French journey by setting the language in context and generating a fascination of France and its culture.

In the early years of study, the emphasis is never on grammar. This is introduced is to the pupils in Form IV where vocabulary is also widened. At this point we stress spelling, sentence structure and general expression as we improve reading and essay writing skills. Listening skills are enhanced through the use of recordings. This aims to inspire confidence in pupils as they listen to other children speaking. Watching the occasional film in French brings out a practical angle of learning, with pupils seeing the language used in a less artificial setting. In Lower and Upper VI we introduce role-playing, which offers good practice in the oral aspect of the language. It involves pupils taking up different roles and practising with each other. Preparation for the final Common Entrance exam involves working with past papers and exam-style questions.

We believe this course lays a solid foundation in French, whether pupils take it at secondary school level or encounter the language again in later life.


Kiswahili is not only one of Kenya’s official languages it is a tongue with a great history and a great cultural tradition. Furthermore, it is an increasingly important regional language that is used in several African countries.

Kiswahili lessons at Cavina are stimulating, engaging and a highlight of the week for many pupils.

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