LOTE stands for Languages other than English. Language plays an important part in our society and students have an opportunity to expand their cultural and linguistic understanding through their study of French. Beechworth Secondary College students learn French at both Year 7 and Year 8, then, at Year 9, French becomes an elective that students may select. VCE Units 1 and 2 are available in 2024.

The learning outcomes focus on the four strands of communication: Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing. Themes range from everyday interests in the middle years, such as self, family and home, school and leisure, food and shopping, sport, the Francophone world and cultural differences between France and Australia.

The course involves a wide range of activities which develop different forms of communication, performance and creation of pair work. These include:

  • word games and quizzes
  • role plays
  • surveys and interviews
  • skits and plays
  • letter and journal writing
  • reading booklets, magazines and other documents
  • investigation and discussion of different ways of life and the appreciation and analysis of art, song, verse and film.


Excursions to relevant restaurants, businesses, and cinemas have been designed to support and extend classroom teaching. Guest speakers and exchange students are also drawn upon to bring the language to life. A trip to a French speaking country is organised every two years, with the next trip being scheduled for 2024.

Students who have significant connection to a different language may qualify to continue their studies through our Distance Education program (conditions apply). For details see the Distance Education Policy or discuss with the Principal.