I was wondering the same thing after reading the MFL curriculum on the website. However, I remember asking about this during the open day (2 years ago) and I believe to be told that if the child was a native speaker, he/she would be offered an alternative language. Maybe I got confused (not an English Native Speaker myself), so worth confirming again during New Entrants Day.
One funny example is the staple of French learning - going to a cafÃ© or restaurant and ordering a drink or food. He's never had to do this, so yesterday he really didn't know what "l'addition" was. Obviously never listened to us either, not that we go out much!
The topics taught for GCSE are not always terribly relevant to every day life - I remember helping my daughter speak about ecology and pollution for her GCSE oral!
It would be nice if he could do another language as well rather than spend five years doing French, I guess, but he needs emotional maturity to do some of the required GCSE work that at present he doesn't have. So he still needs to study French as it is taught in the UK, just probably not with a class of beginners I think.
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