Schools in Sri Lanka

Teaching of French as a foreign language in secondary schools

French language is taught as a foreign language in some sri lankan schools at the secondary level since over three decades. These schools follow the syllabus prepared by the National Institute of Education (NIE) which prepares syllabuses for all levels (pre school, primary and secondary) and for all the subjects taught in Sri Lankan schools.

The present syllabuses of the General Certificate of Education (Advanced level) and of the General Certificate of Education (Ordinary level) were designed by the NIE in 2009 respectively.

The G.C.E. (Ordinary level) is the first public exam in the secondary level and pupils follow this 2 year programme during their10th and 11th academic years. This examination is scheduled for December every year.

The G.C.E. (Advanced level) examination which is equivalent to French baccalaureate as a final exam at the end of the secondary school programme and qualifies students to enter the university, is held at the end of the 13th academic year. This examination is scheduled for August every year.

At the G.C.E. (O/L), the student prepares for 8 compulsory subjects during 2 years:

1. mother tongue (Sinhala or Tamil)

2. second language ( English)

3. mathematics

4. science

5. social studies

6. religion

7. aesthetic subject (dancing/music/art)

8. technologal studies

The student can select 3 extra subjects (maximum) for this exam but the school does not assure classes for them. For French, students follow classes at the Alliance française or take private tuition elsewhere.

At the G.C.E. (A/L), the student studies 3 subjects in the stream he or she has selected. The available streams are: science, maths, commerce and arts.

The Department of Examination which is under the Ministry of Education has the authority in conducting national examinations. For G.C.E. (A/L), this department prepares examinations in the following foreign languages: French, German, Japanese, Hindi and Arabic.

List of International Schools teaching French as a foreign language

Colombo and around...

Belvoir College International - 20, Dickman’s Road, Colombo 5.

Elizabeth Moir International School - 4/20, Thalakotuwa Gardens, Colombo 5.

Colombo International School - 28, Gregory’s Rd.,Colombo 7.

Asian International School - Thalakotuwa Gardens, Colombo 5.

Wycherly International School - 232, Bauddhaloka Mawatha,Colombo 7.

Leighton Park International - 148/2A Kinsey Road, Colombo 8.

Lyceum International School - Raymond Road, Nugegoda.

Royal Institute - Chapel Road, Nugegoda.

Colombo South International School - S Jayasinghe Mawatha, Kalubowila.

Overseas School of Colombo - Pelawatta, Battaramulla.

List of secondary schools - Western province

Ananda College

Kularathne Mw.Colombo 10

Tel: 2 69 55 03

Bishop’s College

Boyd Place Colombo 3

Tel: 2 42 26 91

Holy Family Convent

Bambalapitiya Colombo 4

Tel: 2 58 72 61

Ladies College

Sir Earnest de Silva Mw, Colombo 7

Tel: 2 57 43 03

Musaeus College

58 Rosmead Place Colombo 7

Tel: 2 69 50 48

Muslim Ladies College

Kensington Gardens Colombo 4

Tel: 2 58 86 66

Royal College

Race course av.Colombo 7

Tel: 2 6952 562

St. Bridget’s Convent

C.W.W.Kannangara MwColombo 7

Tel: 2 69 52 00

St. Paul’s Girls School

Milagiriya, Colombo 5

Tel: 2 58 82 21

Visakha Vidyalaya

Vajira Road Colombo 5

Tel: 2 58 82 29

Devi Balika Vidyalaya

Model Farm Road Colombo 8

List of secondary schools - Southern Province

Sujatha Balika Vidyalaya


St Mary’s Convent


St. Thomas Girls High School


Sacred Heart Convent


Southland College


Sangamitta College


List of secondary schools - Central Province

MahaMaya Girls College


Girls High School


Pushpadana Girls College


Good Shepherd Convent


Trinity College


Viharamahadevi Girls College


St Anthony’s Girls College


Badi-ud-in Mahmud Girls College


Hemamali Balika Maha Vidyalaya


Hillwood College


Kingswood College


Swarnamali Balika Maha Vidyalaya


St. Josephs Balika Maha Vidyalaya


Maliyadeva Boys College


Online 20/07/2011

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