French is taught for two lessons per week in Year 7, 8 and 9. Teachers incorporate a variety of software and resources to deliver varied, fun and interactive lessons covering a broad selection of subjects. Those include greetings, numbers and the alphabet, daily routines, hobbies, media, and describing past/present/future experiences and complex sentence structure.
Teachers will use French to deliver their lessons whenever possible enabling students to gain confidence in understanding, following and translating instructions in the target language. Students’ skills in speaking, writing, listening and reading are regularly assessed to promote a sense of progression.
Students are taught in form groups throughout Year 7. In Year 8, students are put into either one support group or are taught in set classes. In Year 9, students are split into sets reflecting their interest and the progress achieved in Year 7 and 8.
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French at GCSE Level is an opportunity to build on the skills gained in the previous years and to develop a much greater linguistic capability. Students study six main topic areas:
- Personal Relationships
- Home Life
Why is this subject important?
This subject is important because we live in a global community and international communication is increasingly crucial. In the world of work, the ability to speak foreign languages is highly regarded and financially rewarded. French is spoken in all continents and it is one of the official working languages of both the European Union and the United Nations – not to mention the Olympic Committee.
Learning a language opens the door to a world of international travel and developing cultural awareness. The current government have introduced the English Baccalaureate as a measure of student achievement. This qualification is becoming increasingly important for students applying for University. In order to be awarded an EBacc students must achieve an A*- C in a modern foreign language.
What skills will I use?
The modern language classroom is an engaging and challenging place to be. Fast-paced lessons see activities switch from game-playing and creative role-play to writing, proof reading and grammatical focus; from discussion and the articulation of ideas to listening out for detail in a variety of sources; from whole-class repetition to individual speaking practice with the Foreign Language Assistant.
In order to ensure fair coverage of all four skills – listening, speaking, reading and writing – homework also varies between preparation of written or spoken tasks, online activities, research, and vocabulary learning to prepare the coming lessons or consolidate the past ones.
What are the controlled assessment requirements?
There will be five written assessments undertaken in controlled conditions, both in speaking and in writing. Listening and reading exams take place at the end of the course and are prepared through the two years of the course during lesson activities and vocabulary learning.
How will the final grade be awarded?
The four skills – listening, speaking, reading and writing are weighted as follows:
- Listening – 20%
- Reading – 20%
- Speaking (2 topics) – 30%
- Writing (2 topics) – 30%
Any extra-curricular activities?
There is a film club available for KS4. A Foreign Language Assistant is available for one-to-one speaking practice. There are support and stretch up clinics on Tuesdays and Thursdays after school.
Progression – careers and further study
A GCSE in French is the basis for further study at A-Level or equivalent. It also provides an understanding of language learning which will help in the study of other languages. A language is now frequently a modular component in many degrees, and both employers and colleges often offer the opportunity to study or work abroad in many other fields than languages (Medicine, Business, Law, Tourism, etc.)
Languages are important both at home and abroad. A language amongst your qualifications makes you a more desirable applicant for jobs and college places.
If you need further advice, who should students speak to?
Speak to any member of staff in the Languages Department if you would like more advice or details.