In year 7 students will continue to build on their language learning experience at KS2. The students in Key Stage 3 will develop their knowledge of French using our new course, “Studio”. The course has been written to reflect the world the students live in, using contexts familiar to them in their everyday lives. They will learn the volcabulary they need to communicate with young French people of their own age on topics that interest and stimulate them. They will gain an insight into the everyday life and culture of France and other French-speaking countries, encouraging intercultural understanding. Students will acquire the language through a wide range of activities including songs, poetry, games and ICT based activities.
The language department subscribes to the website “Linguascope” and has a French language assistant who runs French clubs as well as being on hand to help in some lessons. All of these elements help to bring the language to life. It is widely recognised that studying a language helps improve knowledge of your own language. Learning foreign language also helps to develop transferable skills such as perserverance, independence and resilience.
Students will be able to access the exercises from home using the username and password given to them by their French teacher. They will be able to listen to passages of French, read short texts in French as well as do exercises to help them learn vocabulary and grammar.
The GCSE French course builds upon the work covered in KS3. However the themes, vocabulary and grammar are explored at a higher level and in greater depth.
A range of topics are studied including identity and culture, local, national, international and global areas of interest and current and future study and employment. These are taught across all 4 skill areas (listening, speaking, reading and writing.)
You will have the opportunity of working with a foreign language assistant to help you to prepare for you speaking assessments and to provide a valuable cultural link to France and other French speaking countries. An optional visit to France may be offered as part of the course.
A languages qualification is looked upon very favourably in a wide variety of employment and further education. It is very relevant for jobs in the civil service, export, sales, marketing, journalism, secretarial work, speech therapy and the tourist industry. Languages are very valuable when combined with expertise in another area e.g. bilingual sales manager, bilingual engineer. Languages also help to develop numerous transferable skills such as effective communication, perseverance and flexible thinking.
All exams will be taken at the end of the 2 year course. Each skill area (listening, speaking, reading and writing) will be examined. Each skill will make up 25% of the final grade. Students can take the examinations at foundation or higher tier.
Paper 1: Listening. Questions to be answered in English and French.
Paper 2: Speaking. Role-play, discussion of a photo card and general conversation.
Paper 3: Reading. Questions to be answered in English and French and translation of a text into English.
Paper 4: Writing. Translation of words and texts into French and a structured writing task in French.