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General Subject Information

French is an academic subject that opens doors, broadens the mind and offers an insight into other countries and cultures.  In our multi-cultural society there’s never been a better time to learn a foreign language such as French.  The main benefits of learning a language are: enhanced job opportunities/salary and improves your CV, improves opportunities for sixth form and higher education, improves memory and brain function – allowing you to perform better in other academic subjects.  You also improve your English -Learning a foreign language draws your focus to the mechanics of language: grammar, conjugations, and sentence structure.  This makes you more aware of language, and the ways it can be structured and manipulated.  These skills can make you a more effective writer and help improve your English GCSE grade.

Mr Prentice, Lead Learner of Modern Foreign Languages.

KS3 Subject Information - Year 7

All Year 7 study French in Terms 4-6, covering the following topics:

  • Term 4: Talking about myself and others
  • Term 5: Hobbies
  • Term 6: School

KS3 Subject Information - Year 8 & Year 9

Year 8

Term 1 Media

Term 2 Tourism

Term 3 My Identity

Term 4 Where I live

Term 5 My talents

Term 6 French Speaking world

 

Year 9

Term 1 Social Media

Term 2 Healthy Living

Term 3 Jobs

Term 4 Holidays

Term 5 Social Issues

Term 6 Revision/Begin GCSE course

Year 10 and Year 11 GCSE subject Information

  Term 1 Term 2 Term 3 Term 4 Term 5 Term 6
Year 10 Family /relationships Free time Customs and Festivals Where I live Holidays

School

EOY revision

Year 11 My Career Local and Global Issues Exam Preparation /Practice Exam Preparation /Practice Exam  

How the course is assessed?

The GCSE consists of 4 units: Writing 25%, Speaking 25%, Reading 25% and Listening 25%.  These components are all taken at the end of this linear course. 

GCSE French - Course Information

 

Staff

HOMEWORK

Revision

General Information (Useful Information for Parents)

All MFL students have bought or been loaned a Pearson MFL GCSE 9-1 Revision Guide, this contains everything they need to know and be able to do for their exams. In addition to these, below are a number of useful websites that can be accessed by students for further revision help.

There is also a wealth of French speaking resources on the Student Shared area on Sharepoint.

GCSE French has a Foundation Tier (grades 1–5) and a Higher Tier (grades 4–9). Students must take all four question papers at the same tier. All question papers must be taken in the same series.  We follow the AQA syllabus.

The papers assess the following three themes, divided into sub-topics.

THEME 1: IDENTITY AND CULTURE

Topic 1: Me, my family and friends
  • Relationships with family and friends
  • Marriage/partnership
Topic 2: Technology in everyday life
  • Social media
  • Mobile technology
Topic 3: Free-time activities
  • Music
  • Cinema and TV
  • Food and eating out
  • Sport
Topic 4: Customs and festivals in French-speaking countries/communities

 

THEME 2: LOCAL, NATIONAL, INTERNATIONAL AND GLOBAL AREAS OF INTEREST

Topic 1: Home, town, neighbourhood and region
Topic 2: Social issues
  • Charity/voluntary work
  • Healthy/unhealthy living
Topic 3: Global issues
  • The environment
  • Poverty/homelessness
Topic 4: Travel and tourism

 

THEME 3: CURRENT AND FUTURE STUDY AND EMPLOYMENT

Topic 1: My studies
Topic 2: Life at school/college
Topic 3: Education post-16
Topic 4: Jobs, career choices and ambitions

 

Useful revision websites -

BBC Education - www.bbc.com/education/subjects/z9dqxnb

www.vocabexpress.com  - App available on Apple App Store/Google Play Store

Personal Learning Checklist = Paper 1 Personal Learning Checklist = Paper 2

Listening – Revision topics can be found in General Information Section

What's assessed

Understanding and responding to different types of spoken language

How it's assessed
  • Written exam: 35 minutes (Foundation Tier), 45 minutes (Higher Tier)
  • 40 marks (Foundation Tier), 50 marks (Higher Tier)
  • 25% of GCSE

(Each exam includes 5 minutes’ reading time of the question paper before the listening stimulus is played.)

Please practice the following types of question using revision guide and BBC Bitesize.

Questions

Foundation Tier and Higher Tier

  • Section A – questions in English, to be answered in English or non-verbally
  • Section B – questions in French, to be answered in French or non-verbally

Speaking - Revision topics can be found in General Information Section

What's assessed

Communicating and interacting effectively in speech for a variety of purposes

How it's assessed
  • Non-exam assessment
  • 7–9 minutes (Foundation Tier) + preparation time
  • 10–12 minutes (Higher Tier) + preparation time
  • 60 marks (for each of Foundation Tier and Higher Tier)
  • 25% of GCSE

Please practice the following types of tasks using the questions you have prepared in class and using your revision guide.

  • Role-play – 15 marks (2 minutes at Foundation Tier; 2 minutes at Higher Tier)
  • Photo card – 15 marks (2 minutes at Foundation Tier; 3 minutes at Higher Tier)
  • General conversation – 30 marks (3–5 minutes at Foundation Tier; 5–7 minutes at Higher Tier
Example Exam Questions/Model Answers = Paper 1 Example Exam Questions/Model Answers = Paper 2

Example listening questions can be found in the ‘test area’ of BBC Bitesize GCSE French.

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Paper 2

Personal Learning Checklist = Paper 3 Personal Learning Checklist = Paper 4

 

Reading - Revision topics can be found in General Information Section

What's assessed

Understanding and responding to different types of written language

How it's assessed
  • Written exam: 45 minutes (Foundation Tier), 1 hour (Higher Tier)
  • 60 marks (for each of Foundation Tier and Higher Tier)
  • 25% of GCSE

Please practice the following types of tasks using the practice paper below and using your revision guide.

Questions

Foundation Tier and Higher Tier

Section A – questions in English, to be answered in English or non-verbally

Section B – questions in French, to be answered in French or non-verbally

Section C – translation from French into English (a minimum of 35 words for Foundation Tier and 50 words for Higher Tier)

Writing - Revision topics can be found in General Information Section

What's assessed

Communicating effectively in writing for a variety of purposes

How it's assessed
  • Written exam: 1 hour (Foundation Tier), 1 hour 15 minutes (Higher Tier)
  • 50 marks at Foundation Tier and 60 marks at Higher Tier
  • 25% of GCSE

Please practice the following types of tasks using the practice paper below and using your revision guide.

Questions

Foundation Tier

Question 1 – message (student produces four sentences in response to a photo) – 8 marks

Question 2 – short passage (student writes a piece of continuous text in response to four brief bullet points, approximately 40 words in total) – 16 marks

Question 3 – translation from English into French (minimum 35 words) – 10 marks

Question 4 – structured writing task (student responds to four compulsory detailed bullet points, producing approximately 90 words in total) – there is a choice from two questions – 16 marks

Higher Tier

Question 1 – structured writing task (student responds to four compulsory detailed bullet points, producing approximately 90 words in total) – there is a choice from two questions – 16 marks

Question 2 – open-ended writing task (student responds to two compulsory detailed bullet points, producing approximately 150 words in total) – there is a choice from two questions – 32 marks

Question 3 – translation from English into French (minimum 50 words) – 12 marks

Example Exam Questions/Model Answers = Paper 3 Example Exam Questions/Model Answers = Paper 4

Example reading questions are in this specimen paper.

Foundation

Higher

Example writing questions are in this specimen paper.

Foundation

Higher

Revision Materials/Sharepoint

Pink revision guide, BBC Bitesize.

Bitesize

Vocaexpress

 

Job Opportunities / Careers

To learn a foreign language is to see the world anew. You are as many people as the languages you speak. The business world is in need of people who are multi-lingual because of the global economy. You will be an asset to any business with more than one language at your disposal. In today’s global economy such opportunities are constantly expanding.

Pearson Education and Skills Survey 2019, Education and Learning for the Modern World shows the major European languages most commonly in demand among businesses are Spanish (35%) and French (32%).

People who can speak another language earn on average 20% more than people who do not.

Some of the occupations involving languages are…

  • Computer programmer
  • Customer support adviser
  • Executive search consultant
  • Cultural briefing consultant
  • Interpreter
  • Teacher
  • Language trainer
  • Translator
  • Engineering
  • Banking
  • Civil service
  • Travel and tourism
  • Secretary/PA
  • Marketing
  • Public relations
  • Pharmaceutical work
  • Journalism and media
  • Transport and distribution
  • Website localiser