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French Revision

EXAM DATES - Summer 2019

Paper 1 - Listening 25% 14th May 2019 Morning

35 mins Foundation

45 mins Higher

Paper 2 - Speaking 25% 1st May tbc

21 mins Foundation

24 mins Higher

(including 12 mins preparation time)

Paper 3 - Reading 25% 14th May 2019 Morning 45 mins Foundation, 1 hour Higher
Paper 4 - Writing 25% 17th May 2019 Morning 1 hour Foundation, 1 Hour 15 Higher

All exam dates can be found here

Revision Guides

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.

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

 

Paper 1

Personal Learning Checklist

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

Example Exam Questions/Model Answers

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

Click Here

 

Revision Materials/Sharepoint

Bitesize

Vocaexpress

Paper 2

Personal Learning Checklist

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 2

Revision Materials/Sharepoint

Pink revision guide, BBC Bitesize.

Bitesize

Vocaexpress

Paper 3

Personal Learning Checklist

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)

 

Example Exam Questions/Model Answers

Example reading questions are in this specimen paper.

Foundation

Higher

Revision Materials/Sharepoint

Pink revision guide, BBC Bitesize.

Bitesize

Vocaexpress

 

Paper 4

Personal Learning Checklist

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

Example writing questions are in this specimen paper.

Foundation

Higher

 

Revision Materials/Sharepoint

Pink revision guide, BBC Bitesize.

Bitesize

Vocaexpress