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French

Introduction

Bonjour et bienvenue! French is an important part of our successful MFL Faculty at the Academy. In this subject, you will learn about France and other French-speaking countries and cultures while developing a skill which is very highly valued by employers and universities alike.

The academy offers French from beginner to A Level. We have subscribed to ActiveLearn so that students studying GCSE in Years 9-11 can use online resources both in school and at home to develop their language skills using Studio for French.

French home learning is also fun on our languages website. This popular website is jam-packed with games and activities to help learners at every level to succeed in language learning and it is widely used by other top schools.

PACE - Years 7 & 8 

What will I study?

Year 7 Studio 1 Module 1 – Likes and dislikes, school equipment, descriptions - personality and appearance, family.
Module 2 - School subjects, time, school day, activities, food and drink, school life in France and other French-speaking countries.
Module 3 – Hobbies, computers and mobiles, saying how often and when you do things, sports.
Module 4 – Home town, directions, going out on the weekend, invitations, what you can do in town.
Module 5 - Holidays, activities, cafe drinks and snacks, higher numbers, future holiday plans.
Module 6 - Animals, writing a poem, describing a painting.

Year 8 Studio 2 Module 1 - TV programmes and films, reading, Internet activities, yesterday evening’s activities.
Module 2 - Information about Paris, past holidays, transport, time, the past tense, asking questions.
Module 3 – Personality, relations with others, music, clothes and colours, combining past, present and future tenses.
Module 4 - Where you live, rooms in the house, food and drink, meals, invitations, talking about events using three different tenses.
Module 5 - Talking about talents and ambitions, giving excuses, reasons and finding solutions, instructions, using a variety of structures (e.g. infinitives, superlatives, imperatives) and a variety of tenses (e.g. conditional, near-future, present and perfect) together.
Module 6 - Facts about France, world geography, French-speaking countries, planting a garden, The French Revolution.

How will I be assessed?

There will be an assessment at the completion of each module of work (generally once per half term). Assessments will cover the four language skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing.

Key Stage 4 – Years 9, 10 & 11 

What will I study?

The 3-year GCSE course will cover 3 main themes and within each of these themes, relevant topics:-

Year 9 focuses on topics such as Me, my family and friends, technology in everyday life, free-time activities and Customs and festivals in French- speaking countries/ communities.

Year 10 focuses on topics including Home town, neighbourhood and region, Social issues, Global issues and Travel and tourism

In Year 11, you will learn about My studies, Life at school/ college, Education post-16 and Jobs, career choices and ambitions

What skills will I develop?

There are four skills in languages – Listening, speaking, reading and writing. You will work on all four of these through lessons and home-learning tasks. However, learning French helps you to develop all sorts of other skills too:-

You will also develop other skills such as;

  • Communicating more effectively with others
  • Enhanced social skills
  • Self-confidence
  • Literacy skills in French and English improve greatly as we cover grammar points
  • Making new contacts and building relationships
  • Becoming more open-minded towards other cultures
  • Helping you if you want to learn other languages like Italian or Spanish
  • Giving you an advantage over others in the job market
How will I be assessed?

This subject is 100% end-of-course exam. Students are entered in the four skills at either Foundation Tier or Higher Tier. There will be regular practice assessments in all 4 skills – Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing and these will follow the format of the actual GCSE exams. They will take place in the lead-up to tracking but also as additional practice and homework tasks.

Paper 1: Listening 25%  Foundation Tier - 35 minutes         Higher Tier - 45 minutes

Paper 2: Speaking 25%  Foundation Tier - 7-9 minutes        Higher Tier - 10-12 minutes
                (comprises a role-play, a photo card and general conversation)

Paper 3: Reading   25%  Foundation Tier - 45 minutes         Higher Tier - 60 minutes
                (includes French-English translation)

Paper 4: Writing    25%  Foundation Tier - 1 hour                Higher Tier - 1 hour 15 minutes
               (includes English-French translation)

Key Stage 5 – Years 12 & 13 

What will I study?

This A level course offers students a rich and comprehensive insight into the social, political, intellectual and artistic culture of the countries/communities where French is spoken. There are two main areas of interest - social issues and trends and political and/or intellectual and/or artistic culture.

The themes and sub-themes are as follows:-

Social issues and trends

Being a young person in French-speaking society

  • Families and citizenship
  • Youth trends and personal Identity
  • Education and employment opportunities

Diversity and difference

  • Migration and integration
  • Cultural identity and marginalisation
  • Cultural enrichment and celebrating difference
  • Discrimination and diversity

Political and/or intellectual and/or artistic culture

Understanding the French-speaking world

  • Regional culture and heritage in France, French-speaking countries and communities
  • Media, art, film and music in the French-speaking world

France 1940-1950: The Occupation and post-war years

  • June 1940–May 1945
  • The cultural dimension in occupied France
  • 1945-1950
What skills will I develop?

You will develop further the skills that you learned through Key Stages 3 and 4. However, you will also learn how to work more independently, researching particular aspects of the course and using your initiative. You will be shown how to manage your time and workload effectively and keep up-to-date with current affairs and news about France and French society. You will further develop and utilise your skills in translation and your knowledge and command of grammar whilst also improving your essay-writing skills in the foreign language.

How will I be assessed?

There are three parts to the A Level exam which will be undertaken at the end of the two-year course:-

Component 1: Speaking - 30%.

Assessment conducted by a visiting examiner - 21 - 23 minutes (including 5 minutes preparation)

Task 1 - Presentation and discussion of independent research project

Task 2 - Discussion based on a stimulus card relating to one of the themes studied

Component 2: Listening, Reading and Translation - 50%.

Exam 2 hours 30 minutes. Section A: Listening, Section B: Reading, Section C: Translation from French into English and English into French.

Component 3: Critical and analytical response in writing (closed-book) - 20%.

An exam (2 hours) of two essays of approximately 300 words on each of 2 works studied. One is based on a literary work and the second is based on an additional literary work or film from a prescribed list.