The new French course in Years 10 and 11 is a continuation of the work done in the previous years. The main aim of the course is to allow pupils to develop the ability to use French as a means of practical communication. A competent, accurate use of grammar will also be important. The language used will be as authentic and useful as possible, dealing with the themes and topics of:
Media and culture
Sport and leisure Hobbies/interests
Out and about
Family and friends
Lifestyle (healthy eating and exercise)
Travel and tourism
Eating, food, drink
Business, work and employment
Work experience/part-time jobs
Product or service information
Customer service and transactions
Cafs and restaurants
Dealing with problems
Future plans, education and work
Basic language of the internet
Simple job advertisements
Simple job applications and CV
School and college
Work and work experience
Four main skills are developed, understanding the written and spoken language and communicating in the written and spoken language. The listening and reading papers count for 20% each of the final marks. The speaking and writing play a more important role with each paper counting for 30% of the marks.
Students can be entered at either Foundation or Higher Level. The oral test will consist of two controlled assessment tasks, marked by the teacher and moderated by the exam board. Two written tasks will be completed in controlled conditions and be marked externally.
During the lessons, pupils will be expected to participate as actively as possible. They will prepare dialogues and role-plays with partners, small groups or with the teacher and learn to talk about themselves. There will be plenty of listening and reading comprehension practice, and pupils will learn grammar and writing skills. Pupils will be expected to do homework regularly and this could include learning by heart. Pupils should make a consistent effort throughout the two years. It is hoped that the language learned will be useful in later life and that the experience of learning French, though challenging, is a worthwhile and rewarding one.
Assessment in KS4
Your final GCSE grade will be based on a combination of controlled assessment (oral and written) and exams.
There are two tiers of assessment and they are divided up as follows:
Listening Test 20%
Foundation Tier 35 minutes + (5 minutes reading time)
Higher Tier 25 minutes + (5 minutes reading time)
Reading Test 20%
Foundation Tier 50 minutes
Higher Tier 35 minutes
Written Assessment 30%
2 Pieces of written assessment completed under controlled conditions
Speaking assessment 30%
Foundation Tier 4 – 6 mins per test (1 interaction, 1 presentation or question on a picture)
Higher Tier 4 – 6 mins per test (1 interaction, 1 presentation or question on a picture)
Throughout Year 10 we will be focusing on two themes for the speaking and writing tasks. This will enable the pupils to work at greater depth for these two skills and prepare those wishing to continue with French at AS/A2 levels.
The reading and listening papers will be taken at the end of Year 11. Speaking and writing skills will continue as additional skills during Year 11.