The 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 their languages 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:
Themes for writing and speaking papers:
1. Media and culture, Music/film/reading, Fashion/celebrities/religion, Blogs/internet
2. Sport and leisure Hobbies/interests, Sporting events, Lifestyle choices
3. Travel and tourism, Holidays, Accommodation, Eating, food, drink
4. Business, work and employment, Work experience/part-time jobs. Product or service information
Topics for reading and listening papers
Out and about
Customer service and transactions
Cafes and restaurants
Dealing with problems
Family and friends
Lifestyle (healthy eating and exercise)
Future plans, education and work
Basic language of the internet
Simple job advertisements
Simple job applications and CV
School and college
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 speaking 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 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 a language, though challenging, is a worthwhile and rewarding one.
Areas Studied in KS4
All students studying the Linear Course follow the Edexcel syllabus which focuses on the study of practical everyday situations, including family and friends, shopping, holidays, careers, the environment and living abroad. You will extend your expertise in the four skills:
With the new examination from 2009, teachers and pupils have much more control over the content of the speaking and the writing assessments. This will allow for greater freedom in choosing topics to study.
Assessment in KS4
As you may know, the GCSE course for 2009 onwards has changed and, as a consequence so have the topics studied and the order in which exams will be taken. Pupils will take the first of two speaking exams as part of their Year 10 exams and the second as part of their Year 11 Mocks. Controlled written assessments will be taken at the same times. Reading and Listening papers will be taken in the same way at the end of Year 11.
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 25 minutes + (5 minutes reading time)
higher Tier 35 minutes + (5 minutes reading time)
Reading Test 20%
Foundation Tier 35 minutes
Higher Tier 50 minutes
Written assessment 30%
2 Pieces of written assessment completed under controlled conditions
Speaking assessment 30%
1 interaction, 1 presentation or questions on a picture
Foundation Tier 4 – 6 mins per test
Higher Tier 4 – 6 mins per test