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Welcome to the French Department

    

French Department Vision

Our vision is to continually improve standards through an engaging and challenging curriculum.   We will endeavour to ensure that all language learners develop the skills and confidence to help enhance their chances of employability in the wider world.  We will equip our young people with the skills to achieve their full potential in a climate of mutual respect and personal responsibility.

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French Curriculum

KS4 Curriculum

Year 9, 10 and 11 are working towards a full GCSE. They cover the topics below over a 3 year period which provides deep learning in preparation for their exams at the end of year 11.

Theme 1: Identity and culture. This covers the following four topics with related sub-topics.

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. This covers the following four topics with related sub-topics.

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 covers the following four topics:

Topic 1: My studies

Topic 2: Life at school/college

Topic 3: Education post-16

Topic 4: Jobs, career choices and ambitions


How do we assess students in French?

There is a rigorous assessment schedule within the French department. Students at both KS3 and KS4 are assessed in every topic using a variety of listening, speaking, reading and writing skills. 

KS4 students are given feedback in written format on a weekly basis and regular verbal feedback in each lesson.  KS3 are also given regular verbal feedback each lesson and written feedback once every 3 weeks.  Following feedback, students are given the opportunity to act on this and improve their own work.

Examination Information

French Listening and Reading Exams are scheduled to take place on the morning of Tuesday 16th May (date to be confirmed).

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 the exams are conducted at the end of the course.

 

 

What is assessed

How it is assessed at foundation level

 

How it is assessed at higher level

Paper 1 Listening

Understanding and responding to different types of spoken language.

Written exam.

35 minutes including 5 minutes reading time.

40 marks.

 

Written exam.

45 minutes including 5 minutes reading time.

50 marks.

25% of the overall grade.

Section A – questions in English, to be answered in English.

Section B – questions in French, to be answered in French.

Paper 2 Speaking

Communicating and interacting effectively in speech for a variety of purposes.

Non-exam assessment.

7–9 minutes in total plus preparation time.

60 marks.

Role play

2 minutes.  (15 marks)

Photocard

2 minutes.

(15 marks)

Conversation 3-5 minutes. (30 marks)

 

Non-exam assessment.

10-12 minutes in total plus preparation time.

60 marks.

Role play

2 minutes. 

(15 marks)

Photocard

3 minutes.

(15 marks)

Conversation 5-7 minutes. (30 marks)

25% of the overall grade.

The format is the same at Foundation Tier and Higher Tier, but with different stimulus questions for the Photo card and different stimulus materials for the Role-play.

Paper 3 Reading

Understanding and responding to different types of written language.

Written exam.

45 minutes.

60 marks.

Written exam.

1 hour.

60 marks.

25% of the overall grade.

Section A – questions in English, to be answered in English.

Section B – questions in French, to be answered in French.

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

Paper 4

Writing

Communicating effectively in writing for a variety of purposes

Written exam.

1 hour.

50 marks.

Written exam.

1 hour 15 minutes.

60 marks.

25% of the overall grade.

Question 1 – write a message.

8 marks.

Question 2 – write a short passage. 

16 marks.

Question 3 – translation from English into French.

10 marks.

Question 4 – structured writing task.   16 marks

25% of the overall grade.

Question 1 – structured writing task. 16 marks.

Question 2 – open-ended writing task.

32 marks.

Question 3 – translation from English into French.

12 marks.

 

Homework Expectations

Within the French department, homework is set on a regular basis using Show My Homework.  Key Stage 3 are issued vocabulary learning on a weekly basis and are tested on this each week.  Similarly Key Stage 4 are also issued vocabulary learning alongside topical worksheets and exam questions on a weekly basis.

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Head of French

Mrs. T. Stathers

01482 879967