French

Curriculum aims

The AQA French GCSE will enable our students to develop their language skills to their full potential, equipping them with the knowledge to communicate in a variety of contexts with confidence. We are passionate about the benefits that learning a language can bring. We strongly believe in languages as a skill for life and something students should find rewarding.

Paper 1: Listening (25%)

  • Section A - questions in English, to be answered in English.
  • Section B - questions in French, to be answered in French.

Paper 2: Speaking (25%)

Students to communicate effectively for a variety of purposes by completing the following tasks:

  • Role-play - responding appropriately to a situation.
  • Photo card - describing and narrating.
  • Conversation - communicating and interacting spontaneously.

Paper 3: Reading (25%)

  • 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 (approximately 35 words at Foundation Tier and 50 words at Higher Tier).

Paper 4: Writing (25%)

Foundation Tier:

  • Question 1 - list task (student produces six nouns)
  • Question 2 - message (student produces nine sentences in response to nine short tasks)
  • Question 3 - translation from English into French.
  • Question 4 - structured writing task (student responds to 5 compulsory bullet points, producing approximately 90 words in total) - there is a choice from two questions.

Higher Tier:

  • Question 1 - structured writing task (student responds to 5 compulsory bullet points, producing approximately 90 words in total) - there is a choice from two questions
  • Question 2 - open-ended writing task (student responds to four compulsory bullet points, producing approximately 150 words in total) - there is a choice from two questions
  • Question 3 - translation from English into French.

STEP 1

STEP 2

STEP 3

STEP 4

STEP 5

STEP 6

T'es branché(e) film, TV, literature

Paris je t'adore. Past tense holidays

Mon identité

Personal description, likes and dislikes

Chez moi, chez toi home life and celebrations

Quell talent! Modal verbs and imperatives

Découverte

Cultural of francophone countries, French revolution

Ces't perso

Likes and dislikes, description

Mon college

School life

Mes passetemps

Hobbies and opinions

Ma ville

Describing local area

3,2,1, partez

Future holiday plans

Studio découverte

Poetry

KS3

In KS3, pupils will study topics in line with the national curriculum and which link to the GCSE course. Topics are chosen to engage all pupils and provide challenge.Pupils are assessed at the end of each topic using GCSE style questions.

Department Statement

In the MFL Department, student outcomes are at the heart of everything we do. Our vision is that:

  • All students develop a passion for learning a language and can use language creatively and spontaneously.
  • Teachers provide imaginative lessons so that students can communicate enthusiastically.
  • All students are provided with opportunities for reading authentic resources and texts in the target language, including those they might wish to read for pleasure.
  • All students have a strong awareness of the culture of the countries where the language is spoken.

Careers

  • Cabin Crew
  • Journalism
  • Law
  • Interpreting and translation
  • Civil Service
  • Marketing and Sales

Many employers are also looking for employees who can demonstrate:

  • fantastic social skills
  • the ability to work in a team
  • outstanding communication skills
  • problem-solving skills
  • confidence
  • experience
  • open mindedness
  • flexibility

For further information, please contact Miss H Brooke Associate Assistant Principle, Curriculum Leader for MFL