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French

FRENCH DEPARTMENT

AIMS

  1. To enable learners of all ages and abilities to use the foreign language for the purpose of communication, by providing an enjoyable and stimulating language learning experience.
  2. To foster the ability to collect and exchange information, ideas and attitudes through the medium of the foreign language.
  3. To stimulate and maintain interest and enjoyment in the culture of the foreign country and to raise awareness of multicultural issues.
  4. To establish an awareness of the language learning process, thereby facilitating the learning of other languages.
  5. To promote a range of learning styles from communicative teaching to self-access study.
  6. To help learners reach a level of achievement which will, where applicable, facilitate access into further education or career choice.

KEY STAGE 3

Pupils at Key Stage 3 study French using a motivating and integrated programme of study where they learn the skills and knowledge to develop their understanding and language learning further. ICT plays an important role through the use of our interactive whiteboard and interactive language packages. Oral activities ensure that pupils are able to communicate effectively in the foreign language, allowing them to develop and extend their spoken French. Opportunities are provided for pupils to read for pleasure in the foreign language and they are able to use a variety of texts containing a range of structures and vocabulary to develop their reading skills. Pupils write on a range of topics, both creative and factual, including producing more extended writing, using a variety of vocabulary and structures and often using more complex language. Pupils’ progress is monitored and assessed by end of module tests in all key skill areas.

GCSE French (WJEC)

The WJEC GCSE French specification enhances pupils’ European and global awareness. There are opportunities to explore the spiritual, moral, ethical and cultural dimensions of topics studied. Opportunities will also be provided for pupils to develop their Key Skills. The specification enables pupils to develop an understanding of the language in a variety of contexts, the ability to communicate effectively in the language, knowledge of the language and language learning and an awareness and understanding of countries where the language is spoken.

Unit 1: Listening (20%).

Written Paper: approx. 35 minutes (F) approx. 45 minutes (H).

40 marks.

Listening Comprehension with non-verbal responses and verbal

responses in English/Welsh.

Unit 2: Speaking (30%).

Controlled Assessment (untiered).

40 marks.

Two tasks: Structured Conversation, Presentation and Discussion.

Unit 3: Reading (20%).

Written Paper: 35 minutes (F) 45 minutes (H).

40 marks.

Reading comprehension with non-verbal and verbal responses in

English/Welsh.

Unit 4: Writing (30%).

Controlled Assessment (untiered).

40 marks.

Two written tasks from different contexts.

  • Personal and Social Life.
  • Local Community.
  • The World of Work.
  • The Wider World.

Self, family, friends, home life, shopping, meals, healthy living, illness and accident, free time, fashion, relationships, future plans.

Home town, school, education, local environment, pollution, recycling, local facilities, comparisons with other towns and regions, weather and seasons.

Work experience, part-time jobs, future careers, technology (sending messages, accessing information).

Travel and holidays, media, social issues (e.g. life of young people today, homelessness, crime, drugs, healthy living, religion, politics), life in the countries and

communities where the language is spoken.

A Level French (WJEC)

Advanced Subsidiary (AS) and Advanced (A) Level GCE French is designed for students who have developed a range of language skills and wish to extend their studies further. The course aims to provide opportunities for students to maintain breadth within their language studies. The WJEC specification enhances students’ European and global awareness. There are opportunities to explore the spiritual, moral, ethical and cultural dimensions of the topics studied and to contribute to students’ environmental education including sustainable development. Opportunities will be provided for students to develop their Key Skills.

AS Level French (2 units).

l  FN1 – Oral, 20%, 12-15 minutes.

l  Examiner-led discussion of topics.

l  General conversation.

l  FN2 – Listening, Reading, Writing, 30%, 2.5 hours.

l  Listening and Responding.

l  Reading and Responding.

l  Grammar tasks.

l  Translation French – English.

l  Essay.

A Level French (AS plus a further 2 units).

l  FN3 – Oral, 20%, 15-20 minutes.

l  Structured Discussion.

l  Exposé (Literature “L’Etranger” – Camus, “Le Silence de la Mer – Vercors).

l  FN4 – Listening, Reading, Writing, 30%, 3 hours.

l  Listening and Responding.

l  Reading and Responding.

l  Translation English – French.

l  Guided Studies essay (Literature “L’Etranger” – Camus, “Le Silence de la Mer – Vercors).

Students are required to have a sound knowledge of grammar. The course involves a great deal of learning, individual reading and research. It is recommended that students have at least a grade C at GCSE.