French is spoken by over 200 million people around the world, it is an official language of 32 countries around the world as well as being one of the official languages used in the Olympics. Learning a language boosts your academic skills, French is the greatest source of vocabulary in the English language (so you will improve your English too!). Learning French will help you to learn other languages too. French can give you many opportunities and adventures in your career choices.
WHAT TOPICS WILL I STUDY DURING THE COURSE?
Students study all of the following themes on which the assessments are based during KS4.
Theme 1: Identity and culture: Me, my family and friends; Technology in everyday life; Free-time activities.
Theme 2: Local, national, international and global areas of interest: Home town and neighbourhood; Social and Global Issues; Travel and Tourism
Theme 3: Current and future study and employment: My studies; Life at school and college; Education post 16 and Jobs, future careers and ambitions.
WHAT SKILLS WILL I USE AND DEVELOP?
Pupils studying AQA French will be developing their Listening, Reading, Speaking and Writing skills. In order to be successful pupils are expected to carry out independent learning of vocabulary and to practice grammar regularly. Additional Listening and Reading practice will be provided as part of their homework schedule.
WHAT EXAMINATIONS WILL I TAKE?
GCSE French has a Foundation Tier (grades 1–5) and a Higher Tier (grades 4–9).
Students sit the following examinations:
Paper 1: Listening Paper – pupils respond to different types of spoken language across each of the themes. (25% of final Grade)
Paper 2: Speaking Exam – pupils are tested on their ability to speak the target language by describing a photo card, taking part in a role play activity and general conversation. (25% of final Grade)
Paper 3: Reading Paper – pupils answer questions based on a range of different situations and written language. There is also a translation activity from French to English. (25% of final Grade)
Paper 4: Writing Paper – Students are required to write independently in response to a range of stimuli provided by photo card (Foundation tier only), bullet points, creative writing based around structured points and translation from English to French. (25% of final Grade)
HOW WILL MY WORK BE ASSESSED?
GCSE students must take all four question papers (Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing) at the same tier. This will be determined by the teacher dependent on a review of a pupil’s attainment during the course where lessons are based on the skills required to ensure success in the examinations. This qualification is linear, as such students will sit all their exams at the end of the course. There is a high expectation that pupils learning French are committed to independently learning vocabulary and phrases to further increase their linguistic skills.
HOW WILL THE COURSE HELP ME WITH MY FUTURE CAREER?
Whilst languages are immediately associated with careers in translation, interpreting and teaching, there are many opportunities to couple languages with other skills that are required by the many multi-national organisations based around the world. This may be within the engineering industry, accounting, media, retail and supply chain operations, medical sector and countless other industries.
WHO SHOULD I CONTACT FOR MORE INFORMATION?
Mr Street or Mrs Blenkley