French

GCSE French 2016-18 (YEAR 10)

Course Title

GSCE French

Examination Board

Edexcel

Qualification

GCSE

Specification

GCSE – 1FR0

QN Code

601/8708/6

Link to specification

https://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcel-gcses/french-2016.html

Summary of course content

You will cover a variety of topic areas including your life, home and local environment, school life and the world of work, youth culture, free time and holidays. You will also be given the opportunity to improve your written and spoken communication skills as well as deepening your understanding of the Spanish culture and language. Lessons will include the opportunity to listen to contemporary Spanish language, music, undergo web research and use ICT to create multimedia presentations.

How will I be assessed?

There are four exams taken at the end of the course – Listening,  Speaking, Reading and Writing - for which students can be entered at either Higher or Foundation level depending on the results of their practice assessments prior to the summer exams. The length of the exams (at Higher level) are:-

  • Listening – 45 minutes
  • Speaking – 10-12 mins
  • Reading – 1 hour
  • Writing – 1 hour 20 minutes

What type of activities take place in lessons?

Lessons will involve activities designed to allow students to practise all four skills of Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing, whether working as a class, by themselves or in groups. Use will also be made of the interactive whiteboard, videos, DVDs and internet in order to introduce and consolidate vocabulary and grammar points. Some time will also be devoted to sample paper practice in order to hone students’ exam technique and assess whether students are still on track for their target grade. In addition, there will be time given to learn and practice the new technique of translation and there will be an emphasis on spontaneous speech (rather than scripted) in all speaking tasks. Students will require use of a dictionary for reading and listening exercises at home. Textbooks will be provided.

What type of homework tasks will be set?

Students will be expected to complete both ‘learning’ and ‘producing’ homeworks.  Often they will be expected to learn words and consolidate their work from class. On other occasions they will be asked to put together the ideas, phrases and grammar from recent lesson in an extended text.  This text will be graded against GCSE criteria to give an indication of how they are performing. 

Useful links

http://www.languagesonline.org.uk

Various language learning activities

http://www.4learning.co.uk/sites/extra

Extr@ Channel 4 (fun stuff including online shopping exercises and even mock online dating if you're brave!)
http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/spanish

BBC Bitesize (exam-style exercises and good tips)

www.linguascope.com

Students can get the username and password from their teacher and use the 'intermediate' level - very challenging!

http://www.reall-languages.com

Reall Language (vocabulary building games) http://www.quia.com/shared/spanish

Quia (vocabulary building games)

http://www.spellmaster.com/downloads.htm

Spellmaster (vocabulary building games)

http://uk.youtube.com

Youtube (lots of foreign language clips)

How will this help students in the future?

Learning a foreign language is becoming an increasingly sought after skill. You do not need to be fluent in a language in order for it to help you in your career, so even if you do not continue after GCSE, you will be recognised (and paid!) accordingly. Learning a foreign language encompasses a whole range of skills which are essential for your future. Linguists learn how to communicate effectively both in their writing and speaking. You also train to listen for key details and to read using different techniques such as skim reading, reading for detail and reading for inference. All of these skills make you more employable and show a potential employer you have broad horizons.

In the shorter term, languages are seen as a strong academic subject to study and are well thought of by colleges and universities.  Showing that you have studied languages can give a wider choice of courses that are open to you.

How will this course build on Key Stage 3?

You will come across some familiar topic areas but the depth in which you cover them and the way in which you are taught will be very different. There will be an emphasis on using authentic materials such as TV programmes, songs and films to help you understand that learning French is not just about learning a language but also about exploring a culture.

What Skills will I develop?

Confidence in speaking, presentation skills, better knowledge of grammar (in English too!), communication skills, memorising skills, identifying important parts of texts quickly (scanning), skim reading, listening skills, cultural awareness....

 

GCSE French  2016-17 (YEAR 11) LEGACY SYLLABUS

Course Title

GCSE French

Examination Board

AQA

Qualification

4658

Specification

GCSE

QN Code

500/4470/9

Link to specification

http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/languages/gcse/french-4655/spec-at-a-glance

Summary of course content

You will cover a variety of topic areas including your life, home and local environment, school life and the world of work, youth culture, free time and holidays. You will also be given the opportunity to improve your written and spoken communication skills as well as deepening your understanding of the French culture and language. Lessons will include the opportunity to listen to contemporary French language, music, undergo web research and use ICT to create multimedia presentations.

How will I be assessed?

There are two exams taken at the end of the course - Listening and Reading - for which students can be entered at either Higher or Foundation level depending on the results of their practice assessments prior to the summer exams. The length of the exams (at Higher level) are:-

  • Listening - 45 minutes
  • Reading - 50 minutes

Written assessments and speaking assessments are carried out repeatedly throughout Years 10 and 11 to ensure students produce the very best written and spoken work of which they are capable. Controlled speaking assessments last 4-6 minutes and a total of two must be completed by the end of the course. Controlled writing assessments are completed under exam conditions but are prepared in advance and should be approximately 200-300 words in length. As with the speaking, any number can be completed over the course, but two assignments must be submitted by the end of the course.

What type of activities take place in lessons?

Lessons will involve activities designed to allow students to practise all four skills of Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing, whether working as a class, by themselves or in groups. Use will also be made of the interactive whiteboard, videos, DVDs and internet in order to introduce and consolidate vocabulary and grammar points. Some time will also be devoted to past paper practice in order to hone students’ exam technique and assess whether students are still on track for their predicted grade. Students will require use of a dictionary for reading and listening exercises at home. Textbooks will be provided.

What type of homework tasks will be set?

Students will be expected to complete both ‘learning’ and ‘producing’ homework.  Often they will be expected to learn words and consolidate their work from class. On other occasions they will be asked to put together the ideas, phrases and grammar from recent lesson in an extended text.  This text will be graded against GCSE criteria and form part of their portfolio.  The portfolio texts will cover what is required of them in each assessment and at assessment time the students will then refer to their portfolio to use the material they have prepared.

Useful links

http://www.languagesonline.org.uk

Various language learning activities

http://www.4learning.co.uk/sites/extra

Extr@ Channel 4 (fun stuff including online shopping exercises and even mock online dating if you're brave!)
http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/french

BBC Bitesize (exam-style exercises and good tips)

www.linguascope.com

Students can get the username and password from their teacher and use the 'intermediate' level - very challenging!

http://www.reall-languages.com

Reall Language (vocabulary building games) http://www.quia.com/shared/french

Quia (vocabulary building games)

http://www.spellmaster.com/downloads.htm

Spellmaster (vocabulary building games)

http://uk.youtube.com

Youtube (lots of foreign language clips)

How will this help students in the future?

Learning a foreign language is becoming an increasingly sought after skill. You do not need to be fluent in a language in order for it to help you in your career, so even if you do not continue after GCSE, you will be recognised (and paid!) accordingly. Learning a foreign language encompasses a whole range of skills which are essential for your future. Linguists learn how to communicate effectively both in their writing and speaking. You also train to listen for key details and to read using different techniques such as skim reading, reading for detail and reading for inference. All of these skills make you more employable and show a potential employer you have broad horizons.

In the shorter term, languages are seen as a strong academic subject to study and are well thought of by colleges and universities.  Showing that you have studied languages can give a wider choice of courses that are open to you.

How will this course build on Key Stage 3?

You will come across some familiar topic areas but the depth in which you cover them and the way in which you are taught will be very different. There will be an emphasis on using authentic materials such as TV programmes, songs and films to help you understand that learning French is not just about learning a language but also about exploring a culture.

What Skills will I develop?

Confidence in speaking, presentation skills, better knowledge of grammar (in English too!), communication skills, memorising skills, identifying important parts of texts quickly (scanning), skim reading, listening skills, cultural awareness....