The course is a progression from work covered in Year 8 with students revisiting some of the topic areas but at a more advanced level. Students will develop their understanding of tenses and use more complex structures.
Content Students will study the topic areas:
Personal identification Leisure activities Home and local area Life in the town and country Food and meals Weather Clothes and fashion Holidays and travel and continue work on the perfect and future tenses.
Assessment During the first half term, students will be assessed and regrouped. Some students will be given the opportunity to study Spanish or German in addition to French. During the year students are assessed on the four skill areas, listening, speaking, reading and writing. The assessment is based on class and homework, class tests such as vocabulary tests and a formal test each term.
Key Stage 4
Aims The GCSE course aims to develop student’s awareness of France and its way of life by teaching them how to speak French in role plays situations and in general conversations on a wide range of topics.
Students will be taught how to understand the essential grammar of the language and how tenses are use. They will have the opportunity to extend their knowledge with reading tasks and by listening to native speakers on tape. There will be the possibility of a visit to France. Students will also have the chance to develop research, dictionary and information technology skills.
Content Students continue to study different sub-topics within the following five broad areas:
At home and abroad Education, training and employment Home and daily routine Media, entertainment and youth culture Social activities, fitness and health Coursework/Examinations 25% Coursework - Writing 75% Examination - Listening; Reading; Speaking; - 25% each
Fieldwork/Residential/Visits There are regular school trips to France where students speak as much French as possible.
Student Opportunities from the Course All students will find that the study of a foreign language will be an advantage both in their future careers and in leisure activities. A language is particularly useful in a career in business or tourism.