Year 7: Early in year 7, students new to learning French are introduced to the basics of the language whilst those who have studied French before are encouraged to share their knowledge and apply it to new situations. Over the year students will cover topics enabling them to talk and write confidently on the topics of themselves, their family and friends, where they live, their school, their daily routine, their free time and their future plans. By the end of the year they will be confident using the present tense and the aller + infinitive future tense and will have had experience of a wide range of activities including more general language learning skills such as dictionary use and vocabulary learning. Students will be given a reference notes book which they are asked to keep safe for use in future years as well.
Year 8: Early in Year 8 students build on the knowledge they gained in year 7 to add detail to the topics they have studied and to gain in confidence in their grasp of basic grammar. They then move on to study the past (perfect) tense which they will use to describe and give opinions on what they did last weekend and eventually they will study a French poem and then write their own version. Later in the year they work on the topics of invitations, shopping, clothes and food with the emphasis being on communication and practical skills.
Year 9: During the first part of the year, students revise basic grammar including using three tenses, negatives and adjectives. They study topics such as use of social media, opinions of people, social arrangements, health problems and living healthily and holidays. During the latter part of the year, students come across the simple future tense, the conditional and imperfect tenses and are given more open-ended tasks to complete to encourage more independent thinking and working and to prepare them for the GCSE course. Over the year students will watch a soap opera designed for learners of French which enhances listening skills and gives opportunities for more creative work. This year students are also given the opportunity to spend time in France as part of the French Exchange trip and are also given details of the importance of languages in their futures before they make their option choices.
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At GCSE level: The GCSE course is modular, with oral and written tasks being completed over the two years (of which two per skill are chosen for submission), and a reading and a listening examination taking place at the end of Year 11. All 4 language skills are practised and at least one oral and one written piece of work are completed by the end of Year 10 which can count towards the final grade. Topics studied include leisure and lifestyle, home and environment and work and education. Emphasis is placed on using and understanding a range of grammar and vocabulary in all skill areas as well as giving detail and justifying opinions. Students are encouraged to have a more independent approach to their learning, using reference materials where appropriate and storing and using their own notes and revising vocabulary regularly
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At A level: AS and A level French are currently taken with the WJEC exam board.
AS: involves the studying the following topics: a) LEISURE & LIFESTYLES inc.travel/tourism, sport, hobbies, entertainment, customs, traditions, healthy living – including health and nutrition, diet & exercise, unhealthy living – drugs, aids, smoking, alcohol and b) THE INDIVIDUAL & SOCIETYinc relationships, responsibilities, gender issues, youth culture (peer groups, fashions, trends), education, vocational training and future careers.
A2: adds to these topics the study of several French films and works of literature as well as the topics of the environment and social issues.
AS examinations are sat at the end of year 12 – an oral exam with their class teacher which is recorded and sent to the exam board and a written exam involving listening, reading and translation from English to French. A2 examinations are sat at the end of year 13 – an oral exam with a visiting examiner and a written paper involving listening, reading, a translation from English to French and an essay on a book or film they have studied.
As well as their timetabled classes students in year 12 and year 13 benefit from 30 minutes each week in a conversation class with our French Language Assistant. Year 12 students are also given the exciting opportunity to complete a week of work experience in France as part of the French Exchange trip.
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