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: Students follow the AQA syllabus covering the following themes:
The syllabus is based around the four skills of listening (25%), speaking (25%), reading (25%) and writing (25%). Students are required to complete 4 exams, all at the end of year 11 based on all the topic areas studied within the course.
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At A-level: Students follow the EDUQAS A Level syllabus covering the following themes:
Youth culture and trends
The world of work and education
Migration and integration
Cultural identity and marginalisation
Cultural enrichment and celebrating difference
Discrimination and diversity
The Occupation of France 1940-1950
Students will develop an ability to write fluently and accurately in the foreign language for a range of different purposes and increase an understanding of grammar and how the language fits together and acquire important personal research and study skills through topic and project work.
Speaking - 21-23 minutes - 30% of qualification
Listening, Reading and Translation Written examination: 2 hours 30 minutes - 50% of qualification
Critical and analytical response in writing ,Written examination: 2 hours - 20% of qualification
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