French

Intent

The MFL Department at AA is a committed and passionate department whose intent is based upon the belief that learning a language opens a world of new possibilities and opportunities to our students. Through languages we foster students’ curiosity and deepen their understanding, not only of their own identity and culture, but also of other countries. We encourage students to become curious and interested in the world and to respect other cultures and people, as well as building their communication and literacy skills. There are many clear personal, cultural, social and career benefits in being able to communicate in another language. Our curriculum is designed to develop transferable language skills in listening, reading, writing and speaking as well as grammatical knowledge of French and German. Lessons are interactive, creative and challenging and it is our intent to develop resilient and confident students who are inquisitive linguists with high aspirations.

KS3

On entry into year 7, most students are given the opportunity to experience both French and German, spending 2 hours per fortnight on each. It is felt that some students benefit from studying just one language at this stage and one group will do so. However, in years 8 & 9, all students are able to focus on one language experienced in year 7 and continue their studies of either French or German for 4 hours per fortnight.

Autumn 1 Autumn 2 Spring 1 Spring 2 Summer 1 Summer 2
Year 7 C’est perso: introducing & describing myself & others Mon collège: life at school Mes passetemps: free time activities
Year 8 T’es branché: Media Mon identité: identity Paris, je t’adore: in a town, travel and tourism Chez moi, chez toi: house & home, food & drink
Year 9 Ma vie sociale d’ado: social life & free time Bien dans sa peau: being healthy Bien dans sa peau: being healthy À l’horizon: jobs, future plans & ambitions Spécial Vacances: Holidays

KS3 Resources

KS4 (GCSE)

Studying a language at GCSE is ideal for those students who enjoy communicating with other people, finding out about how language works and learning about different countries and cultures. Students have already covered a lot of vocabulary and grammar in KS3 and the French GCSE course builds on this knowledge with a range of new topics. The course is designed to equip students with the knowledge to communicate in a variety of contexts, to develop their cultural awareness and extend their language skills. 

GCSE French

Course Information

Specification:

AQA GCSE French (8658)

Assessment Weighting

100% Exam 0% Coursework

Exam 1: Listening – 25%

Exam 2: Speaking – 25 %

Exam 3: Reading – 25%

Exam 4: Writing – 25%

SoW and Sequence

Autumn 1 Autumn 2 Spring 1 Spring 2 Summer 1 Summer 2
Year 10 Qui suis-je?: me, my family and friends, relationships Le temps des loisirs: free time activities, technology in everyday life Jours ordinaires, jours de fête: food & shopping, customs & festivals De la ville à la campagne: home, town, neighbourhood & region En vacances: holidays, travel & tourism
Year 11 Au collège: life at school Au travail: jobs, future plans and ambitions Un oeil sur le monde: social & global issues Revision, speaking exams Revision

Further Education/Job Destinations:

People with language skills and knowledge are highly thought of in the modern world and there are many benefits to learning a foreign language. A GCSE in French means that you will be able to study AS and A2 French, but it will also add an extra dimension to your personal skills profile on your CV.

The ability to speak and understand one or more foreign language is very useful in many careers.

Prospects include, but are not limited to:

  • Sales and Marketing
  • Tourism (Pilot, Air Steward, Courier)
  • International Banking
  • Secretarial Work
  • Management Consultancy
  • Armed Forces
  • Law
  • Engineering

Homework

At GCSE students are expected to complete 1 hour of homework per week. This may include completing reading, listening and writing tasks, translating into and from the target language & preparing for assessments in the four key skills. It is also essential that vocabulary and grammar rules are learned on a regular basis.

Revision Resources/Textbooks

The French department recommends the purchase of the following revision resources and textbooks to help support learning at home. These are not compulsory, but highly recommended.

Studio AQA GCSE French
Clive Bell, Anneli McLachlan, Gill Ramage
Pearson Education
ISBN:
Foundation Book: 9781292117751
Higher Book: 9781446927199

French Textbook

Revise AQA GCSE French – Revision Guide
Pearson Education
ISBN: 9781292131429

French Revision Book

Revise AQA GCSE French – Revision Workbook
Pearson Education
ISBN: 9781292131351

French Practice Workbook

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