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Modern Foreign Languages

"If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his own language, that goes to his heart."

Nelson Mandela

We offer French GCSE and we follow the new AQA GCSE syllabus.     

Core content

Students study all of the following themes on which the assessments are based.

Theme 1: Identity and culture

Theme 2: Local, national, international and global areas of interest

Theme 3: Current and future study and employment

Assessments

GCSE French has a Foundation Tier (grades 1–5) and a Higher Tier (grades 4–9). Students must take all four question papers at the same tier. All question papers must be taken in the same series.

Paper 1: Listening 25%

Understanding and responding to different types of spoken language

Paper 2: Speaking 25%

Communicating and interacting effectively in speech for a variety of purposes including role-play photo card and general conversation.

Paper 3: Reading 25%

Understanding and responding to different types of written language

Paper 4: Writing 25%

Communicating effectively in writing for a variety of purposes

A Level French

This qualification is linear. Linear means that students will sit all their exams at the end of the course.

Core content

  • 1. Social issues and trends
  • 2. Political and artistic culture
  • 3. Grammar

Options

  • 4. Works: Literary texts and films – e.g. Un sac de Billes, le Tartuffe, La Haine,, un long dimanche de fiancailles

Assessments

Paper 1: Listening, reading and writing

  • Aspects of French-speaking society: current trends
  • Aspects of French-speaking society: current issues
  • Artistic culture in the French-speaking world
  • Aspects of political life in the French-speaking world
  • Grammar.

Written exam: 2 hours 30 minutes

  • 50% of A-level

 

Paper 2: Writing

What's assessed

  • One text and one film or two texts from the list set in the specification
  • Grammar
  • 20% of A-level

Paper 3: Speaking

What's assessed

  • Individual research project on one of four sub-themes ie Aspects of French-speaking society: current trends, Aspects of French-speaking society: current issues, Artistic culture in the French-speaking world, Aspects of political life in the French-speaking world
  • 30% of A-level

Resources to help with learning

www.AQA.org.uk – syllabus /past papers/tips

www.languagesonline.org.uk vocabulary and grammar revision

www.gcsepod.com podcasts to revise vocabulary and grammar

www.quizlet.com vocabulary and grammar revision

 

Our departmental aims:

  1. To develop the ability to use the language effectively for purposes of communication and exam success with increasing confidence, independence and creativity.
  2. To form a sound base of the skills, language and attitudes required for further study, work and leisure.
  3. To offer insights into the culture and civilisation of the countries where the language is spoken.
  4. To provide enjoyment and intellectual stimulation.
  5. To encourage positive attitudes to foreign language learning and to speakers of foreign languages within the school, the pyramid and the wider community.
  6. To promote literacy, numeracy and ICT skills

Cultural visits:

The department has various cultural opportunities to support students’ learning. Past visits have included Christmas markets in Lille and Bruges, a combined History, MFL and English trip to look at First World War sites and French culture as well as a French exchange to Limousin for Y10.

Contact Details:

Head of Department
Mrs E Clemett French Spanish Italian
Clemett@tahs.net

 

Teaching Staff

  • Ms A Bower French
  • Miss H Khan French German
Last Updated 5 Oct 18