These courses introduce students to much of the basic vocabulary and grammar of French or that is required for success at GCSE. Students are taught a variety of language-learning skills through individual, pair and group work, and learn through games and music, as well as through more traditional activities. As they progress, they build and improve on their own understanding of the workings of the language.
The GCSE course assesses the following skills: Speaking, Reading, Listening and Writing. Topics include holidays, free time, TV and films, ICT, family and home, town and environment, school and the world of work. During the course we use both textbooks AQA French GCSE Higher textbook and Kerboodle. Students will also watch and listen to films and music in Target Language and complete vocabulary work using ICT.
How will this course be assessed?
All exams will be taken at the end of the 2 year course. Each skill area (listening, speaking, reading and writing) will be examined. Each skill will make up 25% of the final grade. Students can take the examinations at foundation or higher tier.
Paper 1: Listening. Questions to be answered in English and French.
Paper 2: Speaking. Role-play, discussion of a photo card and general conversation.
Paper 3: Reading. Questions to be answered in English and French and translation of a text into English.
Paper 4: Writing. Translation of words and texts into French and a structured writing task in French.
What can this course lead to?
A languages qualification is looked upon very favourably in a wide variety of employment and further education. It is very relevant for jobs in the civil service, export, sales, marketing, journalism, secretarial work, speech therapy and the tourist industry. Languages are very valuable when combined with expertise in another area e.g. bilingual sales manager, bilingual engineer. Languages also help to develop numerous transferable skills such as effective communication, perseverance and flexible thinking.
Every year we also support students who come to us already competent in another modern language. If competent, students may take GCSE in German, Polish, Italian, Urdu, Bengali, and in any other language where a GCSE examination is possible.