Head of Department: Mr N Saxton (Head of Faculty) - firstname.lastname@example.org
One of the best reasons to learn French is to help you understand your own language. Although English is a Germanic language, French has had a big influence on it and the English language uses a lot of French words.
French is spoken as a native language in more than twenty countries in the world; depending on your sources, French is the 11th most common native language in the world, with over 70 million native speakers. French is also the second most commonly taught second language in the world (after English).
The syllabus focuses on developing the four skills of listening, reading, speaking and writing.
Listening: skills of listening for gist and information in French.
Speaking: confidence to give information about particular topics in French for different purposes and audiences.
Reading: skills of reading for gist and extracting information from French texts.
Writing: confidence to write creatively an in-depth about certain topics in French.
Year 11 Course Title: GCSE French
Exam Board & Code: Edexcel 1FR0 Full GCSE Course Specification (PDF)
Listening: Written Examination – 25%
Speaking: Oral Assessment – 25%
Reading: Written Examination – 25%
Writing: Written Examination – 25%
GCSE Course Study Breakdown (Key Stage 4)
Term 1: Paris; the perfect tense with être; irregular verbs in the perfect tense; personal characteristics; reflexive verbs in the present tense
Music and fashion; revision of the future tense; house and home
Food and meals; ambitions and future plans; using the three tenses together
Students follow the Edexcel GCSE French Studio Course Book
(i) Friends and family, family relationships, going out, the person I admire, revision of the present, past and near future tenses
(ii) Sport and leisure, using technology, reading, music, Tv and film
Describing daily routine, shopping for clothes, festivals and traditions, celebrations
Town and directions, regions of France, tourist information, advantages and disadvantages of local area, the future tense, si clauses
(i) Town and directions, regions of France, tourist information, advantages and disadvantages of the local area, the future tense, si clauses
(ii) Holidays, the conditional tense, staying in a hotel, eating in a restaurant, travelling, buying souvenirs, holiday disasters
(i) Jobs, work and career choices, future plans,the role of foreign languages, applying for jobs, the comparative and superlative, the present subjunctive, verbs followed by prepositions
(ii) Global problems, protecting the environment, ethical shopping, volunteering, large events, the passive voice
Key Stage 3 (Years 7 and 8)
Introductions; numbers; age and birthdays; school equipment; colours and animals
Family, where you live; likes & dislikes and personality; the present tense of regular ‘er’ verbs
Physical descriptions; school subjects and opinions; telling the time; food and drink; the verbs avoir and être
Hobbies and interests; the weather; town and local area; directions; modal verbs
Holidays and the future tense; TV and the cinema
Media; Paris; the perfect tense with avoir