Foreign Languages

Department Information

French

Learning a language enhances confidence when communicating with people from different cultures, it widens career and job prospects and shows open mindedness and tolerance in an ever increasing multicultural society.

Within the French department, students will be taught fun and engaging lessons covering four essential skills: listening, reading, speaking and writing. In addition, students will have the opportunity to practice their French during the annual trip to France.

All students are encouraged to learn independently through a wide variety of activities including research, role play, presentations and group work. The schemes of work include:

Year 7:

Accès Studio

Unit 1—Bonjour

Unit 2—Quel âge as-tu?

Unit 3—Joyeux anniversaire

Unit 4—Dans mon sac

Unit 5—Ma salle de classe

 

Studio 1

Module 1—C’est perso

Module 2—Mon collège

Module 3—Mes passetemps

Module 4—Ma zone

Module 5—3…2…1… Partez!

Module 6—Studio découverte

Year 8:

Studio 2 Rouge

Module 1—T’es branché(e)

Module 2—Paris, je t’adore

Module 3—Mon identité

Module 4—Chez moi, chez toi

Module 5—Quel talent?!

Module 6—Studio découverte

Year 9:

Studio 3 Rouge

Module 1—Ma vie sociale d’ado

Module 2—Bien dans sa peau

Module 3—À l’horizon

Module 4—Spécial vacances

Module 5—Moi dans le monde

Year 10 or Year 11 GCSE (One Year Course):

Students receive a variety of books all of which have been made in order to enhance their learning: revision guides, translations books, reading comprehensions, grammar activities, and vocabulary books.

The examination is devised into four skills:

Listening Paper 1 = 25%

Foundation = 35 minute exam and 5 minutes reading time (40 marks)

Higher = 45 minute exam and 5 minutes reading time (50 marks)

Speaking Paper 2 = 25%

Foundation: (60 marks)

  1. Role-play (15 marks, 2 minutes)
  2. Photo card (15 marks, 2 minutes)
  3. General conversation (30 marks, 3-5 minutes)

Higher: (60 marks)

  1. Role-play (15 marks, 2 minutes)
  2. Photo card (15 marks, 2 minutes)
  3. General conversation (30 marks, 5-7 minutes)

Reading Paper 3 = 25%
Foundation = 45 minute exam (60 marks)

Higher = 1 hour exam (60 marks)

Writing Paper 4 = 25%

Foundation: (50 marks)

  1. Photo task. Writing sentences describing what you see in the photo (8 marks).
  2. Short passage. (16 marks).
  3. Translation English -> French (35 words, worth 10 marks).
  4. Structured writing. A choice between two questions, respond to a variety of bullet points (16 marks).

Higher: (60 marks)

  1. Structured writing. A choice between two questions, respond to a variety of bullet points (16 marks).
  2. Open ended writing (32 marks).
  3. Translation English -> French (50 words, worth 12 marks).

Assessments in each year group

At the end of each module studied, students complete vocabulary tests, translation activities, comprehension tasks and writing assessments.

Each year students complete one examination covering all four skills.

Departmental Staff

Miss N. Claringbold

Clubs

Students are encourage to attend after school support sessions on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Trips

The annual French trip takes place during the Easter or May/June holidays.

Other day or weekend trips will be announced throughout the year.

Support Your Child – Useful links and advice

For daily updates follow the department on the following websites:

Twitter

@MFLFeatherstone

Instagram

frenchiefeatherstone2016

www.linguascope.com (ask the teacher for the password)

www.thisislanguage.com (ask the teacher for the password)

 

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