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Key Stage 3 French

The aim of the Languages course is to experience and develop another language. In Key Stage 3 you will develop communication skills and cultural awareness through working with magazines, textbooks, CD Roms, DVDs and songs.  There will even be opportunities for visits to France to practise your French in a ‘real’ situation.

You will learn how to speak to your teacher and classmates in another language, increasing in confidence every time you try.

Lessons are taught using the interactive whiteboard so you will learn about ICT in language lessons and even use e-mail / e-cards to communicate with children from other countries.

You will become increasingly independent, using dictionaries, Internet and reference materials, evaluating your own performance as well as those you work with.

We recommend bringing a small dictionary to class and expect you to recap your work at home every week, as well as learn spellings. Don’t worry about making mistakes. It is an important part of language learning.

Key Stage 4 French

Course Content:

_rl36440During the two years you will study from around six topic areas, dealing with things that matter to you like environmental issues, tourism, personal relationships, education, leisure and home life.  You will learn the success criteria to achieve an A*-C grade from the start of the course. There will be planned assessments over the two years ensuring all students have achieved the speaking and writing elements of the course (60%) by December, before the GCSE exams, to stop you feeling too stressed! 

You will learn about these topics through speaking, listening, reading, writing, ICT and materials from French-speaking countries.  Each year, trips are planned, for example, an immersion day at the Europa Centre, and a trip to the Christmas markets in Bruges, Belgium, to give you the chance to practise what you have learned.  Don’t miss out!

Through learning how to speak and write in a foreign language, you will be developing transferable skills for life.  Having a GCSE qualification in French may lead you on to many different roles in the world of work, but most of all employers value good communicators.  In fact, speaking another language will make it easier to find a job in nearly any profession you might want to do.

"You live a new life for every new language you speak.  If you know only one language, you live only once."  - Czech Proverb


Curriculum Overview

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Examination Details:

We will monitor your progress carefully throughout your course so that you receive plenty of practice before your final examinations.  Have a look at what they are worth and how short they are!

  • Listening Exam - 20% of total mark  30-50 minutes
  • 2 x Controlled Speaking Assessments - 30% of total mark 4-6 minutes with your teacher
  • Reading Exam - 20% of total mark 30-50 minutes
  • 2 x Controlled Written Assessments - 30% of total mark 400-600 words total

Books / Materials / Visits / Field Courses / Websites:

You will be provided with all the books and websites that you will need to complete the GCSE French course but don’t forget to make sure you’ve got a passport so you can come on our trip to the Christmas markets in Bruges or alternatively save up your pocket money for a trip to a delicious French restaurant. We will also be planning a residential trip to France before the oral exam to boost your confidence when speaking ‘en français’!

Group Organisation / Setting:

Classes are mixed ability and generally small to ensure that you get the opportunity to work in groups and pairs as well as with a teacher or foreign language assistant to maximise your linguistic potential!

Coursework

You will write two pieces of controlled assessment based on two topic areas. This year’s groups have written about pop stars, holidays and letters to a problem page. You only need to write between 100 and 200 words for each piece and can use resources to help you.

Career Opportunities:

Languages are really helpful in all careers.  Employers value staff who are good communicators, which is what we hope you will be after the course. Some students move on to ‘A’ Level or further studies and many take up positions in the hotel industry, journalism, media, sport and leisure, law, business and marketing, ICT, customer service and teaching.  The European Day of Languages, which takes place in September every year, explores using a language in the working world.

Key Stage 4 Spanish

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Course Content:

During the two years you will study six topic areas, dealing with things that matter to you like environmental issues, tourism, personal relationships, education, leisure and home life. You will learn the success criteria to achieve an A*-C grade from the start of the course and you will be developing your listening, reading, speaking and writing skills throughout. There will be planned assessments over the two years ensuring all students have achieved the speaking and writing elements of the course (60%) by December, before the GCSE exams, to stop you feeling too stressed! 

By speaking Spanish (the second most spoken language in the world) you will be enabling yourself to have employability skills to work globally and through learning how to speak and write in a foreign language, you will be developing transferable skills for life. 

Expand your knowledge of the increasingly popular Hispanic culture and learn to communicate with the hundreds of thousands of Spanish speakers in London.  Further your chances of getting into the top universities many of which are now requiring a language at GCSE!

Examination Details:

We will monitor your progress carefully throughout your course so that you receive plenty of practice before your final examinations.  Have a look at what they are worth and how short they are!

  • Listening Exam is 20% of your total mark - 30-50 minutes
  • Speaking Exam is 30% of your total mark - 8-12 minutes
  • Reading Exam is 20% of your total mark - 35-50 minutes
  • Written Assessments also make up 30% of your total mark.

Books / Materials / Visits / Field Courses / Websites:

You will be provided with all the books and websites that you will need to complete the GCSE Spanish course but don’t forget to make sure you’ve got a passport so you can come on our trip to Barcelona or alternatively save up your pocket money for a trip to a delicious Spanish Tapas Bar.

Group Organisation / Setting:

Classes are mixed ability and generally small to ensure that you get the opportunity to work in groups and pairs as well as with a teacher or foreign language assistant to maximise your linguistic potential!





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