Modern Languages: French

Modern Languages: French

The acquisition of a Foreign Language is a skill which helps develop confidence and trains the memory.  Many linguists do not work in teaching! They will be found in all areas of employment: hospitality, tourism, aviation, journalism, industry and sales.  In addition, pupils who learn one language will find it much easier to learn a second or even third language.  Universities are now offering courses from Accountancy with French to Zoology with German!

The whole of Key Stage three (years 7,8 and 9) will be taught by using the EXPO course. The course is designed to build upon previous learning and will develop the four skills of speaking, reading, listening and writing.  Skills will be tested at the end of each unit. Each Unit will last approximately one half term but some groups will require a longer or shorter teaching time for each unit.

Year 7

Autumn Term: Unit 1 – greetings, numbers, school items, days, months and birthdays, colours and the concept of word gender. Unit 2- Brothers, sisters, animals, using the present tense of AVOIR and ETRE.

Spring Term: Unit 3- talking about where we live, describing homes and bedrooms, time. Unit 4- Places in town, directions, expressing opinions on food and drink.

Summer Term: Unit 5 – talking about one’s morning and evening routines, school subjects, and what one does in the evening.  Unit 6 – Sports, leisure and the simple future tense.

Year 8

Autumn Term:  Unit 1 - Greeting, family descriptions, location and countries, weather, using DEPUIS and ON     Unit 2 – Talking about spare time activities, focus on the past tense and film genres, books and television shows

Spring Term: Unit 3 -Arranging visits, using modal verbs, purchasing clothes and using the past tens of the irregular verb ALLER    Unit 4 -  Food and Drink, ordering items and using the partitive article, regional French cuisine.

Summer Term: Unit 5- countries, discussing holidays and preferences, giving preferences and talking about a previous holiday using the past tense.

Year 9

Autumn Term:  Unit 1- Talking about television shows and films, describing what you have seen and watched on television with opinions and details, revision on time.  Using past tense reflexive verbs to discuss daily routine.   Unit 2- Using the future tense to discuss future ambitions and aspirations.  Discussing why languages are important in today’s society.

Spring Term:  Unit 3- Talking about illness and injuries, using negatives, giving advice on healthy living and eating. Understanding pronouns and negatives.  Unit 4-  Talking about life in the past and revision of the past tense and introduction to the imperfect tense. Understanding written and spoken pen portraits of some famous historical figures.

Summer Term:  Unit 5 Learning about regions of France, discussing travel arrangements and modes of travel, recounting a visit to a famous attraction or historical site.   Unit 6- Discussing the rights of young people and comparing the life of young people in different parts of the world.

NOTE-Unit 6 may be omitted in favour of starting the GCSE course topics early.
Year 10 & 11

Then examination specification chose for the GCSE French is the AQA 9-1 specification with first certification in 2018.  Students will sit either foundation or higher tier papers in listening, reading, speaking and writing. ALL papers will be sat at the examination diet at the end of year 11. There will be no controlled assessment for this course.

The speaking examination will be conducted by the class teacher and will be marked by the examination board. Dates for the oral examination will be intimated to pupils in January 2018.

The AQA course is designed to build upon the knowledge base acquired during the previous three years. However, there will be a broadening of the topics and pupils will be expected to discuss issues in greater depth. Topics to be studied will include: family and friends, technology, free time and leisure activities, customs and festivals for Theme 1. For theme 2 the topics will home, town, neighbourhood and region, charity and voluntary work, healthy and unhealthy living, the environment, poverty and homelessness, holidays and regions of France.  For the final unit, unit 3 the topics will be based upon the theme of school, school subjects, left at school, future plans and career choices.

In year 11 a substantial amount of work from January to May will centre upon revision skills and knowledge for the terminal examinations in May.