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, finance, law and sales.  The ability to use languages at work is increasingly required by employers and language skills are becoming an essential part of life in the global marketplace.

Not only that, they can be a fun and highly rewarding area of study.

Key Stage 3

Pupils in Year 7 follow the Pearson EXPO course which introduces pupils to French covering the key basic vocabulary and skills in recognition of the different experiences at primary schools. In Year 8 and 9 pupils move onto the Oxford University Press Allez course which is carefully matched to the new 9-1 National Curriculum for French. Each unit will last approximately one half term with an end of topic test.

Year 7

 

Topics

Grammar

Autumn

Greetings

Numbers

Days, months & birthdays

School items

Colours

Family and animals

Present tense of avoir

Genders

Adjective agreements

Possessive adjectives

Spring

Where you live

Describing home

Time

Places in town

Directions

Food and drink

Present tense –er verbs

Asking questions

Preposition to and at

Expressing opinions

Summer

Morning and evening routines

School subjects

Leisure activities

Sports

Reflexive verbs

Intensifiers

Connectives

Present tense of faire

 

Year 8

 

Topics

Grammar

Autumn

Holidays

Festivals

Sports

Body parts

Sporting personalities and events

Present tense of –ir verbs

Present tense of –re verbs

Near future tense

Spring

TV, music and film

Advertising

Reading

Technology

Social networks

Perfect tense

Adjective positioning and agreements

Impersonal structures

Summer

Relationships

Pocket money

Teenage life

Homelessness

French culture

Modal verbs

Imperfect tense

Comparative

Superlative

 

Year 9

 

Topics

Grammar

Autumn

Healthy eating

Resolutions

Organise a party

Excuses

Formal situations

Perfect tense revision

Future tense

Spring

Jobs and ambitions

Home, town, neighbourhood and region

Si clauses

Prepositions

Irregular verbs aller and faire

Expressions of quantity

Demonstrative adjectives

Summer

Family

Friends

Relationships

Marriage/partnership

Avoir and être revision

Direct and indirect object pronouns

Present participles

 

 

Key Stage 4

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 are 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 theme, theme 3, the topics will be based upon school, school subjects, future plans and career choices.

In year 11 a substantial amount of work from January to May will centre upon the speaking examination (25% of the overall mark) as well as revision skills and knowledge for the terminal examinations in reading, listening and writing in May.

You can find out more about GCSE French including the specification and exam structure by clicking on the link https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/languages/gcse/french-8658

Examination Board

AQA GCSE French 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 end of year 11.   

Tiers of entry:

Foundation with questions targeted at grades 1–5

Higher with questions targeted at grades 3–9

GCSE Revision Classes

The MFL department offer a programme of revision classes beginning in October. A lunchtime and an afterschool session is offered each week. Additional revision classes can usually be organised by arrangement with individual teachers.