French

Introduction and benefits

With 220 million French speakers worldwide, French is the only language, together with English to be spoken on all five continents. French is also the second most spoken mother tongue in Europe and the third most commonly used language on the internet. Such facts clearly demonstrate the importance of learning French and the numerous professional and personal opportunities that will become available to any young Francophile. The International Organisation of La Francophonie represents one of the biggest linguistic zones in the world; its members not only share a common language but also they share the humanist value promoted by the French language.

France is also unsurprisingly the first tourist destination in the world. The very romantic and fashion capital city of Paris, the delicious delicacies, the wide variety of landscapes and its fascinating history, culture and arts have always captivated the rest of the world.

Studying French will give you the opportunities to access all these very exciting opportunities!

Curriculum outline

From day one in Year 7 students are starting to prepare for their Languages GCSE exams and follow a GCSE mastery curriculum. We aim to teach the following from the start of Year 7 so as to ensure all students become confident and enthusiastic linguists and master the skills required for GCSE:

  • Literacy
  • Numeracy
  • Phonics
  • Dictionary and verb table skills
  • Vocabulary
  • Spontaneous Speaking
  • Grammar
  • Extended Writing
  • Authentic Listening
  • Authentic Reading
  • Memory skills
  • Culture

Assessments

All classes are assessed formally on at least one skill every half-term. All four skills (Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing) are also assessed during lessons and through homework.

GCSE

AQA NEW SPECIFICATION from 2016 

Course content:

Theme 1: Identity and culture

Theme 2: Local, national and international and global areas of interest

Theme 3: Current and future study and employment

Assessment:

Paper 1: Listening 25%, written exam

Paper 2: Speaking 25%, role play, photo card and general conversation

Paper 3: Reading 25%, written exam

Paper 4: Writing 25%, written exam

Recommended resources and websites

Books and magazines from the school library

Useful Resources and Websites

Kerboodle

www.languageperfect.co.nz

www.bescherelle.com

www.linguascope.com
www.hellomylo.com
www.languagesonline.org.uk
www.bescherelle.com
www.wordreference.com
www.maisondequartier.com/cours/cours.php?lang=en
www.audio-lingua.eu
www.atantot.com

s-cool
mon jt quotidien
français-extra
BBC Talk French
extra
French revision
momes.net
BBC GCSE Bitesize

Other useful sites

www.bbc.co.uk/languages

www.bbc.co.uk/learingzone/clips – videos on a variety of topics

www.eurobourne.org.uk/mfl_resources/index.html

www.languagesresources.co.uk

www.sunderlandschools.org/mfl-sunderland/resources.htm

www.tes.co.uk/resources – variety of resources available

www.voki.com

Extra-curricular

  • Journée Mondiale de la Francophonie
  • French plays performed by professional troops
  • All year 7 perform Cendrillon as part of an inter-form competition
  • Public speaking competitions
  • Spelling bee competition
  • GCHQ competition
  • French Drama Festival
  • Cinema club
  • Advanced French club
  • Enrichment/polyglots
  • Theatre Trip to the University of Bristol
  • French cookery workshop at Bordeaux Quay
  • Cinema visits to the Watershed

Staff contacts

  • Ms C Shail – Director of Languages
  • Mme M Moisan, second in Department
  • Ms L Carleton
  • Mrs C Donovan
  • Ms R Jones
  • Mr M Martin
  • Ms A Phillips