Head of Department: Mrs J Lemée-Wright
Faculty Staff: Miss E Hawthorne
Level of teaching: Key Stage 3, Key Stage 4, Key Stage 5 at The New Sixth
Through learning a language you gain a better understanding of how people in another country live – their customs and attitudes, how they do things. The more we understand and respect people in other countries, the greater the hope for world peace.
Despite Britain’s departure from the European Community, command of a language has become more useful than ever in a variety of fields e.g. commerce, industry, science and technology and travel.
Studying a language also helps to develop your general mental ability – it demands of you to listen carefully, to think exactly and to examine things in detail.
Key Stage 3 (Years 7-9)
In Year 7, all groups do Mandarin as well as French, German and Spanish in rotation until Christmas. In the new year, all groups will only study two languages.
The current four first fast pace groups in Years 8 and 9, are studying two languages, Spanish and either German or French. The two slower pace groups keep Spanish.
Students study a broad and varied language curriculum, which is assessed in the form of the end of module tests. Other tests may be undertaken as and when considered appropriate for example to ensure vocabulary has been learned. Assessments information is used by staff to monitor progress and to inform planning. By the end of KS3, students will learn how to write and speak in at least three tenses.
We aim to nurture a love of languages by incorporating a variety of cultural aspects in to our teaching as well as creative lessons such as practising songs in the Target Language (TL).
At the end of Year 9 an overall level is given for each student. This is based on performance in end of module assessments, other on-going teacher assessment and a new summative end of key stage assessment undertaken by all students.
Year 7 (until Christmas, Year 7 only have one lesson a fortnight, then in January, they will go back to three hours a fortnight)
Terms 1 & 2
Saying how you are today
Days, months of the year (date)
Numbers 0 to 100
Saying how old you are and others
Talking about birthday
The Alphabet and how to spell
Terms 3 to 6
Talking about brothers and sisters and introducing with names
Talking about pets (including names)
Giving information about family members
Using to be and to have with all pronouns
Giving information about family members and pets: personality/character description of self and family members
Using intensifiers with adjectives
Introduce opinions and reasons (re-using adjectives) to give preferences/opinions on family member/pet
Develop opinions with A mon avis/ je pense que)
ER verbs but also irregular verb aller and faire
Terms 1 & 2
Schools, subjects, opinions and time
Where do you live : countries
Places in town & directions
Weather and some activities
Depuis and present tense
Terms 3 & 4
Study the past tense and revise the present tense
Talking about sports you do/did
Talking about what you do/did in your freetime
Saying what other people are doing in their freetime
Saying how often you do/did things
Re-use the weather to say what and when
Terms 5 & 6
Talking about clothes and say what style you like
What you wear, wore and going to wear: revise present and past and look at near future
Express opinions and reasons (extend expressions: a mon avis, je crois que, je pense que, selon moi)
Saying what you wear and when (occasions and weather) and again use the near future
Talking about prices
Discussion in a shop and invitation
Talking about food and drink
Explaining what you drink and eat for different meal
Talking about quantities/ prices
Eating at a restaurant & taking part in a dialogue
Explain using the 3 tenses, what you eat/ate/will eat using time phrases and opinions
Terms 1 & 2
Learn about different type of books
Learn about different programs on TV and different sorts of films at the cinema
Giving opinions and justifications about films / books/ tv programs
Use tenses to discuss past, present and near future plans in terms of TV and cinema
Talking about what you read (sort of books), read, are going to read
Talking about music you listen to /listened/are going to
Talking about future plan using the simple future.
Talking about predictions about their future
Talking in the future about self and others
Discuss future career
Understand the importance of languages in the future.
Talking about what you used to do: study the Imperfect
Compare with now
Develop listening skills
Discuss life now, past, and future
Terms 4 to 6
Talking about parts of the body and where it hurts
Talking about illnesses and more injuries
Discuss how you got those problems
Talking about remedies
Giving advice and understand them
Discussion at the doctor
Talking about healthy living
Talking about sport (now, before and in the future
Expressing opinions and justifications about healthy living
Discuss in the past, present and future what do you do to be healthy
Talking about the dangers of drugs, alcohol and cigarettes/ addictions
Focus on Grammar:
revision of all tenses in French (present, 2 futures, conditional, imperfect, past perfect, imperative)
Gender, adjectives and adverbs
Key Stage 4
Course Code: GCSE French AQA 8658
Exam Board Specification: http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/languages/gcse/french-8658
Students are required to sit the four skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing in June of Year 11.
The new AQA GCSE French course is divided into 3 main subject areas called themes. Each theme is divided into 4 topics. So the GCSE is made up of 12 topics altogether to be studied over Years 10 and 11 and is examined in 4 exams which take place at the end of the course.
Themes and Topics:
Identity and culture
Me, my family and friends
Technology in everyday life
Customs and festivals
Local, national, international and global areas of interest
Home town, neighbourhood and region
Travel and tourism
Current and future study and employment
Life at school / college
Jobs, career choices and ambitions
Each skill (listening, speaking, reading and writing) is now worth 25%
Two tiers of examination are offered: Foundation and Higher. Candidates can only be entered for one tier.
Key Stage 5 (Years 12-13)
Course Code: A Level French AQA
Exam Board Specification: http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/french/a-level/french-2650
Students who take this course:
Students will have a minimum of a Grade 7 in GCSE French. Students will be interested in the culture and way of life in the countries where French is spoken and it is likely that students will spend time in one of these countries on an educational visit or exchange. Students will need to take a positive interest in current affairs and ethical issues in general. Students could go on to study languages further at degree level and language graduates are sought after and highly employable. Languages are also enabling A Levels for a vast range of degree courses.
This course is a radical and exciting departure from the GCSE specification. Far higher levels of independent study and research skills are required. A more rigorous approach to grammar is a prerequisite to achieving true mastery of the language. Students are strongly advised to read French newspapers as well as visiting French speaking countries.
Students will gain a lasting appreciation of language and learning, an ability to comprehend French in a wide range of contexts, an ability to communicate readily in French for a variety of purposes, a useful knowledge of and insights into French-speaking cultures (both contemporary and historic) and valuable skills for foreign travel, further education and employment.
Students will be assessed in the four skills (listening, reading, writing and speaking) and will be required to develop knowledge and understanding, through the language of study, of aspects of the society, culture and history of the country or countries where the language is spoken.
For more information on A Level French, click here.
Enrichment and Links:
In May 2018, we are running a French trip to Normandy for Years 9 and 10 studying French.
Following a wonderful few days in northern France, we are delighted to welcome home our French students who spent their last day visiting le Mont St Michel and St Malo. Here is their final report:
After a delicious French breakfast of pains aux chocolat and a quick table tennis game, we set off to the market at St Hilaire du Harcouet where students had little tasks to perform.
Another beautiful day in Normandy! Last night, students took part in a sports tournament and today, the groups are taking part in orienteering and bread making.