Key Stage 4 - French
From September 2016
Aims of the Course
The GCSE in French offered at KSHS is in line with the AQA qualification. The specification gives candidates the opportunity to:
- develop their ability to communicate confidently and coherently with native speakers in speech and writing, conveying what they want to say with increasing accuracy,
- express and develop thoughts and ideas spontaneously and fluently,
- listen to and understand clearly articulated, standard speech at near normal speed,
- deepen their knowledge about how language works and enrich their vocabulary to increase their independent use and understanding of extended language in a range of contexts,
- acquire new knowledge, skills and ways of thinking through the ability to understand and respond to authentic spoken and written material, adapted and abridged, as appropriate, including literary texts,
- develop awareness and understanding of the culture and identity of the countries and communities where French is spoken,
- make appropriate links to other areas of the curriculum to enable bilingual and deeper learning, where the language may become a medium for constructing and applying knowledge,
- develop language learning skills both for immediate use and prepare them for further language study in school, higher education or employment,
- develop language strategies, including repair strategies.
Course content / structure
Students are allocated 5 hours per fortnight of timetable time in Years 10 and 11 for their French studies. The course content is divided into 3 themes, divided into 12 topics, with 8 topics studied in Year 10 and the remaining 4 studied in Year 11.
Theme 1 - Identity and culture
- Topic 1: Me, my family and friends – Relationships with family and friends; Marriage/partnership
- Topic 2: Technology in everyday life – Social media; Mobile technology
- Topic 3: Free-time activities – Music; Cinema and TV; Food and eating out; Sport
- Topic 4: Customs and festivals in French-speaking countries/communities
Theme 2 - Local, national, international and global areas of interest
- Topic 1: Home, town, neighbourhood and region
- Topic 2: Social issues – Charity/voluntary work; Healthy/unhealthy living
- Topic 3: Global issues – The environment; Poverty/homelessness
- Topic 4: Travel and tourism
Theme 3 - Current and future study and employment
- Topic 1: My studies
- Topic 2: Life at school/college
- Topic 3: Education post-16
- Topic 4: Jobs, career choices and ambitions
- Unit 1: Listening (25% of overall grade) - Students will answer questions in both English and French about a variety of spoken texts.
- Unit 2: Speaking (25% of overall grade) - Students will take part in a role play, discussion of a photo card and general conversation.
- Unit 3: Reading (25% of overall grade) - Students will answer questions in both English and French about a variety of written texts and translate a text into English.
- Unit 4: Writing (25% of overall grade) - Students will answer 2 open ended written tasks and translate a text into French.