Manor Academy

Outcomes Focused, Child Centred

Y10 & Y11 French

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In this subject students develop their listening, speaking, reading and writing skills across a variety of themes to gain an understanding of French in a variety of contexts. Students will develop knowledge of French vocabulary and structures, transferable language learning skills and the ability to communicate effectively in French.

They will finish the course with an awareness and understanding of countries and communities where French is spoken.

Units studied and a brief description of their content

Three distinct themes are covered and these themes apply to the four skill areas: Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing. The themes are Identity and culture (this includes me, family, friends, technology and free-time activities); Local, national, international and global areas of interest (including home, town, social issues and global issues) and Current and future study and employment (including my studies, school, post-16 education and jobs, career choices and ambitions).

Throughout the course, students will also develop their awareness and understanding of countries and communities where French is spoken. Texts covered in class are always based on countries in which French is spoken and new video resources feature young French people talking about issues which matter to them, ensuring that pupils also develop intercultural understanding which is a key skill in our current climate.


Students are assessed in the 4 skill areas of listening, speaking, reading and writing and all exams will take place at the end of the GCSE course. There are two tiers available and students need to decide, in collaboration with their teachers, which tier of entry will suit them best for the four skills. Questions in listening and reading papers will be in French and English.

The speaking exam lasts between 7 and 12 minutes and is made up of a role-play, photo card and general conversation. The writing paper features 3 or 4 questions including a translation task.