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KS4 French

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In this subject students develop theirlistening, speaking, reading and writing skills across a variety of themes togain an understanding of French in a variety of contexts. Students will developknowledge of French vocabulary and structures, transferable language learningskills and the ability to communicate effectively in French.

They will finishthe course with an awareness and understanding of countries and communitieswhere French is spoken.

Units studied and a brief description of their content

Students study four common topic areas (Out and about,Customer service and transactions, Personal identification and Future plans,education and work) throughout the two year course for Unit 1 (Listening andUnderstanding in French) and Unit 3 (Reading and Understanding in French).

Studentsalso study Media and Culture, Sport and Leisure, Travel and Tourism andBusiness Work and Employment as the main themes for Units 2 and 4, which areSpeaking and Writing in French. Topics and themes are combined throughout thecourse to promote a more cohesive approach to language learning and pupilspractise all four skills throughout the course.


Listening and Reading are assessed through end-of-course external examinations which are set and marked by Edexcel. Papers are available in foundation or higher tiers.

· The Foundation Listening paper is 25 minutes plus 5 minutes reading time whilst the Higher paper is 35 minutes plus 5 minutes reading time. Listening is worth 20% of the final GCSE grade.

· The Foundation Reading paper lasts 35 minutes whilst the Higher paper is 50 minutes. Reading is worth 20% of the final GCSE grade.

Speaking and Writing are assessed through Controlled Assessments which are set throughout the course but submitted at the end of the GCSE course.

· For speaking students sit two speaking tests (either an open interaction, picture-based discussion or presentation and discussion) which last 4 – 6 minutes and which are prepared in advance. Tests are marked by teachers and moderated by the exam board. Speaking is worth 30% of the final GCSE grade.

· For writing students sit two writing tests which are prepared in advance and they need to write 200 words to achieve a grade C. Tests are set by teachers and sent to the exam board for marking at the end of the course. Writing is worth 30% of the final GCSE grade.

Other useful information

The GCSE in French countsas the language component of the E Bacc qualification and is the bestprogression route to study languages at A Level.