The GCSE French course is designed to build upon the linguistic structures that were laid down in French in Years 7 and 8 . We continue to work in topic-based areas, where words and grammatical concepts are taught alongside each other. The areas covered are:-
Context 1 - Personal and Social Life
Self, family, friends, home life, shopping, meals, healthy living, illness and accident, free time, fashion, relationships and future plans.
Context 2 - The Local Community
Home town, school, education, local environment, pollution, recycling, local facilities, comparisons with other towns and regions, weather and seasons.
Context 3 - The World of Work
Work experience, part-time jobs, future careers and technology (sending messages, accessing information).
Context 4 - The Wider World
Travel and holidays, media, social issues (e.g. life of young people today, homelessness, crime, drugs, healthy living, religion, politics), life in the countries and the communities where the language is spoken.
Currently, this course is assessed through 4 terminal examinations, each worth 25%. Both the Reading and Listening papers have to be taken at the same level i.e. Foundation or Higher.
GCSE French will form part of the English Baccalaureate exam and will be beneficial for entry to Higher Education courses. There will also be the opportunity for students in Year 10 to visit the Federation Centre in France.
Why study French?
This language is developing in popularity due to the increase in commerce and travel. It is particularly vital for students who wish to enter the business and tourism sectors but can also be an advantage for legal studies.