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Modern Foreign Languages

CURRICULUM – Modern Foreign Languages

Curriculum Team Leader: Mrs P. Virk

Key Stage 3

All students in Year 7, 8 and 9 study French using the Studio Course by Pearson.

Year 7 – Studio Accès and Studio 1

Year 8 – Studio 2 Vert / Rouge

Year 9 – Studio 3 Vert/Rouge

 

Students are encouraged to understand the following concepts in order to deepen and broaden their knowledge, skills and understanding:

Linguistic competence

  • Developing the skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing in a range of situations and contexts.
  • Applying linguistic knowledge and skills to understand and communicate effectively.

Knowledge about language

  • Understanding how a language works and how to manipulate it.
  • Recognising that languages differ but may share common grammatical, syntactical or lexical features.

Creativity

  • Using familiar language for new purposes and in new contexts.
  • Using imagination to express thoughts, ideas, experiences and feelings.

Intercultural understanding

  • Appreciating the richness and diversity of other cultures.
  • Recognising that there are different ways of seeing the world, and developing an international outlook

 

Programme of study

Autumn Term 1

Autumn Term 2

Spring

Term 1

Spring

Term 2

Summer

Term 1

Summer

Term 2

Year 7

 

Greetings

Numbers

Days and Months

Age

Alphabet

School Bag

Classroom

Colours

Pets

Sports

 

Things you like / dislike

 

My Survival Kit

 

Describing yourself and others

 

Describing a musician

School subjects

 

Opinions and Reasons

 

Telling the time  / Timetable

 

School Day

 

Computers and Mobile Phones

 

Expressions of time

 

Sports

 

Free time

 

Home and Local Area

 

Directions

 

Things to do

 

Places to visit

 

Holidays

 

Money

 

At the Café

 

Future Holiday Plans

Year 8

Television and Cinema

 

Talking about books and

Internet

 

Activities in different Weather 

 

Paris, I love you!

 

What you like doing

 

Asking for

Tourist

Information

 

What you visited and what you liked

 

14th July in Paris

My Personality

 

Talking about relationships

 

What music do you like?

 

Fashion and you

 

What did you do

last weekend?

 

Where you live

 

 

Describing your home

 

 

Buying Food

 

Meals

 

Forthcoming

Event

Talent and Ambition

 

Personalities

 

Modal verbs

Using pouvoir and devoir

 

Giving instructions

 

Language Structures

World Geography

 

French Speaking Countries

How to plant a garden

 

The French Revolution

Year 9

Describing yourself

 

My personality

 

What do you do on face book?

 

What did you do at the weekend?

 

At the music festival

 

Parts of the body

 

We go paintballing

 

Sport and Fitness

 

Sport and routine

 

Healthy eating

My future

 

To speak another language

 

World of Work

 

My job

 

My ambitions

Holidays

 

Holiday Activities

 

My dreams

 

Holiday items

 

Disastrous Holidays

 

At the Leisure Park

My rights

 

My priorities

 

Shopping

 

Happiness

Grammar

&

Translation

 

Key Stage 4

For GCSE, students can either continue with French or select German or Spanish using the following courses by Pearson:

 GCSE French – Studio                       GCSE German – Stimmt!                         GCSE Spanish – iViva!

Themes and topics

Questions across all four language skills of Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing are set in common contexts, addressing a range of relevant contemporary and cultural themes. They are organised into five themes, each broken down into topics and sub-topics.

All themes and topics must be studied in the context of both the students’ home country and that of countries and communities where French is spoken

Theme 1: Identity and culture

● Who am I?: relationships; when I was younger; what my friends and family are like;

what makes a good friend; interests; socialising with friends and family; role models

● Daily life: customs and everyday life; food and drink; shopping; social media and

technology (use of, advantages and disadvantages)

● Cultural life: celebrations and festivals; reading; music; sport; film and television

Theme 2: Local area, holiday and travel

● Holidays: preferences; experiences; destinations

● Travel and tourist transactions: travel and accommodation; asking for help and

dealing with problems; directions; eating out; shopping

● Town, region and country: weather; places to see; things to do

Theme 3: School

● What school is like: school types; school day; subjects; rules and pressures; celebrating

success

● School activities: school trips; events and exchanges

Theme 4: Future aspirations, study and work

● Using languages beyond the classroom: forming relationships; travel; employment

● Ambitions: further study; volunteering; training

● Work: jobs; careers and professions

Theme 5: International and global dimension

● Bringing the world together: sports events; music events; campaigns and good causes

● Environmental issues: being ‘green’; access to natural resources

Aims and learning objectives

The aims and objectives of doing a GCSE in a Modern Foreign Language are to enable students 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 in order

for them to increase their independent use and understanding of extended language in a

wide range of contexts

● acquire new knowledge, skills and ways of thinking through the ability to understand and

respond to a rich range of 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 the language is spoken

● be encouraged to 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 to prepare them for further

language study and use in school, higher education or employment

● develop language strategies, including repair strategies.

The GCSE Examination in a Modern Foreign Language

Examining Board: Edexcel

The Pearson Edexcel Level 1/Level 2 GCSE (9-1) in French consists of four externally

examined papers based on the following skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing.

Students must complete their speaking assessment in April/May and all other assessments in

May/June in any single year.

Each paper is available at Foundation tier or Higher tier. Students must be entered for a

single tier across all papers.

The use of dictionaries is not permitted. For Paper 2 this includes during the

preparation time.

 

Paper 1: Listening and understanding in French Paper code: 1FR0/1F and 1H)

Written examination

Foundation tier: 35 minutes including 5 minutes’ reading time; 50 marks

Higher tier: 45 minutes including 5 minutes’ reading time; 50 marks

25% of the total qualification

This paper draws on vocabulary and structures across all the themes and topics

Students are assessed on their understanding of standard spoken French by one or more

speakers in a range of public and social settings. Students will respond to multiple-response

and short-answer open response questions based on a recording featuring male and female

French speakers.

Students must answer all questions in both sections.

There is no requirement for students to produce written responses in French.

Foundation tier

● Section A is set in English. The instructions to students are in English.

● Section B is set in French. The instructions to students are in French.

Higher tier

● Section A is set in French. The instructions to students are in French.

● Section B is set in English. The instructions to students are in English.

 

Paper 2: Speaking in French *(Paper code: 1FR0/2F and 2H)

Internally conducted and externally assessed

Foundation tier: 7–9 minutes plus 12 minutes’ preparation time; 70 marks

Higher tier: 10–12 minutes plus 12 minutes’ preparation time; 70 marks

25% of the total qualification

This paper draws on vocabulary and structures across all the themes and topics

Students are assessed on their ability to communicate and interact effectively through

speaking in French for different purposes and in different settings.

There are three tasks which must be conducted in the following order:

Task 1 – a role play based on one topic that is allocated by Pearson.

Task 2 – questions based on a picture stimulus based on one topic that is allocated by Pearson.

Task 3 – conversation based on two themes. The first theme is based on the topic chosen by

the student in advance of the assessment. The second theme is allocated by Pearson.

The assessments are conducted by teachers in one session within a prescribed assessment

window and the recordings then submitted to Pearson for external marking.

 

Paper 3: Reading and understanding in French *(Paper code: 1FR0/3F and 3H)

Written examination

Foundation tier: 45 minutes; 50 marks. Higher tier: 1 hour; 50 marks

25% of the total qualification

This paper draws on vocabulary and structures across all the themes and topics

Students are assessed on their understanding of written French across a range of different

types of texts, including advertisements, emails, letters, articles and literary texts. Students

are required to respond to multiple-response and short-answer questions based on these texts.

Students must answer all questions in each of the three sections:

Section A is set in English. The instructions to students in English.

Section B is set in French. The instructions to students in French.

Section C includes a translation passage from French into English with instructions in English.

 

Paper 4: Writing in French *(Paper code: 1FR0/4F and 4H)

Written examination

Foundation tier: 1 hour 10 minutes; 60 marks. Higher tier: 1 hour 20 minutes; 60 marks

25% of the total qualification

This paper draws on vocabulary and structures across all the themes and topics

Students are assessed on their ability to communicate effectively through writing in French for

different purposes and audiences. Students are required to produce responses of varying

lengths and types to express ideas and opinions in French. The instructions to students are in

French. Word counts are specified for each question. Students must answer all questions.

Foundation tier – three open response questions and one translation into French.

Higher tier – two open response questions and one translation into French.

 

 

Programme of study

Autumn Term 1

Autumn Term 2

Spring

Term 1

Spring

Term 2

Summer

Term 1

Summer

Term 2

Year 10

 

Theme 1 :

 

Identity and Culture

 

Who am I?

Daily Life

Cultural Life

Theme 2:

Local Area, Holiday and Travel

Holidays

Travel and Tourist transactions

Town, region and country

Theme 3:

 

School

What school is like

School  activities

Year 11

Theme 4:

Future aspirations, study and work

 Using Languages beyond the classroom

Ambitions

Work

Theme 5:

International and global dimension

Bringing the world together

Environmental issues

 

Revision and Exam