Aims of the curriculum
The department aims to provide students with the opportunity to become familiar with both the spoken and written language, as well as broadening their understanding of the culture of French speaking countries. Pupils have the opportunity to study French in Key Stage 4 and study for the Edexcel GCSE qualification. Over the course of three years pupils will cover a range of vocabulary and structures in the following 5 contexts:
- Identity and culture
- Local area, holiday and travel
- Future aspirations, study and work
- International and global dimension.
- Module 1 – Qui suis-je? (Identity and culture)
- Module 2 – Le temps de loisirs (Identity and culture)
- Module 3 – Jour ordinaires, jours de fête (Identity and culture)
- Module 4 – De la ville à la campagne (Local area, holiday and travel)
- Module 5 – Le grand large… (Local area, holiday and travel)
- Module 6 – Au collège (School)
- Module 7 – Bon travail! (Future aspirations, study and work)
- Module 8 – Un œil sur le monde (International and global dimension)
- Revision and exam preparation
Teaching methods and student organisation
Students receive two to three hours teaching a week depending on the year of study. All four skills (listening, speaking, reading, writing) count 25% of the total qualification. Pupils will be entered at either foundation or higher level in the exam. All exams are externally marked.
Progression after Key Stage 4
If you do well at your GCSE studies you should consider taking a language at Key Stage 5. We follow the AQA specification for French A level.
A2 topics include:
Aspects of French-speaking society: current trends
- The changing nature of family
- The ‘cyber-society’
- The place of voluntary work
Aspects of French-speaking society: current issues
- Positive features of a diverse society
- Life for the marginalised
- How criminals are treated
Political and artistic culture
- A culture proud of its heritage
- Contemporary francophone music (La musique francophone contemporaine)
- Cinema: the 7th art form
Aspects of political life in the French-speaking world
- Teenagers, the right to vote and political commitment
- Demonstrations, strikes – who holds the power?
- Politics and immigration
Students must also study either one book and one film or two books from the lists in this specification.
Additional classes and extra curricular activities
Revision classes after school and during holidays. Visits to Aston University, Wolverhampton University, Paris and Lille Christmas market.
How can you help your child?
Encourage your child to use the websites we have suggested for extra practice. It is a fun way to practise what we have been learning in class. Students will receive a sticker with details of all of the websites that we subscribe to. Also encourage your child to learn vocabulary regularly and test them on it. You will improve your own language skills too! Again the websites that we subscribe to will help with this. Encourage an interest in the country whose language they are studying. Point them in the direction of TV programmes and newspaper articles on events happening in France or French speaking countries. Foreign television programmes and radio stations can be accessed on line.