French

Aims

We aim to develop the students' ability to make effective, practical use of a language and to encourage an understanding and appreciation of foreign life and culture.  In both foreign languages the emphasis is on understanding and then using the language, both orally and in writing, in the context of relevant situations.  During her studies, your daughter will learn how to use a bi-lingual dictionary as well as how to make the most of the resources on offer to her.

There are many good reasons for studying French, for example, in your future career, where even at a basis level you might be asked to respond to letters or emails from abroad, make calls or liaise with foreign visitors.  Alternatively, you may wish to study French to make future holidays more enjoyable!

Teaching and Learning

All language lessons aim to practise the four skill areas, namely listening, speaking, reading and writing.  Teachers adopt a variety of methods for introducing and practising the language to appeal to different learners and to engage students.

Assessment for learning

At KS3

Your daughter is assessed in the four skill areas at regular intervals throughout the year with her final assessment being towards the end of the academic year.  She will be given targets in order to help her to improve.

At KS4

You will receive regular feedback from teachers on your progress and what to do next to improve.  Learning outcomes are shared on a long and short-term basis so that you will be aware of the skills you are aiming to achieve. There will be four final examinations in Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing at the end of Year 11. The following only applies to current Year 11 girls: Controlled assessment for speaking and writing will take place throughout Year 10 and 11 and will count toward 60% of your overall grade.  You will also sit final exams for reading and listening in Year 11, which will count toward 40% of your overall grade.

Home Learning

Homework will be set on a regular basis in accordance with the homework timetable.  Generally, there will be two tasks set each week.  A bilingual dictionary will be essential throughout your daughter's school career and will help her to work independently.

Equipment

We will provide all exercise books but we strongly advise students to have a bilingual dictionary at home.

 

Key Stage 3 - French

Programme of Study

Year

Autumn term

Spring term

Summer term

7 set 1

  • Greet someone and say goodbye

 

  • Tell someone your name in French
  • Ask someone how they are and tell them how you are
  • Identifying classroom objects
  • Discussing quantities (numbers 1-10 only: revision)
  • Understanding teacher instructions
  • Saying how old you are (numbers 1-20 only: revision)
  • Talking about your family
  • Say who things belong to
  • Understand people saying where they live
  • Describing your home
  • Saying where things are in a room
  • Describing animals and pets using size and colours
  • Using adjectives to describe animals
  • Interrelationship between sounds and writing
  • Asking questions
  • Spelling names (revision of the alphabet)
  • Giving opinions
  • Using clues to interpret meaning: illustrations, cognate, known vocabulary, prefixes and suffixes.
  • Interrelationship between sounds and writing
  • Talking about the weather and temperature
  • Talking about the seasons (introduce months)
  • Saying when your birthday is (numbers 1-31)
  • Talking about sports
  • Talking about other leisure activities (opportunity to draw own BD)
  • Talking about leisure activities
  • Reading for detail and reading for gist (skimming)
  • Interrelationship between sounds and writing
  • Telling the time

 

  • Arranging a time to meet

 

  • Describing a typical day

 

 

  • Talking about school subjects and practise telling the time

 

  • Say what you think of school subjects

 

 

  • Revising how to ask questions

 

  • Describing your school

 

 

  • Find out about a school day in a different French-speaking country

 

  • Prepare a presentation about your school

 

 

  • Techniques to use before consulting a dictionary

 

  • Interrelationship between sounds and writing

 

 

  • Places in a town

 

  • The area where you live

 

 

  • Directions  and information about distance

 

  • Saying where you are going and where things are

 

 

  • Using the verb aller to describe where you are going (further practice)

Assessments

Internal Assessments Listening, Reading and Writing

Internal assessments Listening, Reading and Writing

Internal Assessments Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking

Year 7

Set 2,3,4,5

•Saying hello/goodbye

•Giving your name/asking someone’s name

•Asking someone how he/she is and saying how you are

•Talking about school objects

•Saying and understanding the alphabet

•Saying what colour things are

•Counting up to 20

•Saying how old you and other people are

•Asking someone’s age

•Days/Months/

Dates

•Numbers 21-31

•Talking about brothers and sisters

•Talking about your family

•Talking about your pets

•Describing yourselves and others

•Talking about hair and eyes

 

•Talking about where people live

• What kind of town you live in

•Saying where it is

• What kind of house you live in

•Naming the rooms in a house

•Saying what there is on each floor

•Describing your bedroom

•Saying where things are

•Asking and talking about places in town

•Asking for and understanding simple directions

•More places in town

•Saying where you are and where you are going

Telling the time

•Talking about your school subjects

•Saying likes and dislikes

•Giving opinions and reasons

•Talking about your timetable

•Understanding and composing a longer text

•Talking about what you do after school

•Counting up to 100

•Talking about sports and games

•Talking about musical instruments

•Saying when people play and how well they play

•Talking about things you like to do

•Talking about leisure centre activities

•Talking about what you like doing

•Talking about what sports you do

•Talking about what you do with friends

•Going on holidays

Assessments

Internal Assessments Listening, Reading and Writing

Internal Assessments Listening, Reading and Writing 

Internal assessments Listening, Reading and Speaking

8 set 1

•Introduce food items (shopping, not restaurants and cafés)

•Talking about French shops and what they sell

•Revision of food

•Saying how much you want to buy

•Talking about money, number and prices (assess prior knowledge of numbers)

•Shopping for food

•Saying there isn’t any/anymore

•Interrelationship between sounds and writing

•Countries, capital cities, nationalities (mainly Europe)

•Prepositions with town and countries

•Means of transport

•Revision of leisure activities

•Expressions of future time

•Describing what you can do in a town in France (students to choose)

•Reading and writing postcards

•Revision of weather

Discussing morning and evening routine

•Revision of time (brief)

•Saying what you want and do not want to do

•Interrelationship between sounds and writing

•Reading for pleasure

•Finding out about French cafés, drinks and snacks

•Buying drinks and snacks in a café (including ice-cream)

•Discussing the menu

•Expressing likes and dislikes

•Ordering meals in a restaurant

•Interrelationship between sounds and writing

•Reading for pleasure

Discussing clothes and colours and what to wear

•Describing appearance (mainly facial)

•Talking about parts of the body

•Describing what hurts

•Saying how you feel

•Interrelationship between sounds and writing

•Reading for pleasure

•Revision of the date and time

•Revision of dates, festivals and 24-hour clock (recognition only)

•Finding out what’s on

•Finding out about the town we are going to on our trip and giving opinions

•Saying what you are going to do there (using the near future)

•Describing what you will do on holiday this summer

•Learning about an aspect of French history

Assessments

Internal Assessments Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking

Internal Assessments Listening, Reading and Writing

Internal Assessments Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking

Year 8

Set 2,3,4

•Talking about yourself

•Talking about families

•Describing the weather and what you do according to the weather

•Understanding and responding to personal descriptions

•Learning about famous French-speaking people

•Learning that words are not always literal in their meaning

•Talking about what you like doing

•Talking about what sports you do

•Talking about what you do with friends

•Talking about your plans for the weekend

•Making and reacting to invitations

•Using the verb vouloir

•Making excuses

•Using the verbs pouvoir  and devoir

•Talking about clothes

•Buying clothes

•Responding to longer texts

•Finding out about young people’s attitudes in France

•Talking about food you like and dislike

•Describing breakfast and lunch

•Preparing for a party

•Buying provisions

•Taking part in a role-play

•Describing evening meals

•Taking part in a role-play

•Health and unhealthy food

•Some regional food and drink

•Countries and nationalities

•Talking about holidays

•Plans about the holidays

•Talking about plans and dreams

•Finding out about the town we are going to on our trip and giving opinions

•Describing what you will do on holiday this summer

•Learning about an aspect of French history

Assessments

Internal Assessments Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking

Internal Assessments Listening, Reading and Writing

Internal Assessments Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking

 

Additional Information

Spelling Bee Competition in Year 7

Translation Bee competition in Year 8

How Parents/ Carers can help

As parents you can help considerably by taking an interest in the language your daughter learns and by encouraging her to practise what she learns by explaining it to you.  This does not require any knowledge of the language - your daughter's books will give you an overview of what she is studying. Vocabulary should be learnt off by heart; by testing your daughter you will help her to remember key words.

Key websites

http://www.linguascope.com  - Lots of great games and activities. To log on: username: bardsley   password: (ask your teacher) – do activities in “beginners”.

www.vocabexpress.com This is the website that you should use to learn and revise your vocabulary (homework will be regularly set on this)

https://www.doddlelearn.co.uk You will be also set homework on this website – you can revise your vocabulary and practise your listening and reading skills.

Other good websites:

http://www.zut.org.uk  - Available for free before 9am and after 4pm. Lots of good exercises for revising vocabulary and grammar.

http://www.bandgee.com/dessins-animes-et-videos :  watch cartoons in French and see if you can understand gist and key words.

https://www.duolingo.com / Free app to have on phone or computer great to learn sentences and vocabulary.

Practical help:

There's no single universal fool proof method to learn a language. Try different ones and use the one that works for you, or a combination.

Little and often is best. Ten minutes every day tends to be more effective and manageable than a longer session once a week.

Mistakes are part of the learning process. Have a go and you'll learn much more quickly: most native speakers will already appreciate you making an effort.

Listen to language learning CDs or podcasts.

Watch TV and video online in the language you're learning. You may not understand much of it but it will help you get used to how the language sounds and, with the help of the visuals, you'll pick up odd words and phrases.

Write words on post-it notes and stick them around the house.

Say phone numbers out loud, make shopping and other lists or memorise orders in a bar or restaurant.

Repeat activities to consolidate what you've learnt.

Go back every now and again to something you did early on. You may be surprised at how much you've learnt.

 

If you have any further questions about this course, please speak to Mrs Lakhan – Head of French

 

Key Stage 4

    French

Programme of Study

Students follow the AQA French syllabus.

Link to the specification website : 

http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/languages/gcse/french-8658 (Year 9 and 10)

http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/languages/gcse/french-4655 (Year 11)

Year 9

 

Note that

Year 9 are following the new GCSE syllabus.

Theme 1: Identity and culture

 

Topic 1: Me, my family and friends

  • Relationships with family and friends
  • Marriage/partnership

 

Topic 2: Technology in everyday life

  • Social media
  • Mobile technology

 

Topic 3: Free-time activities

  • Music
  • Cinema and TV
  • Food and eating out
  • Sport

Year 10

 

Note that

Year 10 are following the new GCSE syllabus.

Topic 4: Customs and festivals in French-speaking countries/communities

 

Theme 2: Local, national, international and global areas of interest

 

Topic 1: Home, town, neighbourhood and region

 

Topic 2: Social issues

  • Charity/voluntary work
  • Healthy/unhealthy living

 

Topic 3: Global issues

  • The environment
  • Poverty/homelessness

 

Topic 4: Travel and tourism

Year 11

 

Note that

Year 11 are following the legacy GCSE syllabus.

Autumn Term 1.Work and Education - Current and Future Jobs

  • Choices after school: further education/work
  • Revision of near and simple future
  • Advantages and disadvantages of different jobs
  • Problems at work
  • Comparing and contrasting
  • Work experience
  • Revision of perfect and imperfect tense
  • Writing about your work experience

Opportunity for a Writing examination.

 

Autumn Term 2 + Spring Term 1: Home and Environment -Home and Local Area

  • Describing your home
  • Describing your town and your local area and what you like about it
  • Describing what the main problems are in your area (anti-social behaviour, litter, transport, facilities etc.) and what can be done to improve your town.
  • Describing what has recently changed in your town (for better or worse)
  • Describing what should be done to improve your town.

Opportunity for a Writing or Speaking examination

 

Spring Term 2: Home and Environment – Environment

  • Current problems facing the planet
  • Being environmentally friendly within the home and local area
  • Local issues and actions
  • Pollution and climate change

 

Summer Term 1: Work and Education - School

  • Buildings
  • Rooms
  • Resources
  • School subjects
  • What school is like
  • Opinions
  • Comparing school life
  • Pressures
  • Problems
  • Rules
  • Suggestions for improvements

  Focus on preparation for the Listening and Reading Examinations.

 

  

Accreditation Structure

You will receive regular feedback from teachers on your progress and what to do next to improve.  Learning outcomes are shared on a long and short-term basis so that you will be aware of the skills you are aiming to achieve.  

Current Year 11 only: Controlled assessment for speaking and writing will take place throughout Year 10 and 11 and will count toward 60% of your overall grade.  You will also sit final exams for reading and listening in Year 11, which will count toward 40% of your overall grade.

Additional Information

Extra-curricular Opportunities and support: There will be an after-school revision club from October for all Year 11.

How Parents/ Carers can help

As parents you can help considerably by taking an interest in the language your daughter learns and by encouraging her to practise what she learns by explaining it to you.  This does not require any knowledge of the language - your daughter's books will give you an overview of what she is studying. Vocabulary should be learnt off by heart so by testing your daughter you will help her to remember key words. Also encourage your daughter to the extra mile and use the websites below or read a French newspaper on line each week.

Key websites

http://www.linguascope.com/  - Lots of great games and activities. To log on: username – Bardsley   password (ask you teacher) complete activities in both beginners and intermediate sections.

www.vocabexpress.com This is the website that you should use to learn and revise your vocabulary (homework will be regularly set on this)

https://www.doddlelearn.co.uk You will be also set homework on this website – you can revise your vocabulary and practise your listening and reading skills.

https://onscreen.exampro.co.uk  Students log in by entering their details (school, name, date of birth and gender). Listening, Reading and Vocabulary tests have been set.

https://www.kerboodle.com   Username and password is initial + surname e.g. Jane Smith = jsmith, school code is ayv1. Listening and Reading practice tests have been set.

www.quizlet.com Revise the AQA vocabulary booklet through flashcards and games. You can use the ones already allocated to your class, make your own flashcards, or find them by topic.

Year 9 and 10 https://quizlet.com/class/1619303/ 

Year 11: https://quizlet.com/class/2644208/  

 

Other good websites

http://www.zut.org.uk  - Available for free before 9am and after 4pm. Lots of good exercises for revising vocabulary and grammar.

www.languagesonline.org.uk  – Loads of very effective grammar exercises, good vocabulary revision.

www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize  - Lots of revision units specifically tailored towards the exam, separated into Foundation and Higher tiers. Mainly reading and listening questions.

www.s-cool.co.uk  – Revision activities specifically tailored towards the exams. Better for Foundation than Higher.

http://www.ashcombe.surrey.sch.uk/07-langcoll/MFL-resources/french/fr-video-index.shtml  .videos, exercises, links to other websites. Good for listening skills.

http://www.wildfrench.co.uk/ - great for GCSE questions

http://platea.pntic.mec.es/cvera/hotpot/chansons/  - French pop songs with exercises

http://www.bandgee.com/dessins-animes-et-videos   Watch cartoons in French and see if you can understand gist and key words.

https://www.duolingo.com/   Free app to have on your phone or computer great to revise vocabulary.

https://fr.news.yahoo.com/   Yahoo France has some good, short reading articles.

http://www.monquotidien.fr/   daily news

If you have any further questions about this course, to whom do I speak?

If you have further questions: speak to Mrs Lakhan – Head of French

 

Key Stage 5

French

Programme of Study

Students follow the AQA. French syllabus.

Link to the specification website:  http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/languages/as-and-a-level/french-7652

Whilst studying these new qualifications you will:

•Enhance all the language skills you learned at GCSE and develop a sound basis for future further study

•Gain a deeper understanding of culture and society in France

•Broaden your range of options when choosing a university course

•Make you more attractive to potential employers

The aim of this course is to give you an insight into France and the French. Not only will you build up your grammar and vocabulary so that you can translate into and from the language but you will understand a variety of written and spoken passages. The new qualifications consist of cultural and social themes such as the “cyber-society”, crime, music and political engagement for young people (Why are the French so keen on demonstrating?).  You will have a chance to read a real book in French and/or study a film. Most of the teaching will be in French and you can learn independently by using resources such as French magazines (which will be free to you), DVDs and web-sites. 

Accreditation Structure

 

Year 12 - French

Paper

Skills and Content

Assessment methods

Weighting

 

1

Current social trends

Artistic culture

Grammar

Listening & reading comprehension

Translation into English

 

40%

 

2

Book or film

Grammar

Written response in French

Translation into French

 

30%

Speaking

Discussion of  two topics from Paper 1 content

You have preparation time.

 

30%

 

Year 13 - French

Paper

Skills and Content

Assessment methods

Weighting

 

1

Current social issues & trends

Artistic culture

Political life

Grammar

Listening & reading comprehension

Translation into English and French

 

40%

 

2

Book and film (or two books)

Grammar

Written responses in French

 

30%

Speaking

Discussion of  one theme

Discussion of Individual Research project

You have preparation time.

You choose and prepare the topic in advance

 

30%

 

Additional Information

Future Study: Apart from the intellectual and personal benefits, A level French can help with many career paths. If you wish to specialise, there are opportunities in interpreting, translating, and teaching as well as in the travel and tourism industry. You could even combine this with being an engineer or designer: being proficient in French will give you a wider choice of career options and make you stand out from the crowd.

Extra-curricular Opportunities and support: You will receive free magazines and regular access to a teacher for individual guidance and practice.

Entry Requirements: You should have achieved grade A* - B in GCSE French.

How Parents/ Carers can help

Key websites

TO WORK ON YOUR LISTENING

 

You should select a short audio or video clip from the Internet. Play the clip at least three times and write a brief summary in French (it needn’t be any longer than 50 words) with a vocabulary list of at least 10 words. These could be key words or they could be words that are new to you and had to be looked up.

 

It is easier to start with short news bulletins. Video clips are ideal as they are easier to understand. Start with shorter clips and then when you feel ready, you could choose a radio programme from the Radio station websites listed below.

 

French News

http://fr.euronews.com  Choose from a wide variety of News videos.

www.france24.fr France 24 : good for short news items

 

French TV channel websites:

http://www.tv5.org/ TV5 has some good practice material; go to apprendre le francais section. This lets you read the transcript and hear the text

http://www.ina.fr/  is an free resource. It includes excerpts of news programmes and documentaries and covers a huge range of topics.

http://fr.ver-taal.com/  has an excellent selection of videos which include newsreels, advertisements, and songs. They have transcripts for you to download and the videos are all accompanied by online exercises. A very useful website.

 

French Radio on-line

http://www.radiofrance.fr/ This is an excellent website that allows you to access seven radio stations and listen live or download podcasts. There are a number of videos on the site too.

http://savoirs.rfi.fr/apprendre-enseigner Short news bulletin with transcripts and listening exercises

 

TO WORK ON YOUR READING

 

Select an article which interests you, read it carefully and select at least 10 new pieces of vocabulary to look up. The choice of topic area is limitless. The temptation may be to pick an article on fashion, but you should avoid doing this every week as they are not so easy to understand. It is a good idea to vary the topic area and to choose articles related to the syllabus topics so that you encounter a variety of vocabulary.

 

The major national newspapers can all be read online:

 

http://www.liberation.fr/

http://www.lemonde.fr/

http://www.leparisien.fr/

 

World news can be read on http://www.courrierinternational.com/ 

 

It is also worth looking at http://www.1jour1actu.com/   which is a resume of news articles aimed at French children (and therefore might be more accessible to AS students)

The following magazines are also worth looking at:

http://www.telerama.fr/

http://www.elle.fr/

http://www.lexpress.fr/

http://www.letudiant.fr/

http://www.lequipe.fr/  (for sport)

http://fr.news.yahoo.com/ 

http://www.zigonet.com/ 

Yahoo France has some good, short reading articles. Use the Insolite section and also Zigonet for some bizarre stories.

 

 

If you have any further questions about this course, to whom do I speak?

If you have further questions: speak to Mrs Lakhan or Mrs Saunders

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