Some students will have experienced previous exposure to a modern foreign language at Primary school. 50% of the year 7 students at the Academy start learning French in Year 7 using the “Expo” course. The course is delivered through the four skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing and students should expect to make accelerated progress in the first year. The emphasis is placed on enjoyment, communication and confidence building with games, music and group work being integral to lessons. Students will learn how to identify common objects within a range of topic areas such as Self, Family and Friends and House and Home, give personal information and begin to express their opinions. There are also opportunities to develop a cultural awareness of the Francophone world.
Students will build on the foundations of year 7 and begin to develop their abilities in the four skill areas of listening, speaking, reading and writing. They will learn how to develop opinions and cope in a variety of authentic situations when in a French speaking country. Topic areas include Leisure and Free Time, Daily Routines and The Working Environment. Students continue to improve their communication skills through pair work and group work and their knowledge of tenses is developed as they learn how to express themselves using present and future tenses. At the end of this year, they will have the opportunity to continue French onto GCSE.
Years 9 and 10
At Quest those students who have opted to continue with French to GCSE follow the AQA exam course. Students build on what they have learned in KS3 and develop their language skills in the contexts of Lifestyle, Leisure, Home and Environment, and Work and Education. They will increase their understanding of spoken and written French and also the ability to communicate effectively, giving information and opinions. A clear understanding of grammar is established and students will be challenged to manipulate language for themselves and to apply the rules accurately. They will be tested using real-life situations and will develop the skills required for translation which will prepare them to use the language beyond the GCSE. In addition students gain insight into the culture of countries where the language is spoken.
Students continue to enhance their skills in listening, speaking, reading, writing and translation. They will be given opportunities to attempt past papers and to familiarise themselves with exam questions and technique. As students learn more sophisticated language and grammar concepts they are able to access and explore more aspects of French culture, the political system and issues affecting young people in France and Francophone countries today.
How will students be tested? The entire GCSE is now sat through a series of exam papers.
Year 12 & 13
Students who have chosen to continue with French at A Level will be following the Edexcel course over the course of both years with an option to take the AS at the end of year 12. Over the course of the two years, students will develop a detailed understanding of French and Francophone culture through examining the art, music, literature, history and current social situations in France and the French-Speaking world. In the first year, students will study the film Intouchables and will learn how to read a film and interpret cinematographic techniques such as lighting, camera angles and the use of sound. In the second year, students will be reading Un Sac de Billes and will be using this opportunity to further their knowledge of French history, particularly that of the Occupation. Students will often be using a variety of real world examples of texts from blogs and newspapers to sociological studies. Students will continue developing their translation, listening, reading, writing and speaking skills.
How will students be tested? The A Level is made up of four papers: