- A recent skills survey revealed that amongst employers specifically looking for employees with language skills alongside German, French is the most sought after language.
- French is one of the two official languages of the EU, so it is a useful asset for anyone wanting to work in - European Institutions or within a business operating in European markets.
- Given the proximity of France many British and Irish business have trade links with France
- 74% of employers are looking to employ people with conversational language skills.
- A recent report by the Higher Education Funding Council for England reported that after 3 ½ years, the mean salary of language graduates is higher than that of graduates in Engineering, Mathematical Sciences and Chemistry.
- French is the first or second language in over 45 countries or regions world-wide. Studying French therefore offers an insight into the language, culture and society of metropolitan France, and opens onto an exciting spectrum of cultures throughout the world.
Key Stage 3
- In Year 8 pupils study either French or Spanish. They pick up the other language in Year 9.
- It is continued until the end of Year 10
In Year 8 pupils learn how to greet people and give personal details about themselves. They learn how to talk about their family, including pets, and their home. They also learn classroom vocabulary, numbers, days, months, clothes, how to say the alphabet and are able to express opinions. We also feel that it is very important that pupils learn about the country itself and in Year 8 pupils research and present a PowerPoint presentation on some aspect of France or French culture.
In Year 9 pupils learn how to talk about the weather and are able to describe their pastimes. They learn the vocabulary for understanding and giving directions and obtaining information from a tourist office. They also learn how to talk about their daily routine, including their school day and time and what they do to help around the house. They learn to talk about food and menus.
In Year 10 pupils do more work on pastimes and clothes; presenting a fashion show in which they describe what each other is wearing. They look at healthy living and design a healthy living campaign for the canteen. They learn how to describe friends and family and the words for different parts of the body and how to tell a doctor what is wrong. They learn how to describe their school and are able to talk about the rules, activities and uniform in school and express their future plans, including possible jobs. They make a short film about this. They also learn how to shop for food and deal with money. They learn the words for countries and nationalities and means of transport. They prepare a tourist brochure to describe their town.
At the end of Year 10 you can choose to do French for GCSE.
The course is divided into 4 topics which cover:
- Home and Environment
- Work and Education
A GCSE Modern Language consists of the four skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing. Not only will you improve your ability in French, but your English will also improve! Having studied a language travel becomes more interesting and you will have a better understanding of the world around you.
Exam Board - CCEA
The French GCSE is divided into four parts:
Reading paper – 20% and Listening paper – 20% / Both are final papers at the end of Year 12
Speaking/Oral – controlled assessments - 30%
Writing – controlled assessments - 30%
The speaking and writing controlled assessments will take place throughout Years 11 and 12 – there is now no final exam in these 2 skill areas. Pupils will submit 2 speaking and 2 writing controlled assessments.
The French AS course introduces a range of topics of interest to young people under the headings of Relationships, Health and Lifestyle and Young People in Society. It aims to develop their confidence and competence in listening, speaking, reading and writing skills and seeks to promote a critical awareness and a positive attitude towards the society and culture of the target language country. The oral component of the exam is worth roughly a third of the marks available and pupils have weekly classes with the French Language Assistant.
Exam Board – CCEA
Paper 1 / Speaking Exam / 35% of AS & 17.5% of A2
Presentation & General Conversation
Paper 2 / Listening, Reading, Writing & Translation / Exam 2hrs 45mins / 65% of AS & 32.5% of A2
2 questions on listening passages, 2 reading comprehension questions, 1 essay response to a stimulus text and 1 passage to translate into English
The French A2 course continues many of the skills developed at AS. Topic work continues, but progresses towards more wide-ranging contexts under the headings of Local and Global Citizenship and Environmental Awareness. At A2 pupils also have the chance to study a French novel, so sampling French literature, and research and talk about a societal theme. As with AS pupils have weekly classes with the language assistant.
This course provides students with a basis for further study at degree level by preparing them to use the language in both social and professional situations.
Exam Board – CCEA
Paper 1 / Speaking Exam / 17.5% of A2
1 discussion based on a societal theme & 1conversation
Paper 2 / Listening, Reading Writing & Translation / Exam 3 hours / 32.5% of A2
2 questions on 2 listening passages, 3 questions based on 2 texts, 1 essay response on a literary text and 1 passage to translate into target language.