French

Languages for All, Languages for Life!

Welcome to the French department - a small department with big ideas! Learning a second language is a skill that is highly valued at Beacon Hill. Students are encouraged to not only achieve but exceed their potential at both Key Stage 3 and GCSE. This is done by providing a learning experience that is both enjoyable and challenging within a dynamic and forward-thinking environment. You can only get better at speaking French by speaking French - so students are encouraged to use the target language as much as they can right from the start.  We also have a partner school in Grenoble, France and students are working on joint projects to exchange information and news in the target language. Students can put into practice the language they have learned in the classroom and find out first-hand about French way of life.

Key Stage 3

In KS3 students have 2 lessons of French per week, supported by a weekly homework assignment. They are also encouraged to be independent learners by spending time on language-learning websites such as www.languagesonline.org.uk.

Students in KS3 learn how to understand and express themselves in French on a variety of topics centred around themselves and their life at home and in the local community. They practise the skills of speaking, listening, reading and writing.

Key Stage 4

WJEC Course Specification

In KS4 students have 3 lessons of French per week and are prepared for the WJEC examination in French. Once again they practise and develop the 4 skills above, supported by weekly homework assignments and websites such as www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize. However, instead of focussing on themselves they study wider topic areas.

Course Overview:

Identity and culture Local, national,
international and
global areas of interest
Current and future
study and employment
Youth Culture
•Self and relationships
•Technology and social
mediaLifestyle
•Health and fitness
•Entertainment and
leisure
Customs and Traditions
•Food and drink
•Festivals and
celebrations

Home and Locality
•Local areas of interest
•Transport
France and French speaking
countries
•Local and regional
features and
characteristics
•Holidays and tourism
Global Sustainability
•Environment
•Social issues
Current Study
•School/college life
•School/college studies
World of Work
•Work experience and
part-time jobs
•Skills and personal
qualities
Jobs and Future Plans
•Applying for work/study
•Career plans


Assessment Overview:

Component 1: Speaking

Oral test:
7-9 minutes (Foundation tier)
10-12 minutes (Higher tier)
25% of qualification
Three tasks:

  1. One role play
  2. One photo card discussion
  3. One conversation

Learners are not permitted to use dictionaries in any part of the assessment.

Component 2: Listening

Written examination:
35 minutes (Foundation tier)
45 minutes (Higher tier)
25% of qualification

Listening comprehension tasks with non-verbal and written responses.
Learners are not permitted to use dictionaries in any part of the assessment.

Component 3: Reading

Written examination:
1 hour (Foundation tier)
1 hour 15 minutes (Higher tier)
25% of qualification

Reading tasks with non-verbal and written responses, including one translation task from French into English.
Learners are not permitted to use dictionaries in any part of the assessment.

Component 4: Writing

Written examination:
1 hour 15 minutes (Foundation tier)
1 hour 30 minutes (Higher tier)
25% of qualification

Foundation tier

Question 1 Writing task- sentences
Question 2 Writing task- paragraphs 60 words
Question 3 Writing task- paragraphs 90-120 words
Question 4 Translation from English to French
Writing tasks including one translation task from English into French

Higher tier

Question 1 Writing task- paragraphs 90-120 words
Question 2 Writing task- paragraphs 120-150 words
Question 3 Translation from English to French
Learners are not permitted to use dictionaries in any part of the assessment.

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