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Why study French?

Pupils studying French will:

  • develop and extend their understanding of the language in a variety of contexts

  • develop their knowledge of the language and language learning strategies

  • develop their ability and confidence to communicate effectively and with increasing accuracy in both spoken and written French

  • develop an awareness and understanding of countries and communities where French is spoken

  • develop the skills to be able to manipulate the language with increasing accuracy and fluency

  • develop their translation skills from English into French

What will I learn?

The aim of the Modern Foreign Languages department is to provide students with a lively, communicative approach to language learning. The four skills of Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing are developed and assessed through a variety of topics and activities.

Topics which will be covered during the course are: personal and social life, the local community, social issues and environment, the world of work and the wider world.

How will I be assessed?

The four skills of Listening, Reading, Speaking and Writing are assessed throughout the three year GCSE course. This is a GCSE qualification and is numerically graded from 9 to 1. This qualification is 100% examination with assessments completed at the end of Year 11.

Students will be expected to develop and apply their knowledge and understanding of the language and grammar as the course progresses. There will be two

tiers of entry, Foundation and Higher. The level of entry will be tailored to suit the individual student and students will be entered for the level which is most appropriate for them.

What can I do after I’ve completed the course?

Learning a language has specific relevance for many careers such as: the travel industry, journalism and business. As competition increases in the work place, more and more employers are placing greater importance on those who are able to offer an additional language. Employers and Colleges look favourably upon those applicants who are able to offer a foreign language as they recognise the dedication and commitment necessary to succeed. Progression to AS/A2 Level courses is one of many routes. Opportunities also exist for vocational study in languages.

For more information please contact the Academy on 01384 253722