MFL achieves consistently good results at GCSE each year.
All students are taught French from Year 7 and the majority go on to study it at GCSE from Year 10. Students also have the opportunity to learn Latin or Spanish (and from September 2017, German) at lunchtimes or after school. In addition to French, students whose first language is not English have the opportunity to take GCSE qualifications in other languages such as Arabic, Dutch, Italian, Mandarin, Persian, Polish, Portuguese, Spanish, Turkish and Urdu.
The French programmes of study cover contemporary topics and are tailored to meet the needs of all ages and abilities. The four skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing are developed throughout, and grammar is taught explicitly, encouraging and enabling learners to become increasingly autonomous at understanding and producing language.
In Years 7, 8 and 9, we follow the interactive Allez course (via Kerboodle) which helps develop independence and progression to GCSE, and is arranged over 18 units:-
Tout sur moi (introductions and greetings, describing oneself, others and favourite objects; French-speaking countries)
Mon monde perso (personality, family, friends and school subjects)
Autour de moi (school, home, leisure and pets)
A table (mealtime preferences, eating out, recipes and French cuisine)
Mon quartier (describing local area, asking for and giving directions; making arrangements to go out)
Ca c’est mon truc (clothes, weather, weekend activities, music and national events)
Destinations vacances (places we visit, ideal and past holidays and festivals)
Bouger, c’est important! (leisure, body, injuries, illness, sports personalities and events)
Aux quatre coins du monde (where we live, daily routine, helping others and French speaking countries in Africa)
C’est quoi, la France? (comparing France and Britain, describing countries, French personalities, transport, new technology and French cartoon characters)
Le monde des médias (TV, music, film, reading and advertising)
Accro à la technologie (different technology; risks, pros and cons and favourite gadgets)
Etre ado, c’est quoi? (relationships with parents, pocket money, helping at home, teenage problems, homelessness)
En pleine forme! (diet and healthy lifestyles)
Rendez-vous (parties, festivals and traditions)
Autour du monde (transport, travel and holidays)
Chez moi (types of homes and ideal places to live)
Un métier, une rêve! (jobs, professions and ambitions)
French GCSE further develops skills in listening, speaking, reading and writing which are all assessed, with equal weighting, during the Year 11 exam season.
Students follow the AQA GCSE French course which delivers the breadth and rigour required to develop the productive skills needed to manipulate language confidently. The course is modern, interesting and challenging with interactive activities via Kerboodle – including record and playback, grammar practice and assessment.
1.1 Relationships with family and friends; 1.2 Marriage and partnership
2.1 Social media; 2.2 Mobile technology
3.1 Music, cinema and TV; 3.2 Food and eating out; 3.3 Sport
4.1 France and customs; 4.2 Francophone festivals
5.1 Home; 5.2 Where I live
6.1 Charity and voluntary work; 6.2 Healthy and unhealthy living
7.1 Environment; 7.2 Poverty and homelessness
8.1 Holidays and travel; 8.2 Regions of France
9.1 School and subjects
10.1 Life at school and college
11.1 University or work?
12.1 Choice of career
Extra support and information
The AQA website is a useful source of information about the course and exams. Students can also access specimen exam papers, examiners mark schemes and reports. These are useful revision tools (http://www.aqa.org.uk).
Other useful websites include
Miss Allman – Head of Department (French)
Mrs Bailey (French and Spanish)
Miss Messenger (French and German)
Miss Sharman (French and Latin)