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Languages

Vision

We believe that the study of Modern Languages is centrally important to the St Gregory’s Curriculum because it is fun, intellectually fulfilling and equips students with valuable knowledge, skills and attributes that will enable them to flourish in our global society.

 

Aims

We aim to create 'Confident Linguists who See the World Differently'.
'Confident Linguists' are students who:

  • Enjoy and are enthusiastic about their Language learning
  • Use the Language spontaneously, creatively and accurately
  • Make rapid and sustained progress and exceed their Minimum Target Grade / Level

'Confident Linguists' are students who:

  • Know about, and immerse themselves in, other languages, histories and cultures
  • Challenge stereotypical views about other cultures and languages

The Modern Languages Department is made up of 5 full-time, highly qualified teachers, a part-time Administrative assistant and each year we are fortunate to have two Foreign Language Assistants work with us from October to May.

 

Key Stage 3 Curriculum

We fully cover the National Curriculum in Key Stage 3.  Students are taught to listen, speak, read and write in French and they are also assessed on these 4 skills.  The language of the classroom is French as we wish to develop the idea of languages for life.

We cover a range of topics including myself, friends and family, free time, education and future careers and holidays to name but a few. 

Year 7 are taught in mixed-ability forms.

Homework is set once a week in line with the whole-school homework timetable.  Students are assessed in homework tasks as well as formal tests in the four skill areas: Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing. Key pieces of work and assessments are given a National Curriculum level, and students are also set targets for improvement.

 

Key Stage 4 Curriculum

Students are guided through the Options process at every level and are advised on which Pathway they should choose.  French is a compulsory subject for most students and approximately 90% of our students continue to study French to GCSE.   Students are once again taught in set ability groups and have five lessons over two weeks.  They build on the skills and knowledge acquired in Key Stage 3. Homework is set each week, and may include learning as well as producing a piece of writing, planning a speaking task or completing a reading exercise.  Feedback includes a GCSE grade as well as targets to improve.
The exam board we use is Edexcel.  Year 11 students are required to complete controlled assessments in Speaking and Writing, which are spread out over the two years.  At the end of Year 11 students are required to sit end-of-course Listening and Reading tests at either Foundation of Higher tier according to ability in each skill.  The new GCSE for Year 10 onwards does not include controlled assessment.  We will continue to work with Edexcel.


A level

In KS5, students are taught for 9 periods over 2 weeks, and Year 13 students also have an extra period with a foreign language assistant to enable them to practise their oral work. Students are expected to complete 5 hours of private study each week, and the work produced is monitored and assessed on a regular basis.


Extra Curricular Provision

We deliver the curriculum by making extensive use of audiovisual technology and teaching techniques, enabling students to learn about and appreciate other languages and culture.   We ensure that our curriculum is accessible to all students by providing a range of different tasks and activities.  Extra support sessions are also run after-school, at lunchtimes, during the Easter holidays and on Saturdays leading up to the GCSE, AS and A level exams.

Community Languages

Each year an audit is carried out by Mrs Young regarding other languages.  Where appropriate, pupils will be entered for a GCSE or an A level in their home language.

 

 KEY STAGE 3 OVERVIEW

We fully cover the National Curriculum in Key Stage 3.  Students are taught to listen, speak, read and write in French and they are also assessed on these 4 skills.  The language of the classroom is French as we wish to develop the idea of languages for life.

We cover a range of topics including myself, friends and family, free time, education and future careers and holidays to name but a few. 

Year 7 are taught in mixed-ability forms, whilst Year 8 and Year 9 are set by ability.

Homework is set once a week in line with the whole-school homework timetable.  Students are assessed in homework tasks either by the teacher by themselves or peers with guidelines.   Students are regularly set targets for improvement.

 YEAR 7

Our pupils are taught French for 7 hours over the two week timetable and they are taught in mixed-ability forms.  They are often supported in lessons by one of our Foreign Language Assistants which gives them the opportunity of working with a French native speaker.

The course we use is Studio and we supplement the published material with our own resources which are tailored to meet the needs of all of our students.

The topics taught are as follows:

Autumn Term 1

  • meeting people
  • saying how old you are – numbers up to 60
  • talking about birthdays
  • describing how you look
  • describing your personality
  • talking about your family and describing them
  • learning school objects
  • describing objects using colours
  • using classroom language
  • saying what you like and dislike

Pupils are formally assessed in listening, speaking, reading and writing which forms their baseline level.

Autumn Term 2

  • talking about school subjects
  • giving opinions and reasons
  • describing your timetable
  • describing your school day
  • talking about food

Pupils are formally assessed in speaking, reading and translating into French.

Spring Term 1

  • talking about computers and mobiles
  • talking about which sports you play
  • talking about activities
  • saying what you like doing
  • describing what other people do

Pupils are formally assessed in listening and writing.

Spring Term 2

  • talking about your town/village
  • giving directions
  • talking about where you go
  • asking someone to go somewhere
  • saying what you can do in town

Pupils are formally assessed in speaking and reading.

Summer Term 1

  • talking about your holidays
  • talking about getting ready to go out
  • buying drinks and snacks
  • talking about your holiday plans in the future
  • saying what you would like to do

Pupils are formally assessed in listening, speaking, reading and writing.

Summer Term 2

  • cultural project discussing animals, poetry and art
  • discovering the countries of the French speaking world

 YEAR 8

Our pupils are taught French for 5 hours over the two week timetable and they are taught in groups which have been set by ability.   They are often supported in lessons by one of our Foreign Language Assistants which gives them the opportunity of working with a French native speaker.

The course we use is Expo 2 and we supplement the published material with our own resources which are tailored to meet the needs of all of our students.

The topics taught are as follows:

Autumn Term 1

  • talk about your family;
  • jobs;
  • talking about where you live and where you would like to live;
  • describing a typical day.

Pupils are formally assessed in listening and speaking.

Autumn Term 2

  • talking about what you did last weekend;
  • discuss TV programmes;
  • saying where you went at the weekend and your opinion on it.

Pupils are formally assessed in reading and writing.

Spring Term 1

  • inviting people out;
  • making excuses;
  • talking about clothes;
  • discussing shopping.

Pupils are formally assessed in listening and speaking.

Spring Term 2

  • talk about food and meals;
  • preparing for a party;
  • shopping for food;
  • eating in a restaurant.

Pupils are formally assessed in reading and writing.

Summer Term 1

  • talk about countries and languages;
  • discuss holidays;
  • describe a holiday centre;
  • research holiday destinations;
  • talk about a past holiday.

Pupils are formally assessed in listening, speaking, reading and writing.

Summer Term 2

A film project i.e. Les Choristes. Various activities to promote understanding of film throughout then students create a voiceover for the trailer, a story graph showing the funniest moments, use a screen shot to invent new dialogue.

 YEAR 9

Our pupils are taught French for 5 hours over the two week timetable and they are taught in groups which have been set by ability.   They are often supported in lessons by one of our Foreign Language Assistants which gives them the opportunity of working with a French native speaker.

The course we use is Expo 3 and we supplement the published material with our own resources which are tailored to meet the needs of all of our students.

The topics taught are as follows:

Autumn Term 1

  • discuss what is on television;
  • talk about films and describe a visit to the cinema;
  • talk about your daily routine;
  • discuss reading material;

Pupils are formally assessed in listening and writing.

Autumn Term 2

  • planning what you will do tomorrow;
  • talk about the future including careers;
  • discuss the importance of languages;
  • a case study of someone who uses languages in their job.

Pupils are formally assessed in reading and speaking.

Spring Term 1

  • talking about illness;
  • describing injuries;
  • healthy living;
  • understanding and giving advice.

Pupils are formally assessed in listening and writing

Spring Term 2

  • what you did when you were younger;
  • discuss sports you used to do;
  • a whodunnit!
  • a profile of sports people.

Pupils are formally assessed in reading and speaking.

Summer Term 1

  • learning about a region of France;
  • travel arrangements;
  • arranging hotel accommodation;
  • a visit to an attraction;
  • a visit to a sporting event.

Pupils are formally assessed in listening, speaking, reading and writing.

Summer Term 2

Begin the GCSE course using Edexcel GCSE French resources.

 KEY STAGE 4 OVERVIEW

Students are guided through the Options process at every level and are advised on which Pathway they should choose.  French is a compulsory subject for students on Pathway 1 and Pathway 2 and it is an option on Pathway 4.  Approximately 75% of our students continue to study French to GCSE.   Students are once again taught in set ability groups and have five lessons over two weeks.  They build on the skills and knowledge acquired in Key Stage 3. Homework is set each week, and may include learning as well as producing a piece of writing, planning a speaking task or completing a reading exercise.  Feedback includes a GCSE grade as well as targets to improve.


The exam board we use is Edexcel.  Students are required to complete controlled assessments in Speaking and Writing, which are spread out over the two years.  At the end of Year 11 students are required to sit end-of-course Listening and Reading tests at either Foundation or Higher tier according to their ability in each skill.

 YEAR 10

Our pupils are taught French for 5 hours over the two week timetable and they are taught in groups which have been set by ability.   They are often supported in lessons by one of our Foreign Language Assistants which gives them the opportunity of working with a French native speaker.

The course we use is Edexcel for GCSE 9-1 and we supplement the published material with our own resources which are tailored to meet the needs of all of our students.  Some students will be entered for all Foundation level papers and others will be entered for Higher in all papers.

The themes and topics taught are as follows:

Autumn Term 1 – Identity and culture/ Who am I?

  • revising family and describing people;
  • revising places in town and activities;
  • talking about friends and what makes a good friend;
  • talking about family relationships;
  • making arrangements to go out;
  • describing a night out with friends;
  • talking about life when you were younger;
  • talking about role models.

The students will be formally assessed in reading and writing.

Autumn Term – Identity and culture/ Daily life and cultural life.

  • revising sport and music;
  • revising technology, films and TV;
  • talking about sport;
  • talking about your life online;
  • talking about books and reading;
  • talking about television programmes;
  • talking about actors and films.

The students will be formally assessed in listening and speaking.

Spring Term 1 – Identity and culture/ Daily life and cultural life.

  • talking about food and meals;
  • discussing shopping for clothes;
  • describing your daily life;
  • talking about food for special occasions;
  • using polite language;
  • describing family celebrations;
  • describing festivals and traditions.

Students are formally assessed in reading and writing.

Spring Term 2 – Local area, holiday and travel/ town, region and country.

  • talking about where you live, weather and transport;
  • describing a town and asking the way;
  • describing a region;
  • talking about your town, village or district;
  • discussing what to see and do;
  • discussing plans and weather;
  • describing community projects.

Students are formally assessed in listening and speaking.

Summer Term 1 – Local area, holiday and travel/ Holidays, travel and tourist transactions.

  • talking about what you normally do on holiday;
  • talking about past and future holidays;
  • talking about an ideal holiday;
  • booking and reviewing hotels;
  • ordering in a restaurant;
  • talking about travelling;
  • buying souvenirs;
  • talking about holiday disasters.

Pupils are formally assessed in listening, speaking, reading and writing.

Summer Term 2 – School/ What school is like and school activities.

  • revising school subjects;
  • talking about your school;
  • comparing school in the UK and French-speaking countries;
  • talking about getting the best out of school;
  • talking about a school exchange.

 YEAR 11

Our pupils are taught French for 5 hours over the two week timetable and they are taught in groups which have been set by ability.   They are often supported in lessons by one of our Foreign Language Assistants which gives them the opportunity of working with a French native speaker.

The course we use is Edexcel for GCSE and we supplement the published material with our own resources which are tailored to meet the needs of all of our students.

We run weekly revision sessions at lunchtime.

Oral and written CATs will be fully completed by Easter.

The topics taught are as follows:

Autumn Term 1

  • dictionary skills;
  • tense revision;
  • discussing jobs and money;
  • talking about part-time jobs;
  • discussing different jobs;
  • applying for jobs;
  • discussing problems at work;
  • work experience.

Possible CAT – either oral or written.

Autumn Term 2

  • talking about holiday venues;
  • weather;
  • hotels and travelling;
  • making holiday plans;
  • describing a destination;
  • talking about a past holiday.

Pupils are formally assessed in listening and reading – mock exam.

Spring Term 1

  • talking about food and drink;
  • parts of the body and illness;
  • healthy lifestyles;
  • addictions and other problems;
  • family relationships.

Spring Term 2

  • discussing world issues;
  • talking about problems in your area;
  • discussing the environment;
  • talking about environmental projects;
  • understanding news stories.

All CATs will be completed.

Summer Term 1

  • revision of all topics;
  • past papers.

 KEY STAGE 5 OVERVIEW

A’LEVEL FRENCH (Edexcel)

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

A grade B or above in French at GCSE is required.

Students are taught by their French teachers for 9 hours over the two-week timetable, with Yr 13 having an additional hour with one of the French Foreign Language Assistants.

COURSE AIMS

The Edexcel AS and Advanced GCE in French aims to encourage students to:

  • develop an interest in, and enthusiasm for language learning
  • develop understanding of the language in a variety of contexts and genres
  • communicate confidently, clearly and effectively in the language for a range of purposes
  • develop awareness and understanding of the contemporary society, cultural background and heritage of countries or communities where the language is spoken
  • consider their study of the language in a broader context

The Edexcel Advanced Subsidiary and Advanced GCE in French enable students to:

  • derive enjoyment and benefit from language learning
  • acquire knowledge, skills and understanding for practical use, further study and/or employment
  • communicate with speakers of the language
  • take their place in a multilingual global society

 YEAR 12

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

A grade B or above in French is required.

COURSE AIMS

The aims and objectives of the qualification are to enable students to:

  • Enhance their linguistic skills and promote and develop their capacity for critical thinking on the basis of their knowledge and understanding of the language, culture and society of the country or countries where the language is spoken.
  • Develop control of the language system to convey meaning, using spoken and written skills, including an extended range of vocabulary, for both practical and intellectual purposes as increasingly confident, accurate and independent users of the language.
  • Develop their ability to interact effectively with users of language in speech and in writing, including through online media.
  • Develop language learning skills and strategies, including communication strategies to sustain communication and build fluency and confidence.
  • Engage critically with intellectually stimulating texts, films and other materials in the original language, developing an appreciation of sophisticated and creative uses of the language and understanding them within their cultural and social context.
  • Develop knowledge about matters central to the society and culture, past and present, of the country or countries where the language is spoken.
  • Mediate between cultures and between speakers of the language and speakers of English.
  • Foster their ability to learn other languages.
  • Equip themselves with transferable skills such as autonomy, resourcefulness, creativity, critical thinking, and linguistic, cultural and cognitive flexibility that will enable them to proceed to further study or to employment.
  • Develop their capacity for critical and analytical thinking through the language.
  • Develop as independent researchers through the language of study.

COURSE CONTENT

There are three compulsory units for AS:

  1. Listening, reading and translation
  2. Written response to work, grammar and translation.
  3. Speaking

THEMES AND SUB-THEMES

There are 2 Themes in AS:

Theme 1
Changes in French Society

  • Changes in family structures;
  • Education;
  • The World of work.

Theme 2
Political and artistic culture in the French-speaking world

  • Music;
  • The Media;
  • Festivals and Traditions.

 YEAR 13

Unit 3: Understanding and Spoken Response in French

This unit requires students to demonstrate the effectiveness of their French-language skills by presenting and taking a clear stance on any issue of choice. They will be expected to interact effectively with the teacher/examiner, defend their views and sustain discussion as the teacher/examiner moves the conversation away from their chosen issue.

They will be expected to use the language of debate and argument to discuss the issue and will also be assessed for understanding as well as communication and quality of spoken language.

Unit 4: Research, Understanding and Written Response in French

This unit requires students to demonstrate skills in advanced-level French writing (discursive or creative essay) and translation from English into French. The unit also requires students to demonstrate evidence of independent, advanced-level French-language reading and research of a chosen text, play, film or topic area that links the culture and/or society of a French-speaking country, countries or community. The content of this unit will be linked to the following general topic area:

  • Youth culture and concerns
  • Lifestyle: health and fitness
  • The world around us: travel, tourism, environmental issues and the French-speaking world
  • Education and employment
  • Customs, traditions, beliefs and religions
  • National and international events: past, present and future
  • Literature and the arts.