The French department is very experienced, enthusiastic , and committed to providing a language programme accessible for all students. Very importantly, we encourage the students to view the subject positively in order to feel successful in their language learning experience. We also believe that Modern Foreign Languages also contribute to numeracy, literacy, and working with others.
Students are rewarded not only for the quality of their work but also their effort and their contribution to the lessons.
We want students to be confident enough to use their knowledge of the language as much as possible in the class and beyond. Therefore, students will be expected to use the target language as much as they can, which will support their pronunciation and confidence to speak in front of an audience.
As well reading, writing, reading, listening and translation skills, we want students to develop their individual and collaborative thinking skills and to become independent learners. Therefore, the students are encouraged to reflect on their work and how to improve their own learning and performance.
Homework is set in accordance with the school policy. Extra vocabulary learning homeworks may also be set, in order to widen the students’ range of vocabulary.
At KS4, weekly homeworks are expected to be completed and aim to develop the key skills required for the examinations. Furthermore,Vocabulary learning will be regularly set via www.memrise.com and www.quizlet.com , as it is vital that students regularly memorise new key words to enhance further their understanding of the language.
In Years 7 and Year 8, students follow the French schemes of work published by Oxford and based on the textbooks Allez 1 and Allez 2. The curriculum offers a lot of opportunities for students:
In Year 7, the students will reinforce some aspects of what they learnt at KS2 but mainly, they will cover new topics such as home life, their living environment, food and school life. Grammatically we will focus on sentences’ construction ( pronoun, verbs, adjectives, word order).
In Year 8, they will cover topics like going out, fashion, media, sports and free time activities Grammatically, The emphasis will be on the 3 tenses, present, past and future.
In Year 9, students will focus on some of the basics needed to feel secure at KS4, such as key tenses, present, past and future, as well as opinions and increasing their range of vocabulary. Students will cover some key topics for the GCSE and will be assessed on the five skills they need to master at KS4: listening, reading, writing and speaking.
We will also develop the cultural learning of the French learning by researching World War 2 through the media.
We want the students to understand the requirements of the GCSE course. We aim to increase students’ confidence about their linguistic skills and hopefully choose a language at KS4.
Students will be expected to have weekly vocabulary tests in order to improve their range of vocabulary.
All four language skills assessed: Speaking (25%), Reading (25%), Listening (25%) and Writing (25%)
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