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With 220 million French speakers worldwide, French is the only language, together with English to be spoken on all five continents. French is also the second most spoken mother tongue in Europe and the third most commonly used language on the internet. Such facts clearly demonstrate the importance of learning French and the numerous professional and personal opportunities that will become available to any young Francophile. The International Organisation of La Francophonie represents one of the biggest linguistic zones in the world; its members not only share a common language but also they share the humanist value promoted by the French language.
France is also unsurprisingly the first tourist destination in the world. The very romantic and fashion capital city of Paris, the delicious delicacies, the wide variety of landscapes and its fascinating history, culture and arts have always captivated the rest of the world.
Studying French will give you the opportunities to access all these very exciting opportunities!
All classes are assessed formally on at least one skill every half-term. All four skills (Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing) are also assessed during lessons and through homework.
Recommended Resources and Websites
Books and magazines from the school library
Useful Resources and Websites
- mon jt quotidien
- BBC Talk French
- French revision
- BBC GCSE Bitesize
Other Useful Sites
- www.tes.co.uk/resources – variety of resources available
- Journée Mondiale de la Francophonie
- French plays performed by professional troops
- All year 7 perform Cendrillon as part of an inter-form competition
- Public speaking competitions
- Spelling bee competition
- GCHQ competition
- French Drama Festival
- Cinema club
- Advanced French club
- Theatre Trip to the University of Bristol
- French cookery workshop at Bordeaux Quay
- Cinema visits to the Watershed
Years 7 - 9
From day one in Year 7 students are starting to prepare for their Languages GCSE exams and follow a GCSE mastery curriculum. We aim to teach the following from the start of Year 7 so as to ensure all students become confident and enthusiastic linguists and master the skills required for GCSE:
- Dictionary and verb table skills
- Spontaneous Speaking
- Extended Writing
- Authentic Listening
- Authentic Reading
- Memory skills
Years 10 - 11
AQA New Specification from 2016
- Theme 1: Identity and culture
- Theme 2: Local, national and international and global areas of interest
- Theme 3: Current and future study and employment
- Paper 1: Listening 25%, written exam
- Paper 2: Speaking 25%, role play, photo card and general conversation
- Paper 3: Reading 25%, written exam
- Paper 4: Writing 25%, written exam
Why study French?
Students will be at a great advantage if they have good knowledge of a foreign language. French is therefore an excellent choice for careers in the political professions, in government service, in business, banking, the law and education for example. Major organisations such as the Red Cross, UNESCO and the European Court of Justice will all recruit candidates with an excellent knowledge of French. Most subjects combine well with French, the most popular combinations being with English Literature, History, Economics, Business Studies or Mathematics and Sciences.
French is a facilitating subject that is welcomed by Russell Group universities. The ability to communicate at a high level in a foreign language is often essential for those wishing to study or work abroad at a later date. French therefore offers flexibility and will be beneficial for the employability of any young person.
Recent Exam Success
Two students gained places to read French at Oxford University in the last 3 years. 100% A*-A at A Level in 2015.