Core Content GCSE French

Students study all of the following themes on which the assessments are based.

Theme 1: Identity and culture

Theme 2: Local, national, international and global areas of interest

Theme 3: Current and future study and employment

Structure of the course:

The NEW GCSE course is assessed on a 9-1 scale. Students will take four exams which assess the four key skills areas. Each assessment is equally weighted at 25%. Students study the following themes on which the assessments are based. Theme 1: Identity and culture. Theme 2: Local, national, international and global areas of interest. Theme 3: Current and future study and employment The four exams are taken at the end of Y11 and are as follows:

The specification covers three distinct themes. These themes apply to all four question papers.

Students are expected to understand and provide information and opinions about these themes relating to their own experiences and those of other people, including people in countries/communities where French is spoken.

 Listening. Understanding and responding to different types of spoken language.

 Speaking. Communicating and interacting effectively in speech for a variety of purposes

 Reading. Understanding and responding to different types of written language

 Writing. Communicating effectively in writing for a variety of purposes

Local Interests Foundation

Local Interests Foundation

Local Interests Higher

Local Interests Higher

Theme 3:

Local, national, international and global areas of interest covers the following four topics with related sub-topics shown as bullet points:

Topic 1: Home, town, neighbourhood and region

Topic 2: Social issues

  • Charity/voluntary work

  • Healthy/unhealthy living

Topic 3: Global issues

  • The environment

  • Poverty/homelessness

Topic 4: Travel and tourism

Theme 1

Theme 1: Identity and culture covers the following four topics with related sub-topics shown as bullet points:

  • Topic 1: Me, my family and friends

  • Relationships with family and friends

  • Marriage/partnership

Topic 3: Free-time activities

  • Music

  • Cinema and TV

  • Food and eating out

  • Sport

Topic 4: Customs and festivals in French-speaking countries/communities

Theme 4: Current and future study and employment

Topic 1: My studies

Topic 2: Life at school/college

Topic 3: Education post-16

Topic 4: Jobs, career choices and ambitions

Theme 2:Technology in everyday life

  • Social media

  • Mobile technology

AQA - GCSE Speaking Exam - Foundation

Higher-markscheme-speaking-GCSE


Identity and Culture Foundation

Identity and Culture Foundation

Identity and Culture Higher

Identity and Culture Higher

Listening

  • Use the few minutes prior to starting wisely. Think of the vocabulary you know on the topic and may be about to hear.

  • In listening, each question is repeated twice. Listen once and don’t rush your answer. You should listen for key words and the information around the key words. Take time to process all you have heard.

Reading

  • In reading, the questions will usually follow the order of the text i.e. you will find the answer to the first question towards the beginning of the text and the answer to the last question towards the end of the text.


  • You should read the texts and instructions very thoroughly paying attention to the ‘little’ words such as negatives, tenses and opinions. Make sure you don’t rush when answering and that you read the sentence where you think the answer is thoroughly and to the end.

  • You should take care with pronouns (Je/il/elle…) as well as tenses when answering in French in the reading.

Tips for success

Very regularly you should:

  • Thoroughly memorise and revise key vocabulary from each topic

  • Practise spellings in French

  • Practise understanding and asking questions

  • Practise key grammar points including verbs in the different tenses.

Reading and Listening

The longer texts or audio tasks, which tend to get you the highest grades, can appear daunting, but they don’t need to be. Just be aware that:

  • You will answer some of the questions in English, some in French. Some with will multiple choice answers in either language.

  • You should expect some unfamiliar language and deduce meaning at times.

Writing and Speaking

  • Express and justify opinions whenever you can

  • Use a variety of vocabulary including complex structures

  • Include references to different time frames (present, past, future)

  • Give as much detail as you can and develop your answers as much as possible.

  • In speaking, make sure you practise regularly taking care with pronunciation and intonation.


Resources and useful websites

Folder vocabulary sheets and class notes

Vocab List

Vocab List

BBC bitesBBC Bitesize

Linguascope Intermediate

www.linguascope.com

Username: mayville

Password: fairy

Current and future studies

Current and future studies

AQA GCSE French revision workbook (in UV)

Listening Link

Duolingo

KS4 speaking exam help section:

KS4 Environment:

KS4 Mobile technology and social networks:

KS4 Healthy living:

KS4 School and future plans:


French revision site for grammar and topics.

http://www.aiglon.ch/langlink/frenchrev.html

French GCSE general revision site with revision advice

http://www.revisioncentre.co.uk/gcse/french/index.html

Basic vocabulary builder including many games in French.

http://www.atantot-extra.co.uk/

Basic vocabulary builder including many games in French.

http://www.atantot-extra.co.uk/

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/av/supermovers/47131128

Website to motivate pupils with language learning outside the classroom. It contains cultural references, games, grammar explanations, vocabulary building tools, power points, pronunciation tips, songs, topic based tasks for A Level and IB French, films, links to newspapers, online radio stations & television channels and much more. Good to use for extension, homework or differentiation tasks.

http://angulincksfrenchwebsite.weebly.com/

French GCSE practice by topics: crosswords, multiple choices …

http://zut.languageskills.co.uk/intermediate/year10.html


Film/series recommendations from Netflix