AS French

Key Stage 4 Co-Ordinator: Miriam Page

Key Stage Four Overview

Key Stage 4 French:

Language lessons at Edmonton County School are highly interactive and students will be given the opportunity to develop the skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing. We build an awareness of grammar and encourage students to manipulate language and express themselves with increasing confidence.

We always aim to inspire a love of languages and appreciation for different cultures. Through our lessons, we broaden students’ horizons, educate them to be globally aware and encourage them to become culturally sensitive.

French

Current year 11-

KS4 Curriculum Intro:

Students will study the OCR GCSE French course at either Foundation level (grades C – G) or Higher level (grades A* – D). Students will complete controlled assessments in Speaking and Writing in Year 11 in November and February. Students will also take examinations in Reading and Listening in the Summer of Year 11.

COURSE OUTLINE: Unit 1 – Listening = 20% ; Unit 2 – Reading = 20%; Unit 3 Speaking = 30%; Unit 4 – Writing = 30%

Students will further develop their use of the past tense, begin to develop their use of the future tense and start to use the conditional and imperfect tenses. Most of Year 11 will be spent developing students written and spoken language skills in order to be fully prepared for the controlled assessments. They will acquire knowledge and understanding of the target language, develop language skills, develop language learning skills and further develop cultural awareness.

 Autumn TermSpring TermSummer Term
Y11
  • LOCAL AREA
  • HEALTHY LIVING
  • REVISION OF SYLLABUS
  • PREPARATION FOR FINAL READING AND LISTENING EXAMINATIONS

Assessment – How is work assessed?

  • Homework and class work is marked using grade and comments
  • Pupils are given a current grade and a target level for the end of KS4
  • Regular assessment covering the four skills

Homework – Frequency and type of work

Year 11 are expected to spend 60-75 minutes per week on either a short piece of writing or vocabulary learning. If no specific task is set pupils are expected to spend time revising new language learnt during the week.

How can you support your child?

  • Support them with homework activities when appropriate and if possible
  • Encourage them to use the website listed on the year handbooks

Equipment Required

Pen, pencil, ruler, green pen and board marker

 

 YEAR 9 AND YEAR 10

Curriculum Changes to GCSE languages from 2016

From September 2016, the GCSE in Modern Languages will be equally weighted as follows:

  1. Listening – 25%
  2. Reading – 25%
  3. Writing – 25%
  4. Speaking – 25%

In the new GCSE examination, there is NO coursework/controlled assessment and all skills are examined at the end of YR11 – this includes the written and spoken examinations

Subject content

Core content

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

Assessments

GCSE French has a Foundation Tier (grades 1–5) and a Higher Tier (grades 4–9). Students must take all four question papers at the same tier. All question papers must be taken in the same series.

Paper 1: Listening

What’s assessed

Understanding and responding to different types of spoken language

How it’s assessed

  • Written exam: 35 minutes (Foundation Tier), 45 minutes (Higher Tier)
  • 40 marks (Foundation Tier), 50 marks (Higher Tier)
  • 25% of GCSE

(Each exam includes 5 minutes’ reading time of the question paper before the listening stimulus is played.)

Questions

Foundation Tier and Higher Tier

  • Section A – questions in English, to be answered in English or non-verbally
  • Section B – questions in French, to be answered in French or non-verbally
Paper 2: Speaking

What’s assessed

Communicating and interacting effectively in speech for a variety of purposes

How it’s assessed

  • Non-exam assessment
  • 7–9 minutes (Foundation Tier) + preparation time
  • 10–12 minutes (Higher Tier) + preparation time
  • 60 marks (for each of Foundation Tier and Higher Tier)
  • 25% of GCSE

Questions

Foundation Tier and Higher Tier

The format is the same at Foundation Tier and Higher Tier, but with different stimulus questions for the Photo card and different stimulus materials for the Role-play. The timings are different too:

  • Role-play – 15 marks (2 minutes at Foundation Tier; 2 minutes at Higher Tier)
  • Photo card – 15 marks (2 minutes at Foundation Tier; 3 minutes at Higher Tier)
  • General conversation – 30 marks (3–5 minutes at Foundation Tier; 5–7 minutes at Higher Tier)
Paper 3: Reading

What’s assessed

Understanding and responding to different types of written language

How it’s assessed

  • Written exam: 45 minutes (Foundation Tier), 1 hour (Higher Tier)
  • 60 marks (for each of Foundation Tier and Higher Tier)
  • 25% of GCSE

Questions

Foundation Tier and Higher Tier

  • Section A – questions in English, to be answered in English or non-verbally
  • Section B – questions in French, to be answered in French or non-verbally
  • Section C – translation from French into English (a minimum of 35 words for Foundation Tier and 50 words for Higher Tier)
Paper 4: Writing

What’s assessed

Communicating effectively in writing for a variety of purposes

How it’s assessed

  • Written exam: 1 hour (Foundation Tier), 1 hour 15 minutes (Higher Tier)
  • 50 marks at Foundation Tier and 60 marks at Higher Tier
  • 25% of GCSE

Questions

Foundation Tier

  • Question 1 – message (student produces four sentences in response to a photo) – 8 marks
  • Question 2 – short passage (student writes a piece of continuous text in response to four brief bullet points, approximately 40 words in total) – 16 marks
  • Question 3 – translation from English into French (minimum 35 words) – 10 marks
  • Question 4 – structured writing task (student responds to four compulsory detailed bullet points, producing approximately 90 words in total) – there is a choice from two questions – 16 marks

Higher Tier

  • Question 1 – structured writing task (student responds to four compulsory detailed bullet points, producing approximately 90 words in total) – there is a choice from two questions – 16 marks
  • Question 2 – open-ended writing task (student responds to two compulsory detailed bullet points, producing approximately 150 words in total) – there is a choice from two questions – 32 marks
  • Question 3 – translation from English into French (minimum 50 words) – 12 marks

Assessment – How is work assessed?

  • Homework and class work is marked using grade and comments
  • Pupils are given a current grade and a target level for the end of KS4
  • Regular assessment covering the four skills

Homework – Frequency and type of work

Year 11 are expected to spend 60-75 minutes per week on either a short piece of writing or vocabulary learning. If no specific task is set pupils are expected to spend time revising new language learnt during the week.

How can you support your child?

  • Support them with homework activities when appropriate and if possible
  • Encourage them to use the website listed on the year handbooks

Equipment Required

Pen, pencil, ruler, green pen and board marker