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Students in Years 7 – 11 take an assessment in vocabulary and translation every half term. In addition, each of the skills of Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing will be formally assessed at least once throughout the year.
All of our rooms are equipped with an interactive whiteboard, and have audio equipment. We also have priority access to an IT room. Our specialist sixth form room houses a small library of foreign texts and films to enhance learning.
We offer a cultural visit to Normandy to all students at the end of year 8, and a study trip to Barcelona for students in Years 9 and 10.
Students taking French at A Level are encouraged to take part in our exchange visit to Vincennes, in the east of Paris.
Students have six hours of language study per fortnight, four in French, and two in Spanish, in mixed ability groups.
Years 8 & 9
Students are placed into sets, and the pattern of lessons continues, with four hours of French, and two of Spanish per fortnight.
A small number of students who are experiencing difficulties with Literacy will no longer study French. Instead, they receive four hours of Spanish teaching per fortnight, and two hours of additional Literacy/Reading support.
At the end of Year 9, students decide which of the two languages they wish to continue for GCSE. Those who wish may continue to study both French and Spanish.
Years 10 & 11
Students have five hours of teaching per fortnight in their chosen language(s).
We are currently using the new AQA 9 – 1 specifications, and students will be tested in the four skills of Listening, Speaking, Reading, and Writing. All four skills are equally weighted (25%).
The textbook which we use in class is also available online, via Kerboodle. At the beginning of Year 10, all students will be given a Kerboodle login, to enable them to access the textbook at home, and to complete homework activities.
As there is no longer any coursework, it is even more important that students are regularly revising topics and vocabulary, and homework will often be set from Vocab Express, an online vocabulary learning site to which the department subscribes.
Years 12 & 13
French is offered at A Level, and Spanish at AS Level only. We follow the AQA syllabus in both languages. Students study contemporary aspects of French/Spanish society and culture, including film and literature.
Those students taking French are strongly encouraged to take part in our exchange with a school in Paris.
French Exchange 2017
French Exchange 2016