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Modern Foreign Languages

Modern Foreign Languages

Subject Head: Louisa Amoah

Contact: lamoah@farmors.gloucs.sch.uk

KS3 Languages

Course Outline

During their first three years at Farmor’s all students will study at least one modern foreign language. This language will be either French or Spanish for five periods each week in Years 7 and 8 and four periods each week in Year 9. All students will begin studying either French or Spanish in Year 7 and will continue with this language through to Year 9. Students who show an aptitude for languages will be offered the chance to take up a second language in Year 8; this will be either French or Spanish. 

We believe that studying languages will enable pupils to learn to appreciate different countries, cultures, communities and people. They will also gain insight into their own culture and society. Pupils will cover a range of topics, as outlined below, which will enable them to gain greater confidence in expressing themselves in the target language. The content and detail of what is covered each term will vary according to set, allowing for greater challenge or consolidation where required.

KS4 Modern Foreign Languages

GCSE French

Specification: AQA GCSE French - 8658

Course outline

Students study the three themes of Identity and culture, Local, national, international and global areas of interest and finally Current and future study and employment.

What should students expect to do during the course?

Students are expected to understand and provide information and opinions about the above themes relating them to their own experiences and those of other people, including people in countries/communities where French is spoken.  The course aims to increase students’ ability to communicate in a foreign language. They will develop their skills in listening, speaking, reading and writing and will sit formal exams to test all four skills at the end of Year 11. Students will learn about the culture and lifestyle of countries where French is spoken.   Studying French will improve employment prospects and enhance foreign travel experiences.

Assessment

GCSE French has a Foundation Tier (grades 1–5) and a Higher Tier (grades 4–9). Students take four question papers from the same tier.

Paper 1: LISTENING (Understanding and responding to different types of spoken language)

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

Paper 2: SPEAKING (Communicating and interacting effectively in speech for a variety of purposes)

  • Non-exam assessment covering Role-play, Photo card, General conversation 
  • 7–9 minutes (Foundation Tier) + preparation time
  • 10–12 minutes (Higher Tier) + preparation time
  • 60 marks (for each of Foundation Tier and Higher Tier) and 25% of GCSE

Paper 3: READING (Understanding and responding to different types of written language)

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

Paper 4:  WRITING (Communicating effectively in writing for a variety of purposes) 

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

Progression into Sixth Form

We offer a well-established and successful A-Level in French

GCSE Spanish

Specification: AQA GCSE Spanish  8698

Course outline

Students study each of the themes ‘Identity and culture’, ‘Local, national, international and global areas of interest’ and finally ‘Current and future study and employment’.

What should students expect to do during the course?

Students are expected to understand and provide information and opinions about the above themes relating them to their own experiences and those of other people, including people in countries/communities where Spanish is spoken. The course aims to increase students’ ability to communicate in a foreign language. They will develop their skills in listening, speaking, reading and writing and will sit formal exams to test all four skills at the end of Year 11. Students will learn about the culture and lifestyle of countries where Spanish is spoken. Studying Spanish will improve employment prospects and enhance foreign travel experiences.

Assessment (graded 9- 1)

GCSE Spanish has a Foundation Tier (grades 1–5) and a Higher Tier (grades 4–9) and will be assessed on the following four question papers in the same tier:

Paper 1: LISTENING - Understanding and responding to different types of spoken language

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

Paper 2: SPEAKING -Communicating and interacting effectively in speech for a variety of purposes

  • Non-exam assessment covering Role-play, Photo card, General conversation 
  • 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

Paper 3: READING -Understanding and responding to different types of written language

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

Paper 4:  WRITING -Communicating effectively in writing for a variety of purposes 

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

Progression into Sixth Form

Spanish is offered at A-Level