Modern Foreign Languages

What is included in the course?

Within French and Spanish you will continue to study the language through the skills of listening, reading, writing and speaking. There will be an emphasis on understanding how the language works and how to manipulate language in order to be understood in different contexts. Grammar will be taught as a distinct theme running alongside the topic areas and key examination skills and techniques will be flagged up in lessons where appropriate. The course is divided into three different themes as follows:

  • Identity and culture
  • Local, national, international & global areas of interest
  • Current & future study and employment

Where possible authentic materials will be used such as interviews with native speakers and exposure to authentic published material such as newspapers.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment is by examination in all four skills at the end of year 11. There will be a listening paper at foundation and higher level which involves picking out key points, listening for detail and identifying grammatical points. There will also be a reading paper at higher and foundation level which involves reading for understanding along with a translation from the target language (French or Spanish) into English. In addition there will be written and spoken assessments.

What grades are available?

This course is worth a full GCSE with a grade from 1-9. Grade 9 being the top grade.

Recommended reading

Pearson Mira 4 (Spanish) Nelson Thomes AQA (French).

Tips and advice?

Try changing the language from your favourite film into French or Spanish.

Who should I contact for more information?

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