MFL

MFL Staff

Ms S Rowan

Leader of Student Support (Year 7) Curriculum Leader Modern Foreign Languages

Mr N Mills

Modern Foreign Languages, Deputy Headteacher

Miss N Rush

Modern Foreign Languages

Key Stage 3 - Yrs 7 - 9

French Year 07 – EXPO 1 – Sets 1-3
Autumn Term

Module 1 - “C’est parti!”
Module 1.1
Saying hello and goodbye.
Giving your name / Asking someone’s name.
Asking someone how he / she is and saying how you are.

Module 1.2
Talking about school objects.
Saying and understanding the alphabet.

Module 1.3
Counting up to 20.
Saying how old you are, and asking someone’s age.

Module 1.4
Saying when your birthday is.
Giving the date.

Module 1.5
Talking about the classroom.
Understanding instructions.

Module 1.6
Saying what colour things are.

Module 2 - “Famille et Copains”
Module 2.1
Talking about brothers and sisters.

Module 2.2
Talking about your family.

Module 2.3
Talking about your pets.

Module 2.4
Describing yourself and others.

Module 2.5
Talking about hair and eyes.

French Year 07 – EXPO 1 – Sets 1-3
Spring Term

Module 3 - “Chez Moi”
Module 3.1
Talking about where people live.
Saying what kind of town you live in.
Saying where it is

Module 3.2
Saying what kind of house you live in.
Naming the rooms in a house.
Saying what there is on each floor.

Module 3.3

Describing your bedroom.
Saying where things are.

Module 3.4
Talking about what you do at home.
Saying what you don’t do.

Module 3.5
Telling the time.
Counting up to 69

Module 4 – “On va en ville”
Module 4.1
Asking and talking about places in a town.

Module 4.2
Asking for and understanding simple directions.
More places in town.

Module 4.3
Saying where you are and where you are going.

Module 4.4
Making and responding to suggestions for going out.
Giving opinions.

Module 4.5
Ordering drinks and snacks.
Asking the cost and understanding prices.

French Year 07 – EXPO 1 – Sets 1-3
Summer Term

Module 5 – “Ma Journée”
Module 5.1
Talking about what you do in the morning.
Saying at what time you do things.

Module 5.2
Talking about your school subjects.
Saying what you like and don’t like.

Module 5.3
Giving opinions and reasons.

Module 5.4
Talking about your timetable.
Understanding and composing a longer text.

Module 5.5
Talking about what you do after school.
Counting up to 100.

Module 6 – “On s’amuse”
Module 6.1
Talking about sports and games.

Module 6.2
Talking about musical instruments.
Saying when people play and how well they play.

Module 6.3
Talking about things you like to do.

Module 6.4
Talking about leisure centre activities.

Module 6.5
Talking about holiday activities.

Recommended Resources
Expo 1 Pupils’ Book (Heinemann )
www.wordreference.com

Equipment Required
Pen
Pencil
Ruler
Expo 1 textbook
Red coloured French exercise book
Orange coloured French vocabulary book

Homework
Homework is set twice a week - usually one written and one learning homework.
Work should normally take between 20 and 30 minutes to complete but will vary with the task.

Assessment
Listening, Reading and Writing tasks are marked according to the specific task criteria. In these circumstances staff provide guidance as to what National Curriculum level certain marks would equate to, along with advice on how to improve.

An exam is sat in late November, testing work from the Autumn Term, the results of which will be used to inform Foundation setting decisions for the Spring Term and beyond. End of year tests are held again in May / June based on the year’s work, to confirm setting and to determine a National Curriculum level for the end of Year 7.

An average student will be performing at Level 3 by the end of Year 7. A high ability student may reach Level 4.

How you can help
Check homework has been completed (twice a week).
Help students learn for vocabulary tests.
Ensure students have appropriate equipment and bring it to every lesson. This includes their textbook, exercise book and vocabulary books.
Don’t let them use Google Translate (or any other online translation site) - it produces rubbish !

French Year 08 – EXPO 2 ROUGE – Set 1
Autumn Term

Module 1 - “Famille et domicile”
Module 1.1
Talking about families
Using “er” verbs

Module 1.2
Talking about jobs people do
Using masculine and feminine nouns

Module 1.3
Talking about where people live
Using “depuis”

Module 1.4
Describing the weather
Using the connectives “quand” and “si”

Module 1.5
Describing a typical day
Using “ir”, “re” and irregular verbs


Module 2 - “Temps libre”
Module 2.1
Talking about last weekend
The perfect tense with “avoir”

Module 2.2
Talking about yesterday evening
The perfect tense with irregular past paerticiples

Module 2.3
Talking about TV programmes you have watched
Giving opinions using “c’était ..” and “ce n’était pas ..”

Module 2.4
Talking about where you went
The perfect tense with “être”

Module 2.5
Talking about events in the past
Extending and linking sentences

French Year 08 – EXPO 2 ROUGE – Set 1
Spring Term

Module 3 - “Les sorties”
Module 3.1
Making and reacting to invitations
Using the verb “vouloir”

Module 3.2
Making excuses
Using the verbs “pouvoir” and “devoir”

Module 3.3
Talking about clothes
Adjectival agreement

Module 3.4
Shops and shopping
Using comparative adjectives

Module 3.5
Understanding a longer text including mixed tenses
Using comparatives and superlatives

Module 4 - “Manger et boire”
Module 4.1
Talking about food
The definite article after “aimer” and “préférer”

Module 4.2
Talking about French meals
The partitive article “du / de la / de l’ / des …”

Module 4.3
Preparing for a party
Using “il faut” and the infinitive

Module 4.4
Shopping for food
Using “de” with quantities

Module 4.5
Eating at a restaurant

French Year 08 – EXPO 2 ROUGE – Set 1
Summer Term

Module 5 - “Voyages et vacances”
Module 5.1
Talking about countries and languages
Using the prepositions “à” and “en”

Module 5.2
Talking about holidays
Asking questions using question words

Module 5.3
Describing a holiday centre
Giving opinions

Module 5.4
Talking about a past holiday
More practice with the perfect tense

Module 5.5
Finding information about a holiday destination
Taking part in unscripted dialogues

Module 6 - “Les copains”
Module 6.1
Talking about friends
Using “notre” and “nos”

Module 6.2
Talking about pocket money
Using “avoir besoin de…”

Module 6.3
Describing things
More comparatives and superlatives

Module 6.4
Present, past and future
Using the three main time frames

Module 6.5
Hopes and wishes
Using different verbs and the infinitive

Recommended Resources
Expo 2 Vert Pupils’ Book (Heinemann)
www.wordreference.com

Equipment Required
Pen
Pencil
Ruler
Expo 2 Vert textbook
Red coloured French exercise book
Orange coloured French vocabulary book

Homework
Homework is set twice a week - usually one written and one learning homework.
Work should normally take between 30 and 40 minutes to complete but will vary with the task. An essay will take longer whereas a reading task may require less time.

Assessment
Listening, Reading and Writing tasks are marked according to the specific task criteria along with advice on how to improve. In these circumstances staff provide guidance as to what National Curriculum level certain marks would equate to.
Regular tests, or “contrôles” are sat at the end of each module to check what has been learned and remembered over the half term that it has been taught. This will inform students of the level at which they are currently working and what they need to do to get to the next level.
A formal exam is sat in January, testing work from the Autumn Term, and again in June based on the year’s work. This will determine a National Curriculum level for the end of Year 8.

An average student will reach Level 5 by the end of this academic year. A higher ability student may reach Level 5a/6c whereas a lower ability student in this set should reach Level 5c.

How you can help
Check homework has been completed (set twice a week).
Help students learn for vocabulary tests.
Ensure students have appropriate equipment and bring it to every lesson. This includes their textbook, exercise book and vocabulary books.
Don’t let them use Google Translate (or any other online translation site) - it produces rubbish !

French Year 08 – EXPO 2 VERT – Sets 2 and 3
Autumn Term

Module 1 - “Famille et Domicile”
Module 1.1
Talking about yourself

Module 1.2
Talking about families

Module 1.3
Talking about jobs people do

Module 1.4
Talking about where people live

Module 1.5
Describing the weather

Module 2 - “Temps Libre”
Module 2.1
Talking about what you like doing

Module 2.2
Talking about what sports you do

Module 2.3
Talking about what you do with your friends

Module 2.4
Talking about what TV programmes you have watched

Module 2.5
Saying what you and your friends did

French Year 08 - EXPO 2 VERT – Sets 2 and 3
Spring Term

Module 3 - “Les sorties”
Module 3.1

Making and reacting to invitations
Using the verb “vouloir”

Module 3.2
Making excuses
Using the verbs “pouvoir” and “devoir”

Module 3.3
Talking about clothes

Module 3.4
Buying clothes

Module 3.5
Saying where you went

Module 4 - “Manger et boire”
Module 4.1
Food you like and don’t like

Module 4.2
Breakfast and lunch

Module 4.3
Preparing for a party

Module 4.4
Buying provisions

Module 4.5
Evening meals

French Year 08 - EXPO 2 VERT – Sets 2 and 3
Summer Term

Module 5 - “Voyages et vacances”
Module 5.1
Countries and nationalities

Module 5.2
Talking about holidays

Module 5.3
Describing a holiday centre

Module 5.4
Finding out about a holiday destination
Asking questions

Module 5.5
Talking about a past holiday

Module 6 - “Visite en France !”
Module 6.1
Talking about your friends

Module 6.2
Pocket money

Module 6.3
Talking about gadgets

Module 6.4
Plans for the holidays

Module 6.5
Talking about plans and dreams


Recommended Resources
Expo 2 Vert Pupils’ Book (Heinemann)
www.wordreference.com

Equipment Required
Pen
Pencil
Ruler
Expo 2 Vert textbook
Red coloured French exercise book
Orange coloured French vocabulary book

Homework
Homework is set twice a week - usually one written and one learning homework.
Work should normally take between 30 and 40 minutes to complete but will vary with the task.

Assessment
Listening, Reading and Writing tasks are marked according to the specific task criteria along with advice on how to improve. In these circumstances staff provide guidance as to what National Curriculum level certain marks would equate to.

Regular tests, or “contrôles” are sat at the end of each module to check what has been learned and remembered over the half term that it has been taught. This will inform students of the level at which they are currently working and what they need to do to get to the next level.

A formal exam is sat in January, testing work from the Autumn Term, and again in June based on the year’s work. This will determine a National Curriculum level for the end of Year 8.

An average student will reach Level 4. A higher ability student may reach Level 5 by the end of this academic year.

How you can help
Check homework has been completed (set twice a week).
Help students learn for vocabulary tests.
Ensure students have appropriate equipment and bring it to every lesson. This includes their textbook, exercise book and vocabulary books.

Don’t let them use Google Translate (or any other online translation site) - it produces rubbish !

French Year 09 - Rouge – Set 1
Module 1 - “L’Hexagone”
Module 1.1
Learn words to describe a town or region and what it has to offer.
Revise the points of the compass.
Extend knowledge of significant places in France.
Revise the formation of adjectives, comparatives and superlatives.
Recognise that “il” and “elle” can mean “it”.

Module 1.2
Learn how to describe what a town or village is like.
Learn to give your opinions about a town or village.
Learn how to say how long you’ve lived somewhere and where you were born.
Learn to use “depuis” to say how long you’ve been doing something.
Revise how to say what “there is” and what “there isn’t”.

Module 1.3
Learn how to describe what features a town has.
Learn how to say what you can do there.
Revise how to say “to the” and “at the”.
Revise the verb “faire” and use it to talk about activities.
Learn how to ask what there is to do or see in a place.
Learn how to describe how far away something is.

Module 1.4
Learn to spot verbs and nouns in a longer written passage.
Learn to say what “one can” do.
Revise and compare the perfect and present tenses.
Practise using the perfect tense to describe what you have done.

Module 1.5
Learn new vocabulary and work out how to pronounce it using words which are already known
Revise how to describe how far away something is
Practice turning “je” forms of verbs into the “il” and “elle” forms
Revise “Qui”, “Que”, “Lequel” and “Où”

Module 2 - “J’Arrive”
Module 2.1
Learn vocabulary to describe people’s jobs.
Learn how to make jobs nouns feminine.
Revise places vocabulary to say where people work and learn how to say “in” or “at”.
Revise the “Futur Proche” to say what you are going to do.
Learn to give opinions about jobs.

Module 2.2
Revise vocabulary to describe parts of a house.
Learn further vocabulary to talk about a house.
Practice liaisons in pronunciation.
Revise the use of “depuis” to say how long you’ve been doing something.
Revise “nous” and “vous” forms of the present tense.

Module 2.3
Learn to use “pouvoir” and “devoir” to ask what you can and should do.
Learn phrases which take “avoir” in French but “to be” in English.
Learn “helping around the house” expressions.
Practise forming sentences which have 2 verbs together.

Module 2.4
Learn some basic vocabulary for cutlery, crockery and cooking utensils.
Revise how to change articles according to a noun’s gender.
Learn how to form and use subject and object pronouns.
Learn to use “il me faut” and “il te faut”.
Revise “positions” vocab to say where things are.
Learn structures to describe how you get on with people.
Learn vocabulary to describe personality.
Revise how to use object pronouns.
Revise how to use reflexive verbs, infinitives and adjectives to improve the quality of your writing.

Recommended Resources
Métro 3 Rouge Pupils’ Book
RosiMcNab
Heinemann
www.wordreference.com

Equipment Required
Pen
Pencil
Ruler
Métro 3 Rouge textbook
Red coloured French exercise book
Orange coloured French vocabulary book

Homework
Homework is set twice a week - usually one written and one learning homework. Work should normally
take between 30 and 40 minutes to complete but will vary with the task. An essay will take longer
whereas a reading task may require less time.

Assessment
Essays are given a National Curriculum level along with advice on how to improve.
Listening, Reading and other Writing tasks are marked according to the specific task criteria. In these
circumstances staff provide guidance as to what National Curriculum level certain marks would equate to.
An exam is sat in the Spring when the group has reached the appropriate point in the Scheme of Work. A
final statutory SATs level is determined at the end of the summer term and is based on the average level
achieved across the four skills of Listening, Reading, Speaking and Writing. An average student in Set 1
will reach National Curriculum Level 6. A higher ability student (such as Gifted and Talented in MFL) may
reach Level 7 by the end of this academic year.

How you can help
Check homework has been completed (set twice a week).
Help students learn for vocabulary tests.
Ensure students have appropriate equipment and bring it to every lesson. This includes their textbook,
exercise book and vocabulary books.
Don’t let them use Google Translate (or any other online translation site) - it produces rubbish !

French Year 09 - Vert – Sets 2 and 3

Module 1 - “L’Hexagone”
Module 1.1
Learn words to describe a town or region and what it has to offer.
Revise the points of the compass.
Extend knowledge of significant places in France and revise words for European countries.
Recognise that “il” and “elle” can mean “it”.

Module 1.2
Learn how to describe what a town is like.
Learn how to say how long you’ve lived somewhere and where you were born.
Revise how to say what “there is” and what “there isn’t”.

Module 1.3
Learn how to describe what features a town has and say what you can do there.
Revise how to say “to the” and “at the”.
Revise the verb “faire” and use it to talk about activities.
Learn how to ask what there is to do or see in a place.

Module 1.4
Learn how to describe what leisure activities you like to do.
Learn how to ask what someone likes doing.
Learn phrases which explain why you like or dislike something.

Module 1.5
Learn how to say some things that you did in the past.
Learn how to say what you didn’t do.
Learn how to describe what “he” or “she” did.

Module 2 - “J’Arrive”
Module 2.1
Learn vocabulary to describe people’s jobs.
Learn that some jobs have a feminine form and may be pronounced differently.
Revise the verb “être”
Revise how to say “MY” and “HIS” and “HER”
Revise the vocabulary for family members.

Module 2.2
Revise vocabulary to describe parts of a house and learn further vocabulary to talk about a house.
Learn to use “près” to say “near to”.
Revise “nous” forms of the present tense to say “we”.

Module 2.3
Learn structures to talk about a problem.
Revise how to ask for something.
Revise the verbs “avoir” and “être”.
Learn vocabulary which might help you to describe a problem.

Module 2.4
Learn household jobs phrases.
Learn how to say “I have to ..” or “I don’t have to ..”
Learn how to say “Can I .. ?” or “Can you ..?”
Revise the verb “devoir”.

Module 2.5
Learn vocabulary for cutlery and utensils.
Revise how to use and change ARTICLES.
Revise words which describe the position of something.
Learn how to ask where things are and to ask to be passed things.

Recommended Resources
Métro 3 Vert Pupils’ Book
RosiMcNab
Heinemann
www.wordreference.com

Equipment Required
Pen
Pencil
Ruler
Métro 3 Vert textbook
Red coloured French exercise book
Orange coloured French vocabulary book

Homework
Homework is set twice a week - usually one written and one learning homework.
Work should normally take between 30 and 40 minutes to complete but will vary with the task. An essay
will take longer whereas a reading task may require less time.

Assessment
Essays are given a National Curriculum level along with advice on how to improve.
Listening, Reading and other Writing tasks are marked according to the specific task criteria. In these
circumstances staff provide guidance as to what National Curriculum level certain marks would equate to.
An exam is sat in the Spring when the group has reached the appropriate point in the Scheme of Work. A
final statutory SATs level is determined at the end of the summer term and is based on the average level
achieved across the four skills of Listening, Reading, Speaking and Writing. An average student in Set 2
will reach National Curriculum Level 5. A higher ability student may reach Level 6 by the end of this
academic year. An average student in Set 3 will reach National Curriculum Level 4.

How you can help
Check homework has been completed (set twice a week).
Help students learn for vocabulary tests.
Ensure students have appropriate equipment and bring it to every lesson. This includes their textbook,
exercise book and vocabulary books.
Don’t let them use Google Translate (or any other online translation site) - it produces rubbish!

Key Stage 4 - GCSE

GCSE French
Higher / Foundation Tiers

The Teaching and Learning Programme
There are four study units to be covered in the two year course.
Unit 1 Lifestyle
Unit 2 Leisure
Unit 3 Home & Environment
Unit 4 Work & Education
All topic areas 1 to 4 are built around a range of sub-topics and themes which are listed below. These sub-topics will be the general theme of the questions in examination papers and assessment tasks.

Topics and themes :
1 Lifestyle
Health
• Healthy and unhealthy lifestyles and their consequences
Relationships and Choices
• Relationships with family and friends
• Future plans regarding: marriage/partnership
• Social issues and equality

2 Leisure
Free Time and the Media
• Free time activities
• Shopping, money, fashion and trends
• Advantages and disadvantages of new technology
Holidays
• Plans, preferences, experiences
• What to see and getting around

3 Home & Environment
Home and Local Area
• Special occasions celebrated in the home
• Home, town, neighbourhood and region, where it is and what it is like
Environment
• Current problems facing the planet
• Being environmentally friendly within the home and local area

4 Work & Education
School/College and Future Plans
• What school/college is like
• Pressures and problems
Current and Future Jobs
• Looking for and getting a job
Advantages and disadvantages of different jobs

Recommended Resources

Equipment Required
Pen
Pencil
Expo 4 Rouge / Vert Pupils’ Book
Nelson Thornes French GCSE Foundation Kerboodle Book for AQA
Nelson Thornes French GCSE Higher Kerboodle Book for AQA
Speaking and Writing Controlled Assessment Guidance Handbook.
“Cahier de Vocabulaire” Vocabulary Handbook.
GCSE Listening and Reading Upgrade Booklets with CDs.

Homework
Homework is set twice a week - usually one written and one interactive / learning homework.
Work should normally take between 40 minutes to an hour to complete but will vary with the task. An essay will take longer whereas a reading or an online task may require less time.
Students are advised to spend additional time on interactive activities and learning vocabulary than simply completing those tasks prescribed for homework.

Assessment
Unit 1 Listening
At Foundation Tier this is a 30 minute exam and at Higher Tier this is a 40 minute exam. You will be entered for one tier or the other, but not both. Both exams will include 5 minutes reading time at the start of the exam before the recording is played for you to read through the paper.
The examination is worth 35 marks at Foundation Tier and 40 marks at Higher Tier, amounting to 20% of the total GCSE marks. You will be given one question paper / answer booklet which assesses your listening skills via an audio file (usually a cd).
Your understanding of the recordings will be tested through a variety of question types, such as multiple choice, pictures and short responses in English. These will include announcements, short conversations, instructions, short news items and telephone messages, together with some material which will be longer. These may include reference to past, present and future events.
A dictionary will not be allowed.

Unit 2 Reading
At Foundation Tier this is a 30 minute exam and at Higher Tier this is a 50 minute exam. You will be entered for one tier or the other, but not both.
The examination is worth 35 marks at Foundation Tier and 45 marks at Higher Tier, amounting to 20% of the total GCSE marks.
You will be tested through a variety of question types, such as multiple choice, pictures and short responses in English. These will include instructions, public notices and advertisements together with some longer extracts from brochures, guides, letters, newspapers, magazines, books, faxes, email and web sites which may include reference to past, present and future events.
A dictionary will not be allowed.

Unit 3 Speaking
Over the two year course you will be required to complete two controlled assessment speaking tests. These are untiered.
The examination is worth 60 marks, amounting to 30% of the total GCSE marks.
Both tasks will need to be different to the ones undertaken for the writing. They will be in the form of a dialogue with your teacher. For example, this could take the form of an interview or a conversation. The tasks will be set and marked by the teacher and submitted to AQA for moderation. To achieve a grade ‘C’ or above, you will need to relate to past and future events and express points of view, present information and be able to deal with unpredictable questions.

Unit 4 Writing
Over the two year course you will be required to complete two controlled assessment writing tasks. These are untiered.
The examination is worth 60 marks, amounting to 30% of the total GCSE marks.
You will be required to complete two different types of task but these tasks are equally weighted. These tasks will also need to be different to the ones undertaken for the speaking tests.
As with the speaking tasks, these will be set by the teacher but submitted to AQA for marking. Remember that in order to achieve a grade ‘C’ or above, you will need to relate to past and future events and express points of view, present information and be able to deal with unpredictable questions.
Students aiming at grades G–D should produce 200–350 words across the two tasks.
Students aiming at grades C–A* should produce 400–600 words across the two tasks.

Useful websites :
http://www.wordreference.com
http://www.kerboodle.com
http://www.vocabexpress.com

http://web.aqa.org.uk/qual/gcse/french_a_assess.php (Past Exam Papers)
http://web.aqa.org.uk/qual/gcse/french_a_exam.php (Examiners’ comments)
http://www.bbc.co.uk/languages/french/ (Resources, RSS Feeds - Good practice)
http://www.revisioncentre.co.uk/gcse/french/index.html (Exam Advice and Practice)
http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/french/ (Practice Materials)
http://www.s-cool.co.uk/gcse/french.html (Practice Materials)

Success Tips
Check homework has been completed (set twice a week).
Use the “Kerboodle” and “Vocab Express” sites to practise extra topic-related exercises in grammar, listening and reading. Note all unknown vocab.
Use the “Cahier de Vocabulaire” booklet to learn and revise topic vocabulary. Try to learn 5 new words a week, as you cover the topic in class.

Don’t use Google Translate (or any other online translation site) - it produces rubbish!

Key Stage 5 - 'A' Level

AQA ADVANCED SUBSIDIARY FRENCH

The Teaching and Learning Programme
This is a one year course leading to the Advanced Subsidiary qualification in French. It is also the first year of the two year course leading to A2 level French.
There are 4 topic areas to be covered in the one year course.
Topic 1 Family/Relationships
Topic 2 Healthy Living/Lifestyle
Topic 3 Media
Topic 4 Popular Culture
All topic areas 1 to 4 are built around a range of sub-topics and themes which are listed below. These sub-topics are neither prescriptive nor exhaustive but will be the general theme of those questions in examination papers and assessment tasks.

Topics and themes :

1 Family/Relationships
Relationships with Parents
Role of parents and importance of good parenting/Attitudes of young people towards other family members/Conflict between young people and other family members/Changing models of family and parenting
Friendships
Characteristics and roles of friends/Conflicts with friends/Importance of friends/Friendship versus love
Marriage/Partnerships
Changing attitudes towards marriage or cohabitation/Separation and divorce/Staying single; benefits and drawbacks/Changing roles within the home

2 Healthy Living/Lifestyle
Sport/Exercise
Traditional sports versus ‘fun’ sports/Reasons for taking part in sport/physical exercise/Factors influencing participation in sport/physical exercise/Links between physical exercise and health
Health and Well-Being
Alcohol, tobacco, other drugs/Diet, including eating disorders/The ‘work/life’ balance/Risks to health through accidents
Holidays
Types of holiday and holiday destinations/The impact of tourism on holiday destinations/Purposes and benefits of holidays/Changing attitudes to holidays

3 Media
Television
TV viewing habits/Range of programmes e.g. their appeal and popularity/Range of channels including satellite and internet/Benefits and dangers of watching TV
Advertising
Purpose of advertising/Advertising techniques/Curbs on advertising e.g. tobacco, alcohol/Benefits and drawbacks of advertising
Communication Technology
Popularity of mobile phones, MP3 players etc/Benefits and dangers of mobile phones, MP3 players etc/Internet-its current and potential usage/Benefits and dangers of the internet

4 Popular Culture
Cinema
Types of film, changing trends/The place of cinema in popular culture/A good film I have seen/Cinema versus alternative ways of viewing films
Music
Types of music, changing trends/The place of music in popular culture/Music I like/How music defines personal identity
Fashion/Trends
How we can alter our image/Does how we look define who we are?/Lifestyle and leisure activities/The cult of the celebrity


As a student on this course you are expected :

  • To attend all time-tabled lessons 
  • To arrive punctually and properly prepared for each lesson
  • To complete all set assignments according to the deadlines given including learning work for vocabulary and grammar consolidation
  • To keep a well-organised file of your work according to the guidelines given
  • To participate as fully as possible in lesson activities and to contribute productively
  • To respect the contributions of other students and to show that respect by listening to them
  • To maintain a level of independent study on a weekly basis
  • To take responsibility with your teacher for reviewing your progress for and action-planning

Assessment

Unit 1 Listening, Reading and Writing
This is a 2 hour written examination and is worth 110 marks, amounting to 70% of the AS marks. You will be given one question paper / answer booklet which assesses listening, reading and writing, and an individual electronic sound file.
Listening Section
You will have personal control of an individual sound file and may stop, rewind and replay the recording at any point. The file will contain approximately 5 minutes of material. This section comprises a task involving transfer of meaning into English and 2-4 items requiring short target-language or non-verbal responses.
Reading Section
The reading material will include items such as extracts from magazines, reports and books. A range of exercises will be set comprising of 3-4 items and requiring mainly short target-language or non-verbal responses, together with a cloze test. The cloze test comprises ten sentences not based on any of the stimulus material and in each case you will be required to manipulate a given noun/verb/adjective.
Writing Section
Finally, you will also respond in writing to one question from a choice of three based on one of the AS topics.

Unit 2 Speaking Test
This is a 35 minute examination and is worth 50 marks, amounting to 30% of the AS marks. It includes 20 minutes supervised preparation time and consists of 3 parts.
Part 1 - based on stimulus material. You will have 20 minutes supervised time to prepare one of two cards given to you by the examiner. There will be five questions on each of the cards. You will be expected to respond to the material and to comment on broader issues within the sub-topic area prescribed on the card. (5 mins).
Part 2 - Conversation. You will take part in a general conversation based on 3 of the 4 topics studied during the AS course.


Useful websites :
http://www.wordreference.com
http:// www.kerboodle.com

Don’t use Google Translate (or any other online translation site) - it produces rubbish!

AQA ADVANCED FRENCH (A2)

The Teaching and Learning Programme

There are 2 modules as at AS level.

Unit 3 is the listening, reading and writing paper (35%).

Unit 4 is the oral exam (15%).

There are 4 topic areas to be covered in the one year course.

Topic 1       The Environment
Topic 2       The Multicultural Society
Topic 3       Contemporary Social Issues
Topic 4       Cultural Topics

All topic areas 1 to 4 are built around a range of sub-topics and themes which are listed below. These sub-topics are neither prescriptive nor exhaustive but will be the general theme of those questions in examination papers and assessment tasks.

Topics and themes :

Topic 1       The Environment

1.1     Pollution
Types, causes and effects / Measures to reduce pollution / Individual action; responsibility versus collective action / Transport issues

1.2     Energy

Coal, oil and gas / Nuclear / Alternative energy sources / Changing attitudes to energy consumption

1.3     Protecting the Planet

Ways of minimising environmental damage / The role of pressure groups / Initiatives to improve awareness and change behaviour / Responsibilities towards other nations, especially developing countries

 Topic 2       The Multicultural Society

2.1     Immigration

Reasons for immigration / Benefits and problems of immigration for immigrants and for country of destination / Migration within the enlarged EU / Curbs on immigration

2.2     Integration

Factors making integration difficult / Factors facilitating integration / To which culture should immigrants show loyalty? / Experiences of individual immigrants

2.3     Racism

Victims of racism / Reasons for racism / Measures to eliminate racism and their effectiveness / Experiences of  individuals, including 2nd and 3rd generation immigrants

Topic 3       Contemporary Social Issues

3.1     Wealth and Poverty

Causes of poverty in Europe and developing countries  / Work of charitable organisations and governments / Attitudes to wealth and poverty / Link between wealth and poverty

3.2     Law and Order

Examples of crime, especially committed by or affecting young people / Reasons for criminal and anti-social behaviour / Measures to reduce crime and their effectiveness / Alternatives to imprisonment, their appropriateness and effectiveness

3.3     Impact of Scientific and Technological Progress

Technology in the home and workplace, including IT / Space and satellite technology / Medical research / Ethical issues linked to scientific and technological progress. 

Topic 4       Cultural Topic

  • The work of an author from a target language-speaking country/community
    (currently  « Un Long Dimanche de Fiançailles » by Sébastien Japrisot.
  • The work of a director from a target language-speaking country/community

(currently Jean-Pierre Jeunet)

 Assessment

 Unit 3 Listening, Reading and Writing

This is a 2 hour 30 mins written examination and is worth 110 marks, amounting to 35% of the total A Level marks.

 

Listening Section

You will have personal control of an individual sound file and may stop, rewind and replay the recording at any point. The file will contain approximately 6 minutes of material. This section comprises a task involving transfer of meaning into English and 3-5 items requiring short target-language or non-verbal responses.

 

Reading Section

The reading material will include items such as extracts from magazines, reports and books. A range of exercises will be set comprising of 2-4 items and requiring short target-language or non-verbal responses, together with a task involving transfer of meaning from the target language into English and a task involving transfer of meaning from English into the target language.

There will also be a number of grammar manipulation sentences from English to French and a ‘stand-alone’ translation exercise of 4-5 lines in length from French to English based on the sub topic areas.

 Writing Section

Finally, you will respond with one piece of writing to one question from a choice of two based on each of the four A2 Cultural Topic areas. You will be expected to write approximately 250 words.

 

Unit 4 Speaking Test   

This is a 35 minute examination and is worth 50 marks, amounting to 15% of the total A Level marks. It includes 20 minutes supervised preparation time and consists of 2 parts.

Part 1 - based on stimulus material (5 minutes). You will have 20 minutes supervised time to prepare one of two cards given to you by the examiner. You will have a maximum of a minute to present your argument, followed by questions for approximately four minutes in which you will need to further explain, defend and justify your viewpoint.

Part 2 - Conversation (10 minutes). You will take part in a general conversation based on the 2 Cultural Topics studied during the A2 course.  You will answer approximately five minutes of questions on each topic.

Useful websites :

http://www.wordreference.com 

http:// www.kerboodle.com

Don’t use Google Translate (or any other online translation site) - it produces rubbish!