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We believe that learning and practising a foreign language is not only very satisfying in itself, but once you have it, linguistic power opens up a whole world of opportunities and experiences for you. Travel really does expand your mind and if you can visit the country and communicate with people in their own language, you'll not only encounter more friendliness and courtesy, but you also end up with a far greater understanding of other countries. Ultimately, we aim for you not only to become functional, successful linguists, but to relish a real interest and enthusiasm for other cultures. We want no Colyton student to discover that their world is limited by their language. 

Acquiring a language is not only an intellectual exercise: it's also practical and we try to ensure that almost all lessons have some practical activity. We’re always trying out games and communicative exercises so that you get the skills and confidence as well as the knowledge to make you a successful, functioning linguist. We try to strike the right balance between listening, reading, speaking and writing over a sequence of lessons and we love to use lots of different technology. 

What we do

The GCSE French course will develop your desire and ability to communicate with and understand speakers of French in a variety of contexts and for a variety of purposes. It will enable you to cope confidently with the sort of situations you are likely to encounter on a holiday or short professional trip to a French-speaking country, whether it be on a skiing trip, camping holiday, exchange or business excursion.    

You will be able to enter into a discussion about films and other entertainment, you should be able to understand the gist of a news report and you will be able to tell someone what your future hopes are. Indeed, you should have the linguistic power to engage in a range of communicative situations which are likely when you visit the French-speaking world. The ability to express yourself in another language also enhances your ability to use your own and find employment in the future.  

You will develop your understanding and knowledge of French and countries and communities where French is spoken, broadening your horizons, developing your cultural knowledge and understanding and fostering transferable skills such as confidence, communication, problem solving and creativity. 

Lower Years French

The lower years curriculum will involve the following:

 

Year 7 French 

Year 8 French 

Autumn 
Term 

Personal info  
Family and Personality  

Daily routine, school 

Opinions and reasons 

Festivals and Celebrations 

Food 

School Trip 

New Year plans 

 

Leisure and Tv programs 

Digital Technology 

Going out 

Shopping 

Spring 
Term 

Sport and Leisure 

Weather  

Family Life 

Town and Region 

Household chores 

Daily Routine 

Moving House 

 

Sports 

Asking for directions 

Body parts, injuries, illness 
 

Summer 
Term 

Town  

Food and drinks 

Plans for eating out 

 

Holidays and Perfect Tense 

Festivals and Celebrations 

 

 

Social Media 

Personality 

Going out 

Music 

 

Body parts 

Sport and Fitness 

Healthy diet 

 

Middle Years (Y9-11) French

The GCSE French course will develop your desire and ability to communicate with and understand speakers of French in a variety of contexts and for a variety of purposes. It will enable you to cope confidently with the sort of situations you are likely to encounter on a holiday or short professional trip to a French-speaking country, whether it be on a skiing trip, camping holiday, exchange or business excursion.    

You will be able to enter into a discussion about films and other entertainment, you should be able to understand the gist of a news report and you will be able to tell someone what your future hopes are. Indeed, you should have the linguistic power to engage in a range of communicative situations which are likely when you visit the French-speaking world. The ability to express yourself in another language also enhances your ability to use your own and find employment in the future.  

You will develop your understanding and knowledge of French and countries and communities where French is spoken, broadening your horizons, developing your cultural knowledge and understanding and fostering transferable skills such as confidence, communication, problem solving and creativity. 

Themes 

The three broad themes studied are: 

  • Identity and culture 

  • Local, national, international and global areas of interest 

  • Current and future study and employment  

Within these themes you will study: 

Youth Culture  

• Self and relationships  

• Technology and social media  

 

Lifestyle  

• Health and fitness  

• Entertainment and leisure  

 

Customs and Traditions  

• Food and drink  

• Festivals and celebrations  

Home and Locality  

• Local areas of interest  

• Transport  

 

France and French-speaking countries  

• Local and regional features and characteristics  

• Holidays and tourism  

 

Global Sustainability  

• Environment  

• Social issues  

• Charity/voluntary work  

Current Study  

• School/college life  

• School/college studies  

 

World of Work  

• Work experience and part-time jobs  

• Skills and personal qualities  

 

Jobs and Future Plans  

• Applying for work/study  

• Career plans  

 

Assessment 

GCSE French is a linear qualification with 100% of assessment taking place at the end of the course. There are four components: 

  • Speaking (25%) 

  •   Listening (25%) 

  • Reading (25%) 

  •   Writing (25%) 

 

We emphasise practical communication and help you to develop your confidence to manipulate language spontaneously so that you can enjoy and be successful in real-life social situations abroad or when dealing with French-speaking visitors. We use realistic and authentic resources and offer you the chance to apply your language skills (and gain a memorable experience) on the Mongré Exchange in the Beaujolais region of France.  As with German, you will find qualifications in Foreign Languages essential assets in your career and leisure time. 

 

Upper Years French