Did you know that:
only 6% of the world speaks English as their first language?
75% of the world does not speak English at all?
A great way to start getting to know and understand other people better is by learning their language. There’s so much to get to know – the music and the food they like, their sport, history and culture. Learning a foreign language gives you an insight into another country and their way of life.
Here are some ideas about why we should learn foreign languages from university and A-level students:
It’s fun • you find out about other people and cultures • knowing a language makes you more employable • they lead you into other subjects • you make new friends • you learn about yourself and your own country • it gives you more confidence • great for holidays! • gives you communication skills…
KEY STAGE 3
French is studied by all pupils in Key Stage 3. The four skill areas are listening, speaking, reading and writing and all are developed throughout Years 8 to 10 across a range of topics. Relevant grammar, language points and strategies are introduced as appropriate.
KEY STAGE 4 (GCSE)
We follow the AQA French specification at Glastry College. The GCSE course seeks to build on the foundation laid in the particular language at Key Stage 3 and to develop pupils as individuals and contributors to society, the economy and the environment.
Context 1: Lifestyle.
• Healthy and unhealthy lifestyles and their consequences
Relationships and Choices
• Relationships with family and friends
• Future plans regarding: marriage/partnership
• Social issues and equality
Context 2: Leisure
Free Time and the Media
• Free time activities
• Shopping, money, fashion and trends
• Advantages and disadvantages of new technology
• Plans, preferences, experiences
• What to see and getting around
Context 3: Home and Environment.
Home and Local Area
• Special occasions celebrated in the home
• Home, town, neighbourhood and region, where it is and what it is like
• Current problems facing the planet
• Being environmentally friendly within the home and local area.
Context 4: Work and 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
The GCSE exam is comprised of the following four units:
Unit 1 Listening Examination at end of Year 12 20% Foundation OR Higher
Unit 2 Reading Examination at end of Year 12 20% Foundation OR Higher
Unit 3 Speaking Controlled Assessment (2 pieces) 30% Untiered
Unit 4 Writing Controlled Assessment (2 pieces) 30% Untiered
Miss S Beckett
Mrs L Curran
Mrs A Colville
Head of Department
In an increasingly global economy, proficiency in a foreign language is a highly marketable job skill and is useful to a large number of careers including business, industry, computers, travel and tourism, hotel management, law, banking, medicine, accountancy, journalism, education and social work.
French is a major language within the European Union as well as in the world of international commerce, industry and politics and, along with English, is the official working language of the UN, UNESCO and NATO. It is also the official language of forty countries worldwide.
We hope that you enjoy studying French and find it beneficial to your future career. Bonne chance!