North Shore Academy

Inspiring Healthy Minds

Languages

Course Description

The AQA French GCSE will enable our students to develop their language skills to their full potential, equipping them with the knowledge to communicate in a variety of contexts with confidence. We're passionate about the benefits that learning a language can bring. We strongly believe in languages as a skill for life and something students should find rewarding.

Paper 1: Listening (25%)

  • Section A - questions in English, to be answered in English.
  • Section B - questions in French, to be answered in French.


Paper 2: Speaking (25%)

Students to communicate effectively for a variety of purposes by completing the following tasks:

  • Role-play - responding appropriately to a situation.
  • Photo card - describing and narrating.
  • Conversation - communicating and interacting spontaneously.


Paper 3: Reading (25%)

  • Section A - questions in English, to be answered in English.
  • Section B - questions in French, to be answered in French.
  • Section C - translation from French into English (approximately 35 words at Foundation Tier and 50 words at Higher Tier).


Paper 4: Writing (25%)

Foundation Tier:

  • Question 1 - list task (student produces six nouns)
  • Question 2 - message (student produces nine sentences in response to nine short tasks)
  • Question 3 - translation from English into French.
  • Question 4 - structured writing task (student responds to 5 compulsory bullet points, producing approximately 90 words in total) - there is a choice from two questions.

Higher Tier:

  • Question 1 - structured writing task (student responds to 5 compulsory bullet points, producing approximately 90 words in total) - there is a choice from two questions
  • Question 2 - open-ended writing task (student responds to four compulsory bullet points, producing approximately 150 words in total) - there is a choice from two questions
  • Question 3 - translation from English into French.

Department Statement

In the MFL Department, student outcomes are at the heart of everything we do. Our vision is that:

  • All students develop a passion for learning a language and can use language creatively and spontaneously.
  • Teachers provide imaginative lessons so that students can communicate enthusiastically.
  • All students are provided with opportunities for reading authentic resources and texts in the target language, including those they might wish to read for pleasure.
  • All students have a strong awareness of the culture of the countries where the language is spoken.

Careers

Many employers are looking for employees who can demonstrate:

  • fantastic social skills
  • the ability to work in a team
  • outstanding communication skills
  • problem-solving skills
  • confidence
  • experience
  • open mindedness
  • flexibility

Learning languages develops all of these skills. Speaking another language makes you stand out from the crowd!

For more information contact Mr P Keogh