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French

“To have a second language is to possess a second soul” - Charlemagne

At Prince William School we are very privileged in currently being able to offer French and Spanish from Key Stage 3 through to Key Stage 5 and from September 2016, German in Key Stage 4, focusing on the four key skills of listening, reading, writing and speaking. Our students have positive experiences in their lessons and we strive to develop a love of foreign languages and culture through exposure to authentic materials and the teaching of the language through a variety of topics relevant to young people in the world today.

Our mission, as teachers of modern foreign languages, is to arm our students with the confidence and skills to use their linguistic skills and knowledge outside of the classroom, both at home and abroad. Prince William School is fortunate to have highly qualified and experienced staff, coming from a wide variety of backgrounds, from all corners of the globe; passionate about the languages they teach and the countries in which the languages are spoken, the staff keep up-to-date with what is going on linguistically, culturally and politically and are therefore able to keep the languages real and relevant for their students in the classroom.

We aim, through our teaching, to develop both linguistic skills in the target language as well as highly sought after employability skills and to equip our students with the wherewithal to step confidently into the outside world in order to allow them to seize every opportunity which is offered to them.

KS3

In KS3 French students learn key skills necessary to foster long-term language learning. They will learn the pronunciation of the language they study, the basic vocabulary and sentence structure and be introduced to the main processes involved in listening, speaking, reading, writing and translating.

Homework is set weekly with these aims in mind.

Feedback covers both literacy aspects which are relevant to both English and Modern Foreign Languages, as well as formative challenges relevant to the language learnt.

Year 7

Term 1 Term 2 Term 3
Hello! (Self, family, likes and dislikes) Hello! School
Term 4 Term 5 Term 6
Free time Family life Family life
Project: Fairy stories

 

Year 8

Term 1 Term 2 Term 3
Town Town & Celebrations Celebrations
Term 4 Term 5 Term 6
The media and technology Home & away Home and away
Project: Le tour de France

 

Year 9

Term 1 Term 2 Term 3
Holidays Holidays Work
Term 4 Term 5 Term 6
Teenage life Sports & Health Sport and health
Project: French-speaking countries

KS4

In KS4, students build on the skills acquired in KS3 and refine them to obtain a more detailed understanding of the language. Students will continue to work on their pronunciation as before, however the sentence structure will increase both in length and complexity. Students will train to become more proficient in language interactions and translation.

Later on in the course, they will focus on the examination preparation but we will endeavour to provide them with the basis for long term learning that could stretch further than their examination.

Homework is set weekly with these aims in mind.

Feedback covers both literacy aspects which are relevant to both English and Modern Foreign Languages, as well as formative challenges relevant to the language learnt.

Examination Revision and Homework Support Sessions

Tuesdays After School: L3 – GCSE Club
Friday Registration: L3 - Speaking Practice
Drop-In Clinic on request.

Examination structure

We follow the AQA course over two years. GCSE French has a Foundation Tier (Grades 1–5) and a Higher Tier (Grades 4–9). Students must take all four question papers at the same tier. All question papers must be taken in the same series. The qualification is linear: i.e. there is no coursework or controlled assessment; 100% of the grade is obtained through a final examination consisting of four papers, each of them being worth 25% of the final grade:

Paper 1 – Listening: the aim is understanding and responding to different types of spoken language. The examination can be taken in two tiers: 35 minutes (Foundation Tier), 45 minutes (Higher Tier). Each examination includes 5 minutes’ reading time of the question paper before the listening stimulus is played.

Paper 2 – Speaking: the aim is communicating and interacting effectively in speech for a variety of purposes. 7–9 minutes (Foundation Tier) or 10–12 minutes (Higher Tier) + preparation time. The format is the same at Foundation Tier and Higher Tier: a brief role-play, followed by a discussion of a picture, finishing with a free-flowing conversation on two topics. The style of the questions is the same but stimulus questions for the role-play and the materials for the photo-card are different at the Foundation and Higher Tiers. The timing of the general conversation is 3–5 minutes at Foundation Tier, and 5–7 minutes at Higher Tier.

Paper 3 – Reading: 45 minutes (Foundation Tier), 1 hour (Higher Tier). The aim is understanding and responding to different types of written language, including a translation from French into English.

Paper 4 – Writing: 1 hour (Foundation Tier), or 1 hour 15 minutes (Higher Tier). The aim is communicating effectively in writing for a variety of purposes, including a translation from English into French.

Career Opportunities

Languages are hugely rewarding in the classroom, enabling progression to further study or employment. 

Taking a degree in French will give you the opportunity of spending a year abroad in a French speaking country. Studying a language at A-level opens many doors and the list of professions and industries where a language is useful is extensive, but includes: Interpreter, Translator, Law, Journalism, Tourism, Engineering, Central Government (the Foreign office, Ministry of Defence, MI5 and MI6), Marketing, Retail, Event Management, the Voluntary and Charitable Sector, sporting organisations, education and many more!

Interested in having a little chat? See Mr Gutierrez in L1.

Revision

All the vocabulary and the key grammar points are also available online via Quizlet on study sets specifically prepare for PWS students.

Listening materials (including questions, transcripts, and answers) are available via Portico (MFL/Year 11 French).

AQA GCSE French - Grammar & Translation Workbook (available in L3).

Revise AQA GCSE (9-1) French (available in L3).

Year 10

Term 1 Term 2 Term 3

Self, family & friends
Home, town, neighbourhood & region

School: studies
Free time activities
Healthy/unhealthy living
Term 4 Term 5 Term 6
School: rules, pressures
Customs and festivals
Travel & tourism Education Post 16
Marriage & partnership

 

Year 11

Term 1 Term 2 Term 3
Studies, life at school
Healthy/unhealthy living
The environment
Social issues: charity, volutary work
Education Post 16
Career choices & ambitions
Term 4 Term 5 Term 6
Identity & culture: review Exam techniques & practice  

 

KS5

As a highly regarded facilitating subject, French is undoubtedly a challenging but thoroughly enjoyable and rewarding A Level subject.  The course is a natural evolution from your GCSE as you will continue to work on the same four key skills (listening, speaking, reading and writing) as well as translation into and out of French.  You will study many interesting aspects of French-speaking society and the French-speaking world, including technological and social change, diversity and the benefits and challenges it brings, highlights of artistic culture and political life. There are also opportunities to explore theatre and film in the French-speaking world. The full A Level course allows also for independent research in an area of your choice.

Examination structure

Linear Qualification, assessed at the end of year-thirteen.

Paper 1: Listening, reading and writing 40% of A Level Course, 2 hours 30 minutes. Assessment of aspects of French speaking society’s current trends and issues, Francophone artistic and political culture and grammar.

Paper 2: Writing 30% of A Level Course, 2 hours. Two c. 300 word essays on each of our studied film (Au revoir les enfants) and text (No et moi).

Paper 3: Speaking 30%, 21-23 minutes.  Presentation and discussion of your individual research project. Discussion of a card on one of the themes from aspects of a French speaking society.

Career Pathways:

An A Level Language is a prestigious and highly regarded facilitating subject that develops highly valued employability skills; a university graduate of languages is the most employable, after those graduating in Medicine or Law. 

Studying a language at  A Level opens many doors and the list of professions and industries where a language is useful is extensive, but includes: Interpreter, Translator, Law, Journalism, Tourism, Engineering, Central Government (the Foreign office, Ministry of Defence, MI5 and MI6), Marketing, Retail, Event Management, the Voluntary and Charitable Sector, sporting organisations, education and many more!

 

Year 12

Term 1 Term 2 Term 3
The changing notion of family Cyber society Charity work
Term 4 Term 5 Term 6
Film: Au revoir les enfants Contemporary music scene French heritage
Independent Research Project
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