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GCSE French (8658)

Exam Board: AQA

(Grades 9 to 1) 

What Will I Learn?

At Nightingale Academy 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 enjoy and find rewarding. For this we have identified a course specification which expands students' cultural knowledge whilst developing their language skills in a variety of contexts, whilst developing a broad understanding of the culture of France and other countries and communities where French is spoken. This qualification counts towards the English Baccalaureate

This three-unit specification requires students to develop their ability to write and speak in French and to understand French when it is written down or spoken. It is particularly suitable for students who have studied French at Key Stage 3 and wish to study at a higher level.

Students will study all of the following themes on which the assessments are based:


Theme 1: Identity and culture

Theme 2: Local, national, international and global areas of interest

Theme 3: Current and future study and employment


How Will I Learn?

At the MFL Department we believe the learning of a new language must be a highly enjoyable and rewarding experience. For this reason we use a large range of resources, strategies and techniques, including language trips to all target languages countries, which enable students to make fast progress in a friendly, dynamic and fun environment. Students will learn how to:


Listen/read and:

• demonstrate general and specific understanding of different types of spoken/written language

• recognise and respond to key information, important themes and ideas in more extended spoken/written text, including authentic sources

• identify the overall message, key points, details and opinions in a variety of short and longer spoken passages, involving some more complex language, recognising the relationship between past, present and future events, as well as contemporary and cultural themes.


In speaking:

• communicate and interact effectively in speech for a variety of purposes across a range of specified contexts

• take part in a short conversation, asking and answering questions, and exchanging opinions

• convey information and narrate events coherently and confidently, using and adapting language for new purposes

• use accurate pronunciation and intonation to be understood by a native speaker.


In writing:

• communicate effectively in writing for a variety of purposes across a range of specified contexts

• write short texts, using simple sentences and familiar language accurately to convey meaning and exchange information

• make accurate use of a variety of vocabulary and grammatical structures, including some more complex forms, to describe and narrate with reference to past, present and future events

• translate sentences and short texts from English into French to convey key messages accurately and to apply grammatical knowledge of language and structures in context.


 How Will I Be Assessed?

This is a linear qualification. In order to achieve the award, students must complete all assessments at the end of the course and in the same series. GCSE exams in French include questions that allow students to demonstrate their ability to draw together their knowledge, skills and understanding from across the full course of study in order to:

Understand and respond to different types of spoken language - Paper 1

Communicate and interact effectively in speech for a variety of purposes - Paper 2

Understand and respond to different types of written language - Paper 3

Communicate effectively in writing for a variety of purposes - Paper 4