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French

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Introduction

Welcome to the MFL department at Hodge Hill College. Currently most students study French at KS3, along with a large number at KS4.

 The department is staffed by four full time members of staff, two of which are native French speakers.

 

 

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KS3

During KS3, students cover a wide variety of topics, including ‘Where I live’, ‘Healthy eating’, ‘The World of Work’ and ‘Media’.

Students are encouraged to develop language skills with activities in listening, speaking, reading and writing, as well broader skills such as communication, decision-making, problem solving and teamwork. We also try to develop students’ independent learning by completing a number of projects.

Lessons are made engaging with a wide variety of activities including paired and group work, language games, songs and competitions and students are rewarded regularly for their efforts.

KS3 Overview

 

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KS4

GCSE French

Exam board

Edexcel

Course code

1FR0

Examined by

4 exams at the end of Year 11 – listening (35/45 minutes), speaking (9/12 minutes, plus 12 minutes preparation time), reading (45 minutes/1 hour) and writing (1 hour 10/1 hour 20 minutes).

Two tiers of entry available, Higher (grades 9-4) and Foundation (grades 5-1)

Key topics taught

Identity and culture

Local area, holiday and travel

School

Future aspirations, study and work

International and global dimension.

 Students studying for French GCSE follow the Edexcel (9-1) syllabus.

The course is examined via final exams in Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing, with each paper carrying an equal weighting of 25%.

Students study the themes of ‘Identity and Culture’, ‘Local Area, Holidays and Travel’, ‘School’, ‘Future Aspirations, Study and Work’, and ‘The Global and International Dimension’.

KS4 Overview

 

 

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Support

Students in KS4 have speaking practice, in small groups.

They are provided with revision guides, exam practice workbooks and vocab/grammar key rings in order to further develop their language skills.

KS4 students are expected to come along to the after-school masterclasses and revision sessions. Staff are also available before school for students to ‘drop in’. Here they can get extra support with homework, do some grammar consolidation, practise their speaking or improve their reading skills with the authentic magazines available.

All students can improve their vocabulary by using the ‘Memrise’ website or app.