GCSE Course Content

Most students will be expected to follow either French, German or Spanish in core learning time, where they have 3 lessons a week. We follow the Edexcel language course and students are assessed in all four skills.

Each skill is equally weighted, and assessed by terminal exam. There is a separate speaking exam which includes a picture based conversation, a role play and 2 conversations (one on a pre selected topic, the other on a different topic studied throughout the course). Reading, Listening and Writing are assessed in a formal written exam at the end of year 11.

For all four skills, we study a range of topics including:

  • Media and culture
  • Sport and leisure
  • Travel and tourism
  • Business, work and employment
  • Local area and amenities
  • Customer service and transactions
  • Personal information
  • Future plans, education and work
  • The environment and wider world

As part of their homework, pupils are expected to learn vocabulary for weekly tests, as well as completing fortnightly written work as instructed and prepared in lessons. Pupils are also expected to complete weekly reading and listening exercises to improve their skills further. These exercises are primarily done on the online Active Learn system (www.pearsonactivelearn.com).

Students can also gain additional practice on quizlet.com (search for TootHillYear11French) (for vocabulary, GCSE Bitesize (for explanations, reading and listening) and languagesonline.org.uk (for grammar)

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