Students following this course will be expected to have studied French successfully to GCSE level. Students will be equipped with the necessary skills to be successful in the target language in both social and professional contexts.
At standard level, students learn to communicate in the target language in familiar and unfamiliar contexts. They describe situations, narrate events, make comparisons, explain problems, and state and support their personal opinions on a variety of topics relating to course content. Students will develop the four skill areas of listening, speaking, reading and writing.
Learning a language is intellectually stimulating and we aim to promote the enjoyment of language learning. We also aim to raise students’ awareness of the links between languages and different cultures.
At the heart of the courses are the three central elements of language, texts and cultural awareness. Students will be able to recognize, understand and produce a number of different types of texts to suit specific social and linguistic purposes.
Optional recommended topics (at least 2 per theme studied):
Health & well-being, beliefs & values, lifestyles, subcultures, language & identity
Leisure, customs & traditions, holidays & travel, migration, life stories
Communication & media, technology, scientific innovation, entertainment, artistic expressions
Social relationships, education, the working world, community, social engagement, law & order
Sharing the planet
The environment, globalisation, human rights, peace & conflict, equality, ethics, urban & rural environment
Students will be assessed on their understanding of three interrelated areas: language, cultural interaction and message. Standard level is assessed in the April/May of Year 13 of the course. Formal assessment includes external examinations and internal assessment, as follows:
Paper 1: Writing 1 hr 15 (25%)
Paper 2: Receptive skills: -
Listening comprehension 45 mins
Reading comprehension 1 hr (50%)
Individual oral 12-15 min + 15 min preparation time (25%)
International Baccalaureate Diploma: 6 x grade 6 and 2 x grade 5 at GCSE or equivalent.
International Baccalaureate Career-Related Programme: 3 x grade 6 and 2 x grade 5 at GCSE or equivalent.