Mrs C McLoughlin B.E.d.(Hons), P.G.Dip – Head of Department, Acting SENCo.
Mrs P Burns, B.A., P.G.C.E.
• To develop the ability to use French effectively for purposes of practical communication and to encourage its use.
• To offer insights into the culture and civilisation of French speaking countries, so arousing interest in French and all things French.
• To provide enjoyment and intellectual stimulation so that pupils will be able to use the language confidently.
• To encourage positive attitudes to foreign language learning and to speakers of foreign languages and a sympathetic approach to other cultures and civilisations.
• To promote learning skills of a more general application in keeping with the tenets of the revised curriculum.
• To make pupils responsible for their own learning where possible and to encourage them to evaluate their own progress.
• To prepare pupils for external examinations.
Key Stage 3
Years 8 & 9
|French||CCEA accredited OLA certificate
Entry 2 or 3
|French for top stream||CCEA accredited OLA certificate – in preparation for GCSE|
|Spanish for lower stream||CCEA accredited OLA certificateEntry 2|
GCSE French: CCEA
The table below summarises the structure of this GCSE course.
|Unit 1: Listening||External written examination with stimulus material in French. There are two tiers of entry:
|Unit 2: Speaking||One teacher-conducted and externally marked speaking examination. There is one tier of entry. The test lasts 7−12 minutes, plus 10 minutes of supervised preparation time. Each test includes:
|Unit 3: Reading|| External written examination with stimulus material in French. There are two tiers of entry:
|Unit 4 Writing|| External written examination. There are two tiers of entry:
Careers linked with French:
• Hotel management
• Tourist information work
• International law
• Airline work
• Tour operating
• The European Commission
• Customer services
• Hotel reception work
• Bilingual advocacy
• Cruise ship work
• Travel agency work
• European patent work
• The diplomatic service
• Language teaching