French

Subject Team

Subject team

 

Mrs Teresa Morrison (Head of French)

Mrs Sinead Lloyd Evans

Mrs Michelle O’Donnell

Miss Geraldine Kelly

Mr Brian Coyle

Mr Kieran Maynes

Mr Patrick Ferran

KS3

The study of French in Year 8.

The Year 8 booklet is organised in 7 units of work. Each unit is on a different topic.

Introductory unit: C’est le début!

  • You will study phonics, sounds and the alphabet
  • You will learn some basic classroom greetings.
  • You will learn the numbers 1-31
  • You will learn the days and the months

Unit 1: Bonjour!

  • Meet, greet and say goodbye to a French-speaking person
  • Tell someone your name and ask their name in French.
  • Ask someone how you are and tell someone how you are.
  • Say how old you are and ask someone else their age
  • Understand simple classroom instructions.
  • Learn about masculine and feminine words.

Unit 2: J’habite ici

  • Say where you live and ask someone else where they live.
  • Talk about things in the classroom.
  • Find out about a town in France- La Rochelle.
  • Learn about the plurals of words.

Unit 3: Chez moi.

  • Talk about your family and your home.
  • Say where things are.
  • Say who things belong to,
  • Talk about the days of the week.
  • Learn how to say “the” in French
  • Learn the possessive adjectives (my, your, his, her…)
  • Learn the numbers 31-70

Unit 4: Les animaux

  • Talk about animals
  • Describe animals
  • Talk about likes, dislikes and preferences.
  • Learn the present tense of “avoir” ( to have)
  • Learn how to ask questions

Unit 5: Des fêtes et des festivals.

  • Revise dates.
  • Discuss important events of the year.
  • Learn some items of clothing
  • Talk about birthdays and presents.
  • Use the present tense of “être”
  • Use the present tense of “avoir”

Unit 6: Qu’est-ce que tu fais?

  • Talk about the weather and the seasons
  • Talk about sport and other leisure activities
  • Talk about what you do at the weekend
  • Learn the numbers 70-100
  • Learn about regular-ER verbs

 

 

 

How will this be achieved and assessed?

 

  • You will have the opportunity to practise the skills of Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking within each Unit.
  • You will have regular assessments on key vocabulary and grammar points to check your comprehension and learning work.
  • You will have a written homework assessment on each Unit.
  • You will have Speaking Assessments.
  • You will have End of Unit Reading and Listening Assessments.
  • You will have the opportunity to assess and evaluate your progress and set new targets for yourself.
  • You will have the opportunity to consolidate topic vocabulary and grammar at home via languagesonline.co.uk- français-Encore Tricolore 1- Unité1-3 listed in this booklet.( if possible you may have the opportunity to visit the ICT suite in school once per term to revise this topic)
  • You have the opportunity to access further audio & reading activities at home via http://www.stpatricksacademyvle.org → French → Key Stage 3.

 

 

 

 

The study of French in Year 9

 

The booklet is organised in 4 units of work. Each unit is on a different topic.

Unit 1: Une ville de France

  • Talk about places in a town
  • Ask for information and obtain a map from the tourist office.
  • Ask for, understand and give directions.
  • Understand and say how faraway places are.
  • Use the prepositions au, à la, à l’, aux (at, to)
  • Use the verb «  aller» ( to go)
  • Say where things are using prepositions.

Unit 2: Une journée scolaire

  • Ask what the time is.
  • Understand and tell the time in French.
  • Discuss when something is happening.
  • Talk about a typical day.
  • Talk about school subjects and give opinions
  • Use the verbs “ manger” and “ commencer
  • Use possessive adjectives
  • Learn some examples of reflexive verbs.

Unit 3: Mmm- c’est bon, ça.

  • Talk about food and drink.
  • Talk about meals.
  • Accept or refuse food and drink.
  • Discuss likes and dislikes.
  • Use the words for “some”- du, de la, de l’, des.
  • Use the verb “ prendre
  • Use the negative “ne…pas”.
  • Unit 4:

Unit 5 : Amuse-toi bien..

  • Talk about leisure activities
  • Use and understand the 24 hour clock
  • Say what you do to help out at home.
  • Use the verb “ faire
  • Use the verb “ jouer à” and “ jouer de
  • Use a verb and an infinitive
  • Use possessive adjectives

 

How will this be achieved and assessed?

 

  • You will have the opportunity to practise the skills of Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking within each Unit.
  • You will have regular assessments on key vocabulary and grammar points to check your comprehension and learning work.
  • You will have written homework assessments on each Unit.
  • You will have Speaking Assessments.
  • You will have End of Unit Reading and Listening Assessments.
  • You will have the opportunity to assess and evaluate your progress and set new targets for yourself.
  • You will have the opportunity to consolidate topic vocabulary and grammar at home via languagesonline.co.uk- français-Encore Tricolore 1- Unité 7-10 listed in this booklet.( if possible you may have the opportunity to visit the ICT suite in school once per term to revise this topic)
  • You have the opportunity to access further audio & reading activities at home via http://www.stpatricksacademyvle.org → French → Key Stage 3.

 

 

 

 

The study of French in Year 10.

 

The Year 10 booklet is organised in 3 units of work. Each unit is on a different topic.

Unit 1: La famille et les amis

  • Revise family members and learn all extended family members
  • Learn how to describe physical appearance
  • Learn how to describe positive and negative aspects of your personality and others.
  • Learn how to express opinions and use the negative
  • Discuss the importance of one’s family and who you get on best with and why.

Unit 2: Les loisirs

  • Learn a wide range of sports.
  • Learn a variety of TV Programmes and films
  • Learn about the advantages and disadvantages of the internet as well as discussing likes and dislikes.
  • Learn other leisure activities e.g. music reading
  • Learn the rules of the Perfect tense (the past tense) and some common irregular verbs in the perfect tense.

Unit 3: La bonne santé

  • Revise foods and drinks
  • Revise sports and leisure activities
  • Discuss healthy lifestyle choices
  • Learn the parts of the body and how to explain certain ailments

 

How will this be achieved and assessed?

  • You will have the opportunity to practise the skills of Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking within each Unit.
  • You will have regular assessments on key vocabulary and grammar points to check your comprehension and learning work.
  • You will have written homework assessments on each Unit.
  • You will have Speaking Assessments.
  • You will have End of Unit Reading and Listening Assessments. These will include CCEA GCSE Foundation tier reading and listening past papers and AQA Foundation tier reading and listening past papers.
  • You will have the opportunity to assess and evaluate your progress and set new targets for yourself.

You will have the opportunity to consolidate topic vocabulary and grammar at home using resources available on http://www.stpatricksacademyvle.org → French → Key Stage 3.

GCSE

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A level

The study of French at AS and A2 level

 

The study of A Level French further develops and extends the students’ competence in each of the four skills of Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking.

 

The examination board is CCEA. The latest version of the Revised AS and A2 French Specifications can be viewed and downloaded on the CCEA website.

 

A Level French study also provides the opportunity to learn about the society and the culture of France and French speaking communities.

 

A2 French provides the opportunity to study French literature and culture.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Details of assessment:

AS and A2 French Examinations take place in May / June.

Students are assessed in the four skill areas: Speaking, Listening, Reading and Writing. There are two units at both AS and A2 level and the final mark for A2 is the total gained over all units.

 

Career implications:

 

AS and A2 French studies build on the knowledge and skills achieved at GCSE level.

In an increasingly global economy, proficiency in a foreign language is a highly marketable job skill. French is integral to or complementary with a huge number of careers including international business, computers, travel and tourism, public administration, law, banking, medicine, accountancy, journalism, education and social work. In fact, a sound working knowledge of one or more modern European languages has become a major differentiator when it comes to recruitment. The study of other European languages and literature develops cultural awareness and sensitivity, improves ones ability to communicate and promotes greater appreciation of European business environments.
France is our closest European neighbour and after English, French is the most widely spoken and studied language in Europe. French is a major working language in the bureaucracy of the European Union and has been the vehicle for a large proportion of modern European culture and literature. In the world of international commerce, industry and politics, French is often the common language of communication. It is also the official language of forty countries worldwide.

Department News/Events

Subject news/ Events.

  • Excellent examination results have been maintained both at GCSE and A Level French.

2014 results:

96% pass rate (A*- C) at GCSE Level.

100% pass rate (A*- A) at A Level.

  • Onatti French play for Year 10 and Year 11 students in October 2014.
  • Post 16 French debates organised by NICILT at QUB.
  • Year 8 French club. ( Friday at lunch time)
  • EU Competition Juvenes Translatores – Years 13/14
  • Careers talks with guest speakers and past pupils for Year 10 students.

Educational Visits/Trips

Educational Visits/ Trips.

 

Annual KS3 French trip to Paris (Year 10)

AS French revision day at QUB.

A2 French revision day at QUB.

CEIAG Links

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GCSE French

 

The study of GCSE French revises and extends many topics already introduced at Key Stage 3. The course develops the students’ competence in each of the four skills of Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking.

The examination board is CCEA. The latest version of the Revised GCSE French can be viewed and downloaded on the CCEA website.

 

There are 3 Contexts of Learning

 

The course aims to increase the oral and written proficiency of students.

 

Details of Assessment

Speaking and Writing are each worth 30% of the final examination and are assessed by Controlled Assessment. Students prepare and complete two tasks for each assessment objective at a time designated by the teacher during the two year course.

 

Listening and Reading are each worth 20% and are externally assessed by terminal examination papers in May / June of Year 12.

 

Career implications

An ability to understand and to communicate in another Modern Language is a vital skill in a global market. Linguistic competence can enhance employment prospects if added to other skills and expertise e.g. teaching, interpreting, tourism, hospitality, business, industry, finance, politics, law and ICT.