All students follow courses in French within the framework of the National Curriculum which includes the four language skills: listening, speaking and writing.
Students are assessed on a regular basis in these four skills through set-piece assessments and role-play. These assessment opportunities take place throughout a unit of work (one unit usually lasts a term) where work can be self, peer and / or teacher assessed in all 4 skills. Assignments are always given a National Curriculum level with advice on how to improve.
Some pieces of work are set as a competition such as the Year 7 animal poster assessment in writing where every class in a year group can gain a first, second and third prize. Year 8 and Year 9 students also prepare speaking presentations on topics such as when they go to a café or a shop and holidays. These are then assessed as a class or in pairs or by the teacher. All students are set targets at the beginning of the year and review their progress via a student progress sheet where they can reset their target as necessary and at the same time have an overview of their strengths and weaknesses in the four skills. Their progress is also recorded on the traffic light board system displayed opposite the French suite of rooms.
Students are grouped in mixed ability classes in Year 7, 8 and 9.
Students are awarded a student of the week certificate for effort, outstanding work or contributions in class.
Homework is set to provide opportunities for students to practice and further develop their language skills. ICT applications and web sites are also included in lessons. The school has a link with a French High School (College Jeanne D’Arc in Mulhouse, near Strasbourg) who visit every year. This is a class project where 2 classes correspond with each other culminating in a face to face meeting usually in the Summer Term.
In addition to language learning, students have the opportunity to take part in a “French Breakfast” and food tasting sessions. French customs are looked at alongside comparisons of lifestyle and traditions.
Last year, Year 9 students opted to study GCSE in French and spent the Spring Term studying for an oral exam and the Summer Term for a written exam. This year students will begin their GCSE studies from September.
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