94% of the world does not speak English as their first language, and 75% does not speak English at all.
Language lessons will offer a variety of activities aiming to develop listening, speaking, reading and writing skills, including pair and group work, listening to and making recordings both audio and video as well as using ICT to communicate with native speakers or practise language skills.
Contexts and topics covered are:
Identity and Culture – healthy and unhealthy lifestyles, relationships, future plans, family celebrations, cultural traditions.
International dimension – free time and the media, , new technology, social issues and equality, global environmental problems.
Local area, holiday and travel – home and local area, tourism, holiday plans and experiences, local environmental issues.
School and future aspirations – school, college and future plans, looking for and getting a job, advantages and inconveniences of different jobs.
The four language skills will be assessed: Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing. Students will be assessed against the new GCSE criteria, which will involve equally weighted exams at the end of the course, with lots of support and practice beforehand.
Is it for me?
Studying French will help students to be more employable, and to develop useful transferable skills. The subject will teach students more about Francophone communities – you will learn about cultural aspects of French-speaking communities around the world.
French will help you to get into university – several courses including Medicine and Law ask for a Modern Foreign Language to be considered for a place.
Students will have fun – lessons are interactive with an emphasis on group work, problem solving and independent learning.
Languages are an asset in many jobs as diverse as accountancy, the travel industry, computer game design, engineering, journalism or law. Employers highly regard foreign language skills.