French

The French department believes that every boy should have access to a wide and varied experience of as many cultures as possible. Our aim is to develop in our pupils a positive attitude towards language learning, so that every student enjoys and profits the experience and wants to achieve their best.

We strive to

  • Develop cultural awareness
  • Develop the ability to use the language effectively for practical communication purposes
  • Build foundations for further study

Staff Names and Roles

  • Mrs L Quigley-Brown – Acting Subject Leader for French (until January 2018)
  • Mrs D Demetriou – Subject Leader for French (from January 2018)
  • Ms C Mouls – Teacher of French
  • Ms L Leah – Teacher of French
  • Ms M Bonnet – French Assistant

Useful Websites to support your son’s learning

Opportunities outside of lessons

Broader aspects of study are an essential feature of French at Aston and students are encourage to take part in:

  • A study visit to Paris in Years 9 and 10.
  • A work experience placement in Years 12 & 13.

Course information

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YEAR 7

Topics covered in Year 7

Term 1: Myself & My School

  • likes and dislikes
  • personal items
  • personality
  • appearance
  • opinions on school subjects
  • time
  • school day
  • food

Term 2: My hobbies & Where I live

  • computers and mobiles
  • sports
  • leisure activities
  • opinions on hobbies
  • description of local area
  • directions
  • plans for the weekend
  • activities in town

Term 3: My holidays

  • destinations
  • getting ready
  • buying food and drink
  • future plans
How will your son be assessed during Year 7?

There will be three controlled assessments (CATS) during the year. These will take place in Autumn, Spring and Summer and will reflect the most recent module studied in class. ln addition, students will complete one half-term assessment (HTA) per half-term. There are therefore six
HTAs per year.
Assessment – Students will be awarded a % and grade for all CATs and HTAs completed. The grade will be based on the new grading system for GCSE (Grades 9-1) and students should aim to meet or exceed their target grade on all CATs and HTAs. Students will have a record of their personal target grade in their exercise book.

How could you support your son to learn during year 7?

In addition to formal assessment, students will be continually assessed on vocabulary and grammar, where they will not only learn the words and verbs but will be required to use each word/verb in a sentence. You can help your son to learn these words and encourage him to write a sentence for each one before the vocabulary test.

You can help
  • By encouraging your son to meet all deadlines for set work
  • By testing his knowledge of vocabulary and grammar on a weekly basis. You read out the English and your son must say the French in a loud voice and write it down to check spelling.
  • By ensuring that he practises his French independently, by using the resources on Moodle for example
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YEAR 8

Topics covered in Year 8

Term 1: Media & Tourism

  • television programmes
  • films
  • reading
  • the internet
  • a visit to Paris
  • saying what you did
  • opinions on tourist attractions
  • transport

Term 2: Identity & Home Life

  • personality & relationships
  • music
  • fashion
  • talking about a passion
  • local area
  • home
  • meals
  • a local event

Term 3: Talent and ambition

  • competitions
  • encouraging and persuading
  • instructions and advice
  • giving feedback
How will your son be assessed during Year 8?

There will be three controlled assessments (CATS) during the year. These will take place in Autumn, Spring and Summer and will reflect the most recent module studied in class. ln addition, students will complete one half-term assessment (HTA) per half-term. There are therefore six
HTAs per year.

Assessment – Students will be awarded a % and grade for all CATs and HTAs completed. The grade will be based on the new grading system for GCSE (Grades 9-1) and students should aim to meet or exceed their target grade on all CATs and HTAs. Students will have a record of their personal target grade in their exercise book.

How could you support your son to learn during Year 8?

In addition to formal assessment, pupils will be continually assessed on vocabulary and grammar, where they will not only learn the words and verbs but will be required to use each word/verb in a sentence. You can help your son to learn these words and encourage him to write a sentence for each one before the vocabulary test.

You can help
  • By encouraging your son to meet all deadlines for set work
  • By testing his knowledge of vocabulary and grammar on a weekly basis. You read out the English and your son must say the French in a loud voice and write it down to check spelling
  • By ensuring that he practises his French independently, by using the resources on Moodle for example
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YEAR 9

Topics covered in Year 9

Term 1 : Who am I?

  • Talking about friends
  • Talking about family
  • Making arrangements to go out
  • Describing a night out (past tense)
  • Talking about your life when you were younger
  • Discussing role models

Term 2 : Free Time

  • Talking about sport
  • Talking about your life online
  • Talking about books and reading
  • Talking about television programmes
  • Talking about actors and films

Term 3 : Daily Routine and Celebrations

  • Describing your daily routine
  • Talking about food for special occasions
  • Using polite language
  • Describing family celebrations
  • Describing festivals and traditions

 

How will your son be assessed during Year 9?

There will be three controlled assessments (CATS) during the year. These will take place in Autumn, Spring and Summer and will reflect the most recent module studied in class. ln addition, students will complete one half-term assessment (HTA) per half-term. There are therefore six
HTAs per year.

Assessment – Students will be awarded a % and grade for all CATs and HTAs completed. The grade will be based on the new grading system for GCSE (Grades 9-1) and students should aim to meet or exceed their target grade on all CATs and HTAs. Students will have a record of their personal target grade in their exercise book.

How could you support your son to learn during Year 8?

In addition to formal assessment, pupils will be continually assessed on vocabulary and grammar, where they will not only learn the words and verbs but will be required to use each word/verb in a sentence. You can help your son to learn these words and encourage him to write a sentence for each one before the vocabulary test.

You can help
  • By encouraging your son to meet all deadlines for set work
  • By testing his knowledge of vocabulary and grammar on a weekly basis. You read out the English and your son must say the French in a loud voice and write it down to check spelling
  • By ensuring that he practises his French independently, by using the resources on Moodle for example

 

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GCSE YEAR 10 & 11

Specification and Topics covered at GCSE

The current year 10s have started the new linear course.  You can find the full specification here: http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/languages/gcse/french-8658

Topics covered in Years 10 and 11

  • YEAR 10 – My Town. My Community
  • YEAR 10 –  Holidays
  • YEAR 10 –  Current and Future Study
  • YEAR 11 –  Current and future employment
  • YEAR 11 –  Social issues (charity/voluntary work/homelessness)
  • YEAR 11 – Global issues (the environment/poverty)

How will your son be assessed at GCSE?  

External: At the end of Year 11 there are four final exams. The speaking exam is conducted by the class teacher.

Listening (25%)

Reading (25%)

Speaking(25%)

Writing (25%)

Internal: After each unit there is a CAT in listening, reading, writing, translation, grammar, speaking or a combination of skills. In addition to the three CATs per year, there are six half termly assessments (HTAs) roughly one per half term.

 

How could you support your son to learn during Years 10 & 11?

The Controlled Assessments require thorough and dedicated revision and memorisation. In the run up to the examination date (these will be published on the school website), it would be helpful if you could remind and encourage your son to work on this solidly. It can be quite a dull and arduous tasks but once the boys have developed their best strategy for memorisation, it becomes a lot easier. Alongside the official end of topic assessments, boys will be expected to complete homework every week. They will also be continually assessed on vocabulary and grammar, as well as the other 4 skills, during class time. Vocabulary tests are a particularly crucial part of language learning and you can help your son to learn the spelling, pronunciation and gender of his vocabulary list and also encourage him to use those words in a sentence. Furthermore, in Years 10 and 11, the boys will be using 3 tenses, modal verbs and the conditional mood as well as a wide range of structures. As such it is vital that your son works on this regularly to develop his understanding of grammar.

You can support your son in his language learning by:
  • Encouraging him to meet all deadlines for homework and revision
  • Regularly testing his knowledge of vocabulary on a weekly basis. You can do this by reading aloud the English word and asking your son to say and write the French.
  • Purchasing a French GCSE revision guide (from year 10) to practise grammar and structures.
  • Referring to the French AQA GCSE website to remind your son of the assessment requirements and mark schemes.
  • Encourage him to extend his learning by using the wide range of online activities provided via the recommended websites and the French Moodle pages.
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A LEVEL YEAR 12 & 13

Specification and Topics Covered at A Level

The French A-level is now a 2-year linear course with no AS exam.

You can find the full specification for French A level here: http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/languages/as-and-a-level/french-7652

Topics:

Aspects of French society: current trends

  1. The changing nature of family
  2. The cyber society
  3. The place of volunteer work

Aspect of French society: current issues

  1. Positive feature of a diverse society
  2. Life of the marginalised
  3. How criminals are treated

Artistic culture in the French-speaking world:

  1. A culture proud of its heritage
  2. Contemporary francophone music
  3. Cinema: the 7th art form

Aspects of political life in the French-speaking world:

  1. Teenagers, the right to vote and political commitment
  2. Demonstrations, strikes – who holds the power?
  3. Politics and immigration

Grammar

A literary text and a film.

The exams take place at the end of the second year:

Paper 1: Listening, reading & writing (40%)

Paper 2: Writing (30%)

Paper 3: Speaking (30%)

 

How will your son be assessed at A level?   

There is no exam until the end of Year 13. Your son will, however, be continually assessed across all key skills (reading, listening, writing, speaking, translation, grammar) throughout the year. This will take the form of class work, homework, grammar, end of topic essays, verbal presentations in French, past-paper examinations and in the one-to-one sessions with our language assistant.

How could you support your son to learn during year 12&13?

All students have online access to “Kerboodle” which provides an online version of their textbook as well as additional resources such as vocabulary sheets, listening and reading materials, exam-type questions, grammar exercises and video clips. This is an excellent way for boys to extend their French at the click of a button, so please encourage this. Students may also purchase Authentik French-language magazines which come with an audio CD. These magazines are cheap and are fantastic for keeping up to date with French current affairs through articles and reports as well as advice and tips for the A-Level exams. The boys may also access the French department’s Moodle page for further resources. As the boys are studying French at a high level, they should all follow the French department’s Twitter page for fun news stories and language tips!

  • YEAR 7
  • YEAR 8
  • YEAR 9
  • GCSE YEAR 10 & 11
  • A LEVEL YEAR 12 & 13