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GCSE French/German

Overview of Course

This course aims to develop students’ understanding of the language in a variety of different contexts and raise their awareness and understanding of countries and communities where French/German is spoken. They will develop their vocabulary and structures and be able to communicate effectively in the language, ensuring transferable language learning skills.

Students will be developing skills in speaking, listening, reading and writing, by covering a variety of topics including: ‘out and about’, customer service and transactions, personal information, future plans, education and work.

Content and Assessment

Unit 1: Listening and understanding in French/German External assessment (written paper worth 25%)

This unit draws on vocabulary and structures from across the four specified common topic areas

  • Assessment is on the ability to understand spoken French/German and requires a response, written or non-verbal, to demonstrate understanding

Unit 2: Speaking in French/German Internally conducted and externally assessed (25%)

Students must demonstrate the ability to use the French/German language for different purposes and in different settings. They will be assessed on three tasks:-

  1. A role play on a given topic
  2. Questions based on a picture provided
  3. A conversation on two themes; one chosen in advance, one chosen by the examination board.

Unit 3: Reading and understanding in French/German External assessment (25%) This unit draws on vocabulary and structures from across the four specified common topic areas:-

  • Students will be tested on their ability to understand written French/German
  • The assessment consists of a number of short text notices or news reports in French/German which include a range of settings and styles, both formal and informal (e.g. text messages, advertisements, emails)

Unit 4: Writing in French/German External written examination (25%) (1 hour and 10 mins)

  • * Students must demonstrate the ability to use the language for different purposes in different settings. They must complete two separate writing tasks.

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