GCSE French

Why study French?

Studying French will provide you with an enviable skill. It will benefit you when you come into contact with French-speaking people both at home and abroad. You will learn about the French culture and will be able to communicate with young people of your own age in their own language.

We also have an exchange with Lycee Saint-Sauveur in Redon, Brittany held around Easter time.

You will study French in relation to:

  • Identify and culture
  • Local, national, international and global areas of interest (with a focus on French speaking culture)
  • Current and future study and employment

At the end of the course you will speak French and you will have learnt to:

  • communicate more successfully
  • be confident when problem solving
  • use ICT successfully in French
  • work successfully as a team member
  • improve your own learning and performance
  • deepen cultural knowledge

You will be entered for either Foundation or Higher papers. You will take a paper in the skills of reading, listening and writing. You will do one short speaking test. 

Listening and reading papers (25% each): You will listen to and read messages, dialogues, announcements, discussions, narratives etc. in French on a CD.  In the reading paper, you will also have to translate a short text from English into French.
Speaking test (25%): You will have to complete 3 tasks in your speaking test. Firstly you will have to take part in a role play scenario, where you will have to ask and answer questions. Secondly you will have to discuss a photo card and two related questions. Thirdly, you will have to take part in a conversation, partly prepared and partly unprepared,
Writing paper (25%): you will have to respond  in French to a range of written tasks. Your knowledge of and accurate application of grammar and structures will be assessed. part of the writing paper is a translation into French.