Modern Foreign Languages

Learning a foreign language is an exciting, yet challenging experience and provides an opening to other cultures. The high quality French education at De Warenne fosters pupils curiosity and deepens their understanding of the world. Our aim is to broaden pupils horizons and encourage them to step beyond familiar cultural boundaries and develop new ways of seeing the world. Our teaching enables pupils to express their ideas and thoughts in another language and to understand and respond to its speakers, both in speech and in writing. Studying a foreign language is a highly desirable asset, wanted by both universities and employers alike. With French words making up around 30% of the English language, students not only have a head start in studying this academically rigorous subject, it also gives them an enormous helping hand in improving literacy in their own language too.

At De Warenne we believe in enriching our pupils with every possible opportunity to experience French culture, with a residential visit to Paris and annual cultural celebrations such as Bastille Day and the European Day of Languages. We also give students the opportunity to watch foreign films shown in their original version and participate in French cookery classes. Through foreign language learning, students at De Warenne make lifelong memories and have endless opportunities to open doors to a future without limits!

Department Staff

  • Mrs C Hill (Head of Department)
  • Mrs J McDermott

From Year 7 onwards, in line with the new specification, the following skills will be covered and assessed in all topic areas: 

  • Developing a comprehensive knowledge of French grammar and vocabulary.
  • Developing the ability to express and explain opinions in French.
  • Responding, both verbally and in writing, to a picture stimulus.
  • Participating in a French role play.
  • Accessing and responding to authentic source materials presented both orally and in the written form.
  • Translating phrases and passages from French into English and from English into French.
  • Understanding rubrics and instructions in French.

Year 7

We use the Studio text book to underpin our curriculum. The topics covered in Year 7:

Term 1:

  • Language Awareness.
  • Introducing yourself.
  • Dates and birthdays.
  • Talking about likes and dislikes
  • Talking about what you have in your school bag
  • Describing yourself and others
  • School
  • Food

Term 2:

  • Talking about computers and mobiles
  • Sports and other free time activities
  • Describing what other people do
  • Describing home and local area.
  • Directions
  • Inviting people out

Term 3:

  • Holidays
  • Talking about getting ready to go out (reflexive verbs)
  • Buying drinks and snacks
  • Talking about what you would like to do

Year 8

The topics covered in Year 8:

Term 1:

  • TV and film
  • Talking about reading
  • Talking about the internet
  • Using the perfect tense
  • Paris – describing what you can do
  • Tourist information – question words
  • Perfect tense – describing what you did.

Term 2:

  • Personality and adjectives
  • Talking about relationships
  • Talking about music and clothes
  • Talking about last weekend
  • Saying where you would like to live
  • Describing your home
  • Food
  • Talking about forthcoming events

Term 3:

  • Talking about talent and ambition
  • Saying what you must and can do
  • Imperative – telling someone what to do
  • Adjectives

Year 9

The topics covered in Y9:

Term 1:

Talking about friendship

  • Revisiting family relationships
  • Making arrangements to go out
  • Describing a night out with friends
  • Talking about your life when you were younger
  • Discussing role models

Term 2:

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

Term 3:

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

Homework: KS3

  • Every student will be issued with a Knowledge Organiser each half term. This contains all of the vocabulary students need in order to be successful within the Learning Unit being taught in school at that time. Each week students will be expected to learn key vocabulary for the current unit.
  • Each student will also be issued with a homework booklet, which reflects the Learning Unit being taught. There will be a choice of red/amber/green activities for students to choose from each week.

Year 9 enjoying a bit of history, cuisine, cinema and a shared love of all things French during our Bastille Day celebrations! #bonnefête#anyone for snails?

GCSE French course

From September 2020 all students will study French throughout Year 9. Currently in Year 9, students begin the GCSE course.

Students study all of the following themes on which the assessments are based.

Theme 1: Identity and culture

Theme 2: Local, national, international and global areas of interest

Theme 3: Current and future study and employment

Year 10

The topics covered in Year 10:

Term 1:

  • Describing a region
  • Talking about your town, village or district
  • Discussing what  to see and do
  • Discussing plans depending on the weather
  • Describing community projects

Term 2:

  • Talking about an ideal holiday
  • Booking and reviewing hotels
  • Ordering in a restaurant
  • Talking about travelling
  • Buying souvenirs
  • Talking about holiday disasters

Term 3:

  • Talking about social issues and children's rights
  • Discussing problems facing the world
  • Talking about protecting the environment
  • Discussing ethical shopping
  • Talking about volunteering
  • Discussing the homeless and problems of inequality
  • Discussing big events

Topics covered in the current Year 11:

Term 1:

  • Talking about social issues and children's rights
  • Discussing problems facing the world
  • Talking about protecting the environment
  • Discussing ethical shopping
  • Talking about volunteering
  • Discussing the homeless and problems of inequality
  • Discussing big events

Theme 1 revision:

  • Family, pets, relationships
  • Marriage and future plans
  • Free time activities
  • Technology
  • Food and drink
  • Shopping
  • Customs and Festivals

Term 2:

Theme 2 revision:

  • House and household chores
  • Describing town
  • Ideal town
  • Holidays and tourism
  • Health and social issues
  • Global issues

Theme 3 revision

  • School subjects and opinions
  • Description of school and teachers
  • School life, routine and concerns
  • Describing life at primary school
  • Jobs and future plans

Term 3:

  • Speaking preparation
  • Exam preparation
  • Final examinations

Year 11 from September 2020:

Term 1:

  • Talking about your school
  • Comparing school in the UK and French-speaking countries
  • Discussing school rules
  • Discussing healthy living
  • Discussing vices
  • Talking about a school exchange

Theme 1 revision:

  • Family, pets, relationships
  • Marriage and future plans
  • Free time activities
  • Technology
  • Food and drink
  • Shopping
  • Customs and Festivals

Term 2:

Theme 2 revision:

  • House and household chores
  • Describing town
  • Ideal town
  • Holidays and tourism
  • Health and social issues
  • Global issues

Theme 3 revision

  • School subjects and opinions
  • Description of school and teachers
  • School life, routine and concerns
  • Describing life at primary school
  • Jobs and future plans

Term 3:

  • Speaking preparation
  • Exam preparation
  • Final examinations

Assessments

GCSE French has a Foundation Tier (grades 1–5) and a Higher Tier (grades 4–9). Students must take all four question papers at the same tier. All question papers must be taken in the same series. Four skills are assessed – listening, speaking, reading and writing.

Listening

Understanding and responding to different types of spoken language.

  • Written exam: 35 minutes (Foundation Tier), 45 mins (Higher Tier)
  • 60 marks (for each of Foundation Tier and Higher Tier)

Speaking

Communicating and interacting effectively in speech for a variety of purposes

  • 7–9 minutes (Foundation Tier) + preparation time
  • 10–12 minutes (Higher Tier) + preparation time
  • 60 marks (for each of Foundation Tier and Higher Tier)

25% of GCSE

Reading

Understanding and responding to different types of written language.

  • Written exam: 45 minutes (Foundation Tier), 1 hour (Higher Tier)
  • 60 marks (for each of Foundation Tier and Higher Tier)

25% of GCSE

Writing

Communicating effectively in writing for a variety of purposes.

  • Written exam: 1 hour (Foundation Tier), 1 hour 15 minutes (Higher Tier)
  • 50 marks at Foundation Tier and 60 marks at Higher Tier

25% of GCSE

Where might it lead?

Gaining a good grade in French is well regarded for Sixth Form and College courses as well as for particular university courses, apprenticeships and careers. Languages form part of the English baccalauréat qualification, which is a respected qualification both in this country and abroad and can open the door to many opportunities.

Language skills such as literacy skills, understanding of language and improved memory can enhance other subjects and broaden the lives and minds of young people.

Homework: KS4

  • Every student will be issued with a GCSE vocabulary booklet at the start of the course. This contains all of the vocabulary students need to know in preparation for the final examination.
  • Knowledge organisers will be issued each half term to match the unit of learning being taught. Students will be expected to learn from this and will be tested on a weekly basis.
  • Students will also be issued with a grammar and translation workbook from which exercises will be set each week.

Useful websites/apps for vocabulary acquisition:

  • http://legacy.language-gym.com/
  • AQA GCSE French cramit
  • duolingo
  • memrise
  • GCSE Pod

Every two years the French department run a trip to Paris to experience the local culture, language and cuisine.

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