French

Bienvenue! Welcome to the French Department. We aim to:offer pupils the opportunity to learn French in a positive and interactive atmosphere, encouraging positive attitudes to language learning and to speakers of French. We seek to promote a supportive approach to other cultures and civilisations. We aim to develop students’ understanding of themselves and their own culture.

 

Key Stage 3

In Year 7 pupils learn to talk and write about themselves, their friends and their family, leisure activities, where they live, the time, school, the weather, holidays and snacks.

In Year 8 they study past-times, what they did last weekend, tourist attractions in Paris, where they live, their talents and French-speaking countries.

In Year 9 pupils will learn about describing others, hobbies, school, technology, home life, being ill and staying healthy.

Pupils learn by using four key language skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing. Students will also translate to and from French. They will also be building up their grammatical skills, throughout the years. They will also build up a repertoire of vocabulary.

In Year 7 students are expected to spend around half an hour on their homework and by Year 9 they should be spending about 45 minutes on it.  If students have any problems with homework they should speak to their teacher, to Mrs Fitzsimons (Head of French), or attend the French Clinic which is held in St Joe’s every Wednesday lunchtime.

To reinforce their learning, Y7 and Y9 students are given the opportunity to watch a French play during the year, presented by a touring theatre company. They study a scene from it the lesson before they see the play, to aid their understanding.  This is usually a really enjoyable, funny and entertaining experience for students.  They are often surprised at how much French they already understand.

In Yr 8 students take part in the MFL Fun Day, where they participate in a carousel of activities to promote language learning.

Useful websites for KS3 include:

zut.org.uk (free to use before 9 and and after 4 pm)

BBC Bitesize

languagesonline

 

Key Stage 4

Our students follow the Pearson Edexcel French 1FR0 specification.

Students will take exams in Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing at the end of the two year course.  Each skill is worth 25% of the total marks.  Students will do the speaking exam with their teacher, but Pearson will mark them and all the other skills will be set and marked by Pearson.  Students will be entered for one single tier across all four skills.

We would expect Year 10 and 11 students to spend around two hours a week doing homework.  If students have any problems with homework they should speak to their teacher, to Mrs Fitzsimons (Head of French), or attend the French Clinic which is held in St Joe’s every Monday lunchtime for Year 11 and every Tuesday lunch-time for Year 10.  Students may also borrow books from the Library to help improve their literacy in French.

Useful KS4 website include:

zut.org.uk

bitesize

senecalearning

quizlet

france24

newsinslowfrench

1jour1actu.com

audio-lingua

 

Key Stage 5

Students are working towards the A Level exam, which will take place at the end of the two year course.  We are following the Pearson Edexcel 9FR0 specification.

Students will be examined on listening, speaking, reading and writing skills.  They will translate into and out of French.  They will be examined on key literary texts.  They will also do an independent research presentation as part of their Speaking exam.

Students should spend between three and four hours a week doing homework.  They should do as much independent study as possible, including recommended websites.  If they need any advice and help with this, they should speak to Mrs Fitzsimons.  Attending French films and/or plays (at the Institut Français, for example) would also prove very beneficial.

We often ask our Sixth Form students to help younger students with their work, as this often reinforces their own understanding.  We also encourage them to take on the role of French prefect and promote French throughout the school.

Useful KS5 websites include:

hamillfrenchblog

leconjugueur

zut

france24

newsinslowfrench

institut-francais

quizlet – French A-level Edexcel flash cards

quizlet – quotations “un sac de billes” flashcards

sparknotes – stranger

youtube 1

youtube 2

 

Opportunities for French beyond Loreto

By studying a MFL at A Level, students should have equipped themselves with transferable skills such as autonomy, resourcefulness, creativity, critical thinking, and linguistic, cultural and cognitive flexibility that will enable them to proceed to further study or employment, develop their capacity for critical and analytical thinking through the language of study and develop as independent researchers through the language of study.

Students may also go on to study a course such as French and French with Law at university.

 

Page updated March 2020