What is GCSE Languages?
The French GCSE is a two year topic based course that tests the four skills: listening, reading, speaking and writing. This course follows the AQA Board of Examinations and all four skills are tested at the end of the course by examination. The teaching style retains a communicative methodology, emphasising the importance of understanding and communicating in everyday situations. A sound knowledge of French grammar is required for success at GCSE and grammar teaching is an integral part of the course.
You will be taught using modern resources and technologies alongside the Oxford AQA GCSE course. There is an abundance of online resources including reading, writing, grammar and listening exercises. Students will complete the majority of listening tasks individually in one of our computer suites, working at your own pace with the support of the teacher. You will also be able to access the whole online course from home, allowing for effective revision and practical exam-based homework tasks.
Who might enjoy this course?
If you have a passion for languages and an interest in other European countries and cultures then this course is for you.
Listening skills, communication skills, problem solving, creativity, lateral thinking and tolerance of other people and cultures.
What about exams? What will I study?
Paper 1: Listening component. The purpose of the exam is to understand and respond to different types of spoken language. The Listening component comprises 25% of the final grade.
Paper 2: Speaking component. The purpose of the exam is to communicate and interact effectively in speech for a variety of purposes. The exam will be taken with your classroom teacher and will include a role-play, a photo card stimulus. You will be given preparation time after having seen the roleplay and photocard. The Speaking component comprises 25% of the final grade.
Paper 3: Reading component. The purpose of the exam is to understand and respond to different types of written language. There will also be a translation text from French to English. The Reading component comprises 25% of the final grade.
Paper 4: Writing component. The purpose of the exam is to communicate effectively in writing for a variety of purposes. The writing exam will include a number of tasks, ranging from writing a short message to an opening ended writing task of 150 words. There will also be a translation text from English to French. The Writing component comprises 25% of the final grade.
What could I do next with GCSE Languages?
Learning a language will certainly make you more employable. It is well researched that learning a language helps you to be a better problem solver and communicator, be more creative and flexible as well as helping to improve your memory. A GCSE language can also help you get a university place, especially in English, history and law.
Taking French at GCSE language could help in the following careers;
business and finance
secretarial & administration
import and export
translation & interpreting
travel & tourism
marketing & sales