This GCSE AQA course emphasises the practical communicative use of language, teaching the four skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing. A selection of themes from the following are covered: personal details and family life, describing towns, cities and countryside, different forms of accommodation, transport, holidays, school life, daily routine and jobs, buying food and drinks.
During Year 10, students have to complete at least one piece of written coursework and complete at least one speaking assessment which will count towards 30% of their GCSE. Mock Listening and reading assessments in both languages take place throughout the year. The titles of the assessments may vary from year to year but are always based on the topics outlined above. Students will have an assessment in one of the skills after each module. The learning of vocabulary is also set as homework in the form of a weekly vocabulary list which is sent over the Messenger system. Students will have vocab tests every week.
It would be useful if each student has access to a bilingual French or Spanish dictionary at home and/or access to the Internet. The Online Collins French and Spanish dictionary is useful, Google Translator is not! There are several websites that can be used for extra practice and reinforcement of new topics and new vocabulary. All Year 10 students should also purchase one of them. It is also recommended to get as much exposure to the language as possible, such as listening to French radio, watching films in French or reading the French news online etc. Students have access to an Edmodo page with revision tips, links etc.