At Brownlow Integrated College, all pupils have the opportunity to study French in years 8, 9 and 10 in conjunction with the statutory curriculum requirements at Key Stage 3. In years 11 and 12 (Key Stage 4) pupils have the option to further enhance their language skills and knowledge, leading to a GCSE qualification in French.
The modern language classroom is equipped with a fully integrated interactive whiteboard, advanced audio devices for listening material and conducting speaking activities and, in line with technological advances, the opportunity for iPad use to enhance language learning through apps such as Quizlet and Linguascope.
The classroom is a vibrant space for pupils to engage in language learning in an asthetically-pleasing environment with a great variety of resources catering for different levels, needs and of course abilities, all of which are conducive to learning.
Junior School French
All pupils in Years 8 -10 study French as a compulsory Modern Language. In year 8 students have three 35 minute lessons and in Years 9 and 10 most students will have three 35 minute lessons on their timetable.
Students have 4 assessments throughout the year and are assessed in the 4 language skills of Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing. After Year 10 pupils have the option of studying French to GCSE level.
Year 8 - Self and Family, School, Hobbies and Interests, Describing people,
Year 9 - Describing people, Food and Drink/ Snacks, Where I Live, Food and Drink, Sports and Health, Out and About
Year 10 - Clothes, TV and Cinema, Going Out, Daily Routines, Travel and Holidays
Pupils are assessed four times throughout the year on the topics set.
Senior School French
Students of GCSE French can develop their enthusiasm for the language while increasing their confidence in the four key skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing. They learn more about French-speaking countries / communities, as well as covering topics like social and global issues – taking their place as citizens in a multilingual, global society.
Three contexts for learning provide plenty of variety and scope for investigating, understanding, describing, discussing and giving opinions. The contexts are:
• identity, lifestyle and culture
• local, national, international and global areas of interest
• school life, studies and the world of work.
Our exam board is CCEA. Listening, Reading and Writing are assessed at the end of Year 12 through written exams.
Speaking is assessed in Year 12 as a Controlled Assessment lasting 7-12 minutes. There is a general conversation on 2 topics and 2 role-plays. The four units are each worth 25% of the overall GCSE