Introduction to French
Two of the most persistent myths about languages are that the British do not need to learn foreign languages since everyone else speaks English, and that the only jobs for people with languages are teaching and translating. Both statements are false! The reality is that over 60% of British trade is with non-English-speaking countries and British businesses lose billions of pounds each year due to poor language skills. Skilled linguists have never been so much in demand! There are more than 220 million French speakers around the world and it is the second most widely spoken language in the world. International businesses prefer to hire people who speak more than one language and French is the ideal language as it is one of the working languages of the United Nations.
French at KS4
French GCSE is studied over 3 years. The themes studied for the GCSE are “Lifestyle”, “Leisure”, “Home and Environment” and “Work and Education”. Students will complete two written controlled assessments, worth 15% each, on the topics of “My School” and “My Holidays”. They will complete two spoken controlled assessment, also worth 15% each, on the same topics. The final reading and listening exams make up the final 40%.