Students start preparing for the GCSE exam in earnest. In lessons, students are encouraged to speak the target language at every opportunity and there are weekly learning homeworks to improve their vocabulary. Word tests are being given very frequently to ensure the students broaden their vocabulary. The teachers are also designing a lot of recall activities to make sure the students ‘recycle’ their French / Spanish. Students are also taught about the culture of France & Spain and are encouraged to take an interest in European current affairs. They sharpen their listening and reading comprehension and work to make their writing and speaking performances more elaborate. The key aims of the GCSE are to enable students to develop:
- an understanding of French/Spanish in a variety of contexts
- transferable language learning skills
- the ability to communicate effectively in French/Spanish
- awareness and understanding of countries and communities where French/Spanish is spoken
The AQA Language GCSE qualification requires students to:
- listen and respond to different types of spoken language
- communicate in speech for a variety of purposes
- read and respond to different types of written language
- communicate in writing for a variety of purposes
- use and understand a range of vocabulary and structures
- understand and apply the grammar of the language, as detailed in the syllabus.
The topics covered are: Sport & Leisure; Media & Culture, Travel and Tourism and Business, Work and Employment. Grammar includes the proper future tense, imperfect, conditional and complex structures.
In Year 11, students will have the access to examination practice papers during Spring and Summer terms.
In addition to the EDEXCEL GCSE textbook available on VLE, we continue to use linguascope.com, quizlet, duolingo and Voki as well as authentic resources on YouTube.
The Edexcel GCSE French and the AQA Spanish exam is split into four categories, which are assessed individually. It is a terminal examination taken at the end of Year 11. Here is a breakdown of each category:
Listening: to understand specific details and to extract information from announcements, instructions as well as elicit implied meaning in more complex texts.
Speaking: to respond to questions and to elicit information. To be able to describe a photograph and participate in a role play. To give a range of opinions and hold short conversations.
Reading: to understand instructions, signs and notices, and to extract information from brochures, letters, etc. There is a translation element from French/ Spanish to English.
Writing: to convey and to elicit relevant information. There is usually a short answer question (30 words); a long answer question (50 words) and an essay (100-150 words). There is also a short prose task from English into French / Spanish.