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GCSE French

Board:  Edexcel

Specification:  1FRO

Assessment information: Each skill counts 25%

Paper 1: Listening and understanding in French

Paper 2: Speaking in French

Paper 3: Reading and understanding in French

Paper 4: Writing in French

Themes and topics

 Questions across all four language skills are set in common contexts, addressing a range of relevant contemporary and cultural themes. They are organised into five themes, each broken down into topics and sub-topics.

 The five themes are:

  •  Identity and culture
  •  Local area, holiday, travel
  •  School
  •  Future aspirations, study and work
  •  International and global dimensions.

Subject aims and learning objectives

 The aims and objectives of this qualification are to enable students to:

  • develop their ability to communicate confidently and coherently with native speakers in speech and writing, conveying what they want to say with increasing accuracy
  • express and develop thoughts and ideas spontaneously and fluently
  • listen to and understand clearly articulated, standard speech at near normal speed
  • develop awareness and understanding of the culture and identity of the countries and communities where the language is spoken
  • develop language-learning skills both for immediate use and to prepare them for further language study and use in school, higher education or employment

Note:

At Virgo Fidelis we expect many students to take a Modern Foreign Language up to GCSE. The French department expects candidates to demonstrate a good knowledge (level 6 equivalent) in order to undertake this course successfully.