Why study this subject?
- French is part of the Ebacc suite of subjects and is regarded as a highly desirable GCSE subject for students aiming for a broad and balanced curriculum.
- Many universities recommend a modern language at GCSE level to gain entry onto a range of degree courses. Many employers respect a modern language GCSE as a high level subject.
- A modern language can be a challenging, but highly rewarding subject to study. Being able to communicate in another language is a fantastic life-skill to have.
- Languages will open a lot of doors to a wide range of careers in the future.
- It has been proven that learning languages increases your cognitive ability.
Aims of the course
- To become global citizens in a multicultural, mutually respectful world.
- To develop your ability to communicate in authentic daily French.
- To offer insights into the culture of French speaking countries.
- To provide enjoyment and challenge through the skills of language learning.
- To encourage positive attitudes to foreign language learning and to speakers of foreign languages and a sympathetic approach to other cultures and civilisations.
- To improve general learning skills e.g. organisation, memorisation, presentation.
What can this course lead to?
- Anything! Every job or career can be enhanced by a modern language.
- Exciting work and travel and opportunities abroad.
- Potentially higher salaries.
- The ability to take on new challenges, work hard and achieve your goals.
- The motivation, confidence and experience to know that you can learn any other language in the future.
Modern Foreign Languages at AS, A2 or Degree level, or combined with a range of other subjects including Business, Law, Media and Marketing.
Expectations of subject
- In order to enjoy an MFL GCSE, you need to be self- motivated and demonstrate an appropriate end of KS3 language level in Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing.
- The GCSE is assessed through final assessments in listening, speaking, reading and writing (25% each skill). Students will build confidence and skills in each area throughout the course.
- Students need to be prepared to learn vocabulary regularly as well as keeping up with the demands of the course.
Support and provisions
- Revision guides, grammar and translation work-books are available for all students.
- Additional support is given for to prepare for speaking assessments through 1:1 and group work.
- Comprehensive ICT programmes and weblinks are used for independent learning and to support class and homework.
- Subscriptions available for authentic listening and reading material.
- Opportunities for a residential language trip and a day trip to France.