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Modern Foreign Languages Faculty

The French/Urdu KS4 Scheme of Work incorporates the GCSE topics required for the AQA exam in listening, speaking, reading and writing skills. Work is differentiated to cater for different abilities and includes four main teaching modules. They are:

 

CONTEXT 1 LIFESTYLE

CONTEXT 2 LEISURE

Topics include: free time and the media; leisure activities; fashion; shopping; new technology; holiday plans and excursions.


CONTEXT 3 HOME AND ENVIRONMENT

Topics include: home and local area; festivals around the world and cultural events; comparisons of people living in different parts of the world; environmental issues such as pollution, global warming, litter, recycling and the planet in danger.

 

CONTEXT 4 WORK AND EDUCATION 

Topics include: school, college and future plans; comparisons between different schools; education issues affecting young people; ways of improving school life and current and future jobs.

 

The world of work: problems of unemployment and work experience issues for young people.

 

Over the two year GCSE course, students are required to complete two controlled assessment writing papers and two speaking tests, both of which are recorded. At the end of Year 11, they will sit one exam in listening and one exam in reading at either foundation or higher Tier (entry level for these papers is decided by the teacher). The task and questions for the speaking and writing controlled assessments are given to students in advance and they have six hours and prepare their response at home as well as time in class. The speaking tests are recorded, marked by teachers and a sample is sent to the exam board for moderation purposes. The allocation of marks is as follows:

 

LISTENING = 20% marks. Exam either at Foundation / Higher Tier

 

READING = 20% marks. Exam either at Foundation / Higher Tier

 

As 60% of the marks are obtained by controlled assessment, it is essential that students learn key vocabulary and phrases thoroughly for both the Speaking and Writing parts of the exam. Students are given words to learn for homework every week and booklets for each topic containing teaching notes and important vocabulary. Please encourage your son to learn them carefully for the controlled assessments.

 

 

FRENCH DEPARTMENT

 

KS3 SCHEME OF WORK


The KS3 classes use the ‘Métro’ textbooks which are differentiated according to ability. The topics studied per year group are as follows:


Year 7:

Greetings

Personal details: name/ age/ nationality

Pets

Description (hair / eyes colour)

Sports

Likes / Dislikes

Types of housing

Countries / nationalities

Telling the time

School subjects/ timetable

The weather

Shopping / Clothing

 

Year 8:

Personal details

Family

Favourite things

Daily routine

Body parts

Illness and injury

Food / mealtimes

Shopping

Restaurants/ menus

Leisure / free time activities

Holidays

Paris trip

Forms of transport

 

Year 9:

Different countries

Geography of France

Family members

Relationships

Asking for / giving directions / instructions

Arranging to go out

Hometown

Environmental issues

Keeping fit

Health / Lifestyle

Clothes / fashion

Media issues - TV, radio, etc…

New technology

Newspaper headlines

Jobs and professions

 


KS4 FRENCH SCHEME OF WORK

 

For the GCSE classes, the MFL faculty uses the Nelson Thornes French Higher / Foundation textbooks. We have subscribed to “Kerboodle” which allows students to practise individual skills independently at home and offers plenty of opportunity to learn and revise GCSE vocabulary.

 

From September 2016 students will be taught the new linear syllabus which is more demanding and involves all examinations taking place at the end of Year 11.

The first set of linear exams for French will take place in June 2018.

 

Year 10 and 11:

The 4 key modules taught for GCSE are as follows:


1 – Lifestyle

Health and Fitness

Keeping fit

Dangers of smoking/ alcohol / drugs

Relationships and choices

Equal opportunities

Racism

Poverty

 

2 - Leisure

Free time and the media

Shopping

Fashion

Hobbies / sports

New technology

Holidays

 

3 - Home and Environment

Home and local area

Festivals / celebrations

Home town and facilities

Comparing different worlds

Environmental issues

Pollution, global warming, litter

The environment and my home town

 

4 – Work and education

Describing school / facilities

Comparing schools in different countries

Problems at school

Current and future jobs

Work experience

The world of work

 

URDU DEPARTMENT

 

KS3 SCHEME OF WORK

 

Year 7 students study the following main modules in depth:

The Urdu Alphabet

Days of the week and months of the year

The classroom

Colours

Likes and dislikes

Greetings and introductions

 

Year 8 students study the following main modules in depth:

Myself

My family

My home

Finding the way (directions)

School

The weather

 

Year 9 students study the following main modules in depth:

Dates and Birthdays

Food and Drink

Shopping

Describing people

Life at Home and Daily Routine

Travel and transport

 

KS4 SCHEME OF WORK

 

Year 10 & 11 students study the following main modules in depth and currently complete four controlled assessments. They complete two speaking and two writing controlled assessments in Key Stage 4. They complete two further final examinations (reading and listening) at the end of the course in Year 11.

 

Students are expected, as they progress linguistically, to:

 

cope with a greater degree of unpredictability;

deal with a widening range of potential problems;

understand and use more accurately a widening range of vocabulary and structures, including some unfamiliar language;

understand issues and opinions;

discuss issues and give opinions;

give full descriptions and accounts.

 

The modules they study are:

 

Candidates should be able to understand and provide information and opinions about these contexts relating to the student’s own Work and Education and that of other people, including people in countries/communities where Urdu is spoken.

 

1. Work and Education

School/College and Future Plans

What school/college is like

Pressures and problems

Current and Future Jobs

Looking for and getting a job

Advantages and disadvantages of different jobs

 

2. Leisure

Free Time and the Media

Free time activities

Shopping, money, fashion and trends

Advantages and disadvantages of new technology

Holidays

Plans, preferences, experiences

What to see and getting around

 

3. Lifestyle

 

Health

Healthy and unhealthy lifestyles and their consequences

Relationships and Choices

Relationships with family and friends

Future plans regarding: marriage/partnership

Social issues and equality

 

4. Home and Environment

 

Home and Local Area

Special occasions celebrated in the home

Home, town, neighbourhood and region, where it is and what it is like

 

Environment

Current problems facing the planet

Being environmentally friendly within the home and local area

 

KEY DATES FOR FRENCH / URDU CONTROLLED ASSESSMENTS

 

W/B 3rd DECEMBER. French / Urdu speaking tests. Topic Leisure.

W/B 11th FEBRUARY. Writing tests. Topic New Technology.

 

Staff List

Mr G. Morrisson – Head of Faculty

Ms S. Hassall – Teacher of French

Mr J. Musampa – Teacher of French

Mr Mohammed Younas – Head of Urdu

Mr A Khan – Teacher of Urdu

 

 

 

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