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GCSE French / German / Spanish

Head of Modern Languages, French and German: Mrs S Hankin                                                                

Head of Spanish: Mrs C Salisbury                 

Examination Board: AQA

Pupils will continue to study their first foreign language for GCSE. The language which they have been studying as their second foreign language will be offered in the option system, so that keen linguists can study two modern languages if they wish.

The specification which will be offered by the Modern Languages Department is from the AQA examinations board. This is the new GCSE for first examination in June 2018. The new syllabus is an exciting prospect, providing a rigorous and challenging curriculum for Freemen’s pupils, which will ensure that they become accomplished linguists, equipping them with the knowledge to communicate in a variety of contexts with confidence. For those pupils who wish to pursue their study of languages beyond GCSE to A level, this examination is an excellent preparation, with its focus on spontaneous use of language and the need to manipulate language effectively.

This GCSE has a four unit structure which covers the language skills of Speaking, Writing, Reading and Listening. All of the skills are equally weighted at 25% for each skill area.

The specification covers three distinct themes. These themes apply to all four question papers. Each theme is broken down further into three or four topics. Students are expected to understand and provide information and opinions about these themes relating to their own experiences and those of other people, including people in countries/communities where the target language is spoken.

Theme 1: Identity and culture

Theme 2: Local, national, international and global areas of interest

Theme 3: Current and future study and employment Scheme of assessment

This is a linear examination which is offered at either Foundation or Higher tier; there will be no option to mix and match the two tiers. All skills will be assessed and marked by the board. The oral examinations will be conducted by teaching staff and marked by AQA examiners.

Paper 1: Listening. Written examination of 45 minutes. 25% of GCSE

Paper 2: Speaking. Oral examination with teacher 10 - 12 minutes. 25% of GCSE. Role-play, photo description and general conversation

Paper 3: Reading. Written examination of 1 hour. 25% of GCSE. Questions in English. Questions in target language. Translation from target language into English (50 words)

Paper 4:  Writing. Written examination of 1 hour 15 minutes. 25% of GCSE. Structured writing task (90 words). Open-ended writing task (150 words). Translation from English into target language (50 words)

French, German and Spanish will be offered as option subjects for pupils to select in addition to their first Modern Foreign Language.

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