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Learning French at EGA is extremely interactive and students are encouraged to be independent, creative and reflective learners.
The French Department plans for each student to develop confidence in their ability to communicate in French and all students will develop an understanding of how language learning can bring global communities closer together, creating a deeper understanding of other cultures.
French at Key Stage 3
Year 7 and 8 students have 3 French lessons per week, and they will be working towards taking their Language GCSE in Year 9, which is a really exciting opportunity.
Your daughter/ward will be set homework on a weekly basis and we will inform you of their progress. Good work and behaviour are praised and celebrated through regular small rewards consisting of stickers, stars and merits.
Each student has a French ICT lesson where they can explore their language skills further by creating powerpoint presentations in the target language and by using online software such as Vokis. Students also reinforce their language learning by completing challenging exercises online on www.vocabexpress.com, www.linguascope.com, www.memrise.com and www.languagesonline.org.uk .
All students are assessed after each unit on one or two skills and there is an end of year exam in the summer term which will assess all skills (listening, speaking, reading and writing).
In Year 7, the theme is “My World” which encompasses basic vocabulary, giving opinions, talking about self and family, school, incorporating grammatical skills which will help them create their own personalised “TRACTOR” pages.
The theme in Year 8 is “Holidays in a global context” and there is an in depth focus on grammar, building on their learning from Year 7. Students will continue to develop their understanding of tenses by discussing previous and future holidays, as well as normal holiday practice. They will study countries, capitals, weather, different forms of transport, recipes from the target country and eating out.
They will further develop their skills as an independent learner,recycling language from their “TRACTOR”pages to facilitate spontaneous production of language, both orally and written. They will continue to develop skills in listening, speaking, reading and writing and consolidate the use of the different tenses.
Study at Home for KS3
Students are actively encouraged to purchase a dictionary for the language they study and teachers recommend regular sessions at home working on www.vocabexpress.com, www.memrise.com, www.linguascope.com, and www.languagesonline.org.uk .
French at Key Stage 4
The GCSE course in French is a one year course and students will have five/ six lessons of French per week.
At the end of the course, in May/June 2018 students will have exams in all of the FOUR skills, (Listening, Reading, Writing, Speaking)which are worth 25% each.
The GCSE course consists of three themes:
Theme 1- Identity and Culture
Theme 2 - Local, national, international and global areas of interest
Theme 3 - Current and future study and employment
In the spirit of the EGA community, current Year 9 students have compiled a list of “Top tips” to prepare the new Year 9 French students for their GCSE and to advise them on strategies and revision techniques that were useful for them.