Welcome to the French Department main page.
We are a flourishing Department and have been delighted at the excellent results the students have achieved at GCSE: 100% A- C Grades in Spanish, Bengali and Turkish, 96% in German and 69% in French! This is a truly amazing achievement for all our boys and girls. Well done!
At Mossbourne, we are committed to the idea of modern foreign languages as well as teaching and learning a growing number of community languages. With the world becoming a smaller and more technological place, there has never been a more important time foranguages. In doing so, people can see not only that the study of languages is, in itself, modern and relevant but also that through language, and cultural understanding as part of the curriculum, our pupils are offered chances that previous generations have never had.
Students, with knowledge of another language, empathy for other cultures and with the ability to use technology, are well equipped for the global workplace. The promotion of these talents is at the heart of French teaching at Mossbourne.
Mossbourne French Learning:
Promotes interest, enjoyment and proficiency in the use of French for the purposes of practical communication.
Develops pupils’ interest in other languages and in the culture and life of those countries where the language is spoken.
Helps to develop an awareness of the nature of language and of language learning.
Provides a sound linguistic base for advanced language learning and promotes cross-curricular learning (e.g. analysis, drawing inferences and listening skills).
KEY STAGE 3 LEARNING
Pupils study one main language in Year Seven. They are then able to take extension classes in up to three languages if they choose to do so. We offer French as a main language, as well as in Extension classes, and pupils often opt to take the subject to GCSE level or beyond.
We teach French using interactive whiteboards and students can use Languages websites from both school and home. Some MFL lessons are taught in ICT rooms which allow students to prepare project work such as Power-Point presentations.
This type of exercise provides the opportunity for them to focus on more independent learning.The department not only teaches the language, it teaches cultural awareness and aims at engaging students in the discovery and respect of other ways of life, other societies, beliefs, traditions and cultures.
KEY STAGE 4 LEARNING
The French Department have had wonderful results at GCSE in 2011
Develop understanding of the spoken and written forms of the language in a range of contexts
Develop the ability to communicate effectively in the language of study
Develop knowledge and understanding of the grammar of the language
Apply their knowledge and understanding in a variety of relevant contexts which reflect their previous learning and maturity
Develop knowledge and understanding of countries and communities where the language is spoken
Develop positive attitudes to language learning
Provide a suitable foundation for further study and/or practical use of the language
The themes covered are My World, Holiday Time and Travel, Work and Lifestyle, and The Young Person in Society
Students will develop skills in listening, speaking, reading, and writing. There is a strong contribution to Key Skills.
Assessment is through final examination in Listening, Speaking and Reading at the end of Year 10. 25% of the marks are currently awarded for written coursework. From 2009 this written coursework will be replaced by written assignments completed under controlled conditions in the classroom.
KEYSTAGE 5 LEARNING
French is currently taught is taught at AS/A2 level. We are using the Edexcel Board of Examination.
The course encourages students to:
Develop understanding of the spoken and written forms of the language from a variety of registers
Communicate confidently, clearly and effectively in the language through both the spoken and the written word, using increasingly accurate, complex and varied vocabulary
Increase their sensitivity to language and language learning
Develop critical insights into, and contact with, the contemporary society, cultural background, and heritage of countries or communities where the language is spoken
Develop positive attitudes to foreign language learning
Provide a suitable foundation for further study and/or practical use of the language Organisation
There is one teaching group in French. One teacher is responsible for the delivery of the course from the Edexcel Examination Board.
Units 1-3 are usually tested in Year 12; Units 4-6 are usually tested in Year 13
Unit 1 tests written response to stimulus material in spoken and written form
Unit 2 tests written response to a variety of longer written texts based on contemporary issues
Unit 3 tests spoken response to contemporary issues
Unit 4 tests written response to stimulus material in spoken and written form
Unit 5 is written coursework based on the study of two or more contemporary texts
Unit 6 tests spoken response to contemporary issues
Please note that a new specification will be in place that will be tested at AS Level from 2009 onwards and A2 Level from 2010 onwards. Under the new specification at AS Level Listening, Reading and Writing will be tested in a 2 hour exam for Unit 1 and Speaking will be tested in Unit 2. At A2 Level, Listening, Reading and Writing will be tested in a 2 and ½ hour exam and Speaking will be tested in Unit 4.
Trips abroad: Trips to Germany and Spain are launched by the MFL Department on a regular basis.
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