FRENCH, GERMAN, SPANISH
Examination Board: AQA - Specification codes: French 4658 - German 4668 - Spanish 4698
The Modern Foreign Languages Department has an excellent record of its pupils achieving outstanding results from a broad range of abilities. Changes to the GCSE, for first examination in 2011, should make this already popular choice even more accessible to those wishing to continue their studies, particularly as there are now no longer final speaking and writing examinations.
Pupils studying Modern Foreign Languages should not experience a great change in the format of lessons as, given the linear nature of the subject, they will be merely extending their existing knowledge and skills. Although the text book is the basis for study, there are other opportunities to look at linguistic and cultural points of interest; for instance through the use of DVDs, the Internet, poetry, cookery and music, to name but a few. The study of modern languages is useful for both leisure and business in view of the increasingly global nature of modern society.
Candidates will be examined in all four skills of listening, reading, speaking and writing. The weighting of marks is as follows:
The Listening and Reading tests will normally be taken at the end of the course, with questions and answers in English. They can be entered at Foundation or Higher level.
The Writing test will be internally assessed but externally moderated, whereas the Speaking test will externally marked. Both assessments can be done at any time, although they must be submitted before the beginning of May in Year 11. The Speaking and Writing are marked according to outcome.
The Writing test will comprise of two pieces of coursework of 200 to 300 words each. Pupils can prepare drafts after the topic has been studied in detail as a class. The test is then administered in controlled conditions with no access to the draft, although dictionaries are allowed.
The Speaking test is made up of two dialogues between the pupil and teacher on a specified topic and can be prepared beforehand.
Miss E Evans BA (Hons)