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The Jubilee Academy

The Jubilee Academy

French

Core content

Students study all of the following themes on which the assessments are based.

Theme 1: Identity and culture covers the following four topics with related sub-topics shown as bullet points:

Topic 1: Me, my family and friends

Topic 2: Technology in everyday life

Topic 3: Free-time activities

Topic 4: Customs and festivals in French speaking countries/communities

 

Theme 2: Local, national, international and global areas of interest covers Local, national, international and global areas of interest covers the following four topics with related sub-topics shown as bullet points:

Topic 1: Home town, neighbourhood and region

Topic 2: Social issues

Topic 3: Global issues

Topic 4: Travel and tourism

 

Theme 3: Current and future study and employment covers current and future study and employment covers the following four topics:

Topic 1: My studies

Topic 2: Life at school/college

Topic 3: Education post - 16

Topic 4: Jobs, career choices and ambitions

 

Assessment

GCSE French has a Foundation Tier (grades 1-5) and a Higher tier (grades 4-9). Students must take all four question papers at the same tier. All question papers must be taken in the same series.

 

Unit title and description

Assessment and duration

Weighting

Paper 1 - Listening

Understanding and responding to different types of spoken language

Written examination

35 minutes(Foundation)

45 minutes(Higher)

50 Marks

25%

Questions

Foundation Tier and Higher Tier

  • Section A - questions in English, to be answered in English or non-verbally
  • Section B - questions in French, to be answered in French or non-verbally

Paper 2 - Speaking

Communicating and interacting effectively in speech for a variety of purposes

Non-Examination Assessment

7-9 minutes(Foundation)

10-12 minutes(Higher)

60 Marks

25%

Questions

Foundation Tier and Higher Tier -The format is the same at both tiers, but with different stimulus questions for the Photo card and different stimulus materials for the Role-play. The timings are different too:

  • Role-Play - 15 marks (2 minutes at Foundation; 2 Minutes at Higher)
  • Photo card - 15 marks (2 minutes at Foundation; 3 Minutes at Higher)
  • General conversation - 30 marks (3-5 minutes at Foundation; 5-7 Minutes at Higher)

Paper 3 - Reading

Understanding and responding to different types of written language

Written examination

45 minutes(Foundation)

1 Hour(Higher)

60 Marks

25%

Questions

Foundation Tier and Higher Tier

  • Section A - questions in English, to be answered in English or non-verbally
  • Section B - questions in French, to be answered in French or non-verbally
  • Section C - Translation fom French into English (a minimum of 35 words for Foundation Tier and 50 words for Higher Tier)

Paper 4 - Writing

Communicating effectively in writing for a variety of purposes

Written examination

1 Hour(Foundation)

1 Hour 15 Minutes(Higher)

50 Marks(Foundation)

60 Marks(Higher)

25%

Questions

Foundation Tier

  • Question 1 - message (student produces four sentences in response to a photo) - 8 Marks
  • Question 2 -short passage (student writes a piece of continuous text in response to four brief bullet points, approximately 40 words in total) - 16 marks
  • Question 3 -Translation from English into French (minimum 35 words) - 10 marks
  • Question 4 -structured writing task (student responds to four compulsory detailed bullet points, producing approximately 90 words in total) - there is a choice from two questions - 16 marks

Higher Tier

  • Question 1 -structured writing task (student responds to four compulsory detailed bullet points, producing approximately 90 words in total) - there is a choice from two questions - 16 marks
  • Question 2 -open-ended writing task (student responds to two compulsory detailed bullet points, producing approximately 150 words in total) - there is a choice from two questions - 32 marks
  • Question 3 -Translation from English into French (minimum 50 words) - 12 marks