Porthcawl Comprehensive School / Ysgol Gyfun Porthcawl

Modern Foreign Languages

Mrs J Brown (Head of Department and Head of the Faculty of Languages)

Modern Foreign Languages consists of French and German.

Reading Material relating to Modern Foreign Languages

Key Stage 3

French – Year 7

Term 1

  • Introductions/Greetings/Alphabet/Numbers/Phonics/Numbers 0-20/Age/School subjects/Opinions
  • Use of un/une and le/la/l’/les (masculine & feminine)/ use of infinitives

Term 2

  • Family and animals/Descriptions and characteristics /”avoir” & “être” and present tense

Term 3

  • Hobbies/Sports/Opinions/Time phrases/Present tense and other grammar items

French – Year 8

Term 1

  • Continue food
  • Time 12 & 24 hour/ Places in town/Asking the way and directions/Expressing opinions/Morning routine
  • Il y a _ there is/Où est? & Pour aller?/Quelle heure est-il..../Je me lève etc. (Reflexive verbs)
  • Je vais + Je suis

Term 2

  • School routine and subjects/Opinions/Activities – music & sports
  • Je vais and Je fais and other activity linked verbs/ jouer à & jouer de/ Present tense & infinitives/Numbers

Term 3

  • (Revision/exams.)/Activities – likes & dislikes/Holidays & plan
  • On peut & infinitive/aller & infinitive (Future)/Weather

Ways in which parents can help

  1. By checking homework has been completed.
  2. By assisting with vocabulary learning/testing before assessments.
  3. By checking pupil's book is up to date after absence/copying up completed.

Useful websites

  1. www.zut.org.uk (click on the 'zut' link for French exercises - free to use after 4pm on weekdays and at the weekend).
  2. www.ItScotland.org.uk/c4modernlanguages/index.asp (Click on the link for Chez Mimi).
  3. School Student Resource Centre.

Useful books/magazines/publications

  1. Mini dictionary
  2. Beginners' reading books (available in A block library)
  3. Beginners' magazines (available in A block library)

French – Year 9

Term 1

  • Hobbies - Past tense/Holidays in the past tense/T.V. programmes- types and past tense/Cinema

Term 2

  • Shopping/Food & clothes/Chores/Pocket money/Health & unhealthy lifestyles

Term 3

  • Holidays/Weather/Tenses/The French speaking world

Ways in which parents can help:

  1. By checking homework has been completed.
  2. By assisting with vocabulary learning/testing before assessments.
  3. By checking pupil’s book is up to date after absence/copying up completed.

Useful websites:

  1. www.zut.org.uk (click on the ‘zut’ link for French exercises – free to use after 4pm on weekdays and at the weekend).
  2. www.ItScotland.org.uk/c4modernlanguages/index.asp (Click on the link for Chez Mimi).

Useful books/magazines/publications:

  1. Mini dictionary
  2. Beginners’ reading books (available in A block library)
  3. Beginners’ magazines (available in A block library)

German – Year 7

Term 1

  • Name, greetings, age, family, numbers 0-100, alphabet and phonics, months and birthdays, descriptions, characteristics.
  • Grammar including: words for 'the' and 'a', gender of words, the use of capital letters for all nouns.
  • Grammatical terminology.
  • The verbs 'to have' and 'to be'

Term 2

  • Sports, hobbies, my favourite things, opinions, time phrases, present tense and other grammar items.

Term 3

  • Area, house and home, rooms in the house, activities in the house, regular and irregular verbs, prepositions and extended writing.

German – Year 8

Term 1

  • School subjects/Opinions/Daily routine/School uniform/Ideal school/Recap of present tense/ Conditional tense.

Term 2

  • Countries/Area/Describing where you live/Transport/German speaking areas.

Term 3

  • Countries/Accommodation/Holidays/weather/Holiday activities/Recap of present, future and conditional tenses/ Past tense.

German – Year 9

Term 1

  • Holiday recap
  • The German speaking world
  • Planning a trip to Germany

Term 2

  • Hobbies
  • T.V. and cinema
  • Pocket money
  • Shopping
  • Eating out

Term 3

  • Health and unhealthy living
  • Body parts & illnesses
  • Regional foods
  • Holidays

Ways in which parents can help

  1. Assist pupils with learning new vocabulary and revision for assessments.
  2. Ensuring that all homework tasks are completed.
  3. Ensuring that work is copied up after an absence.

Useful Websites

  1. ZUT (click on the 'gut' link for German exercises - free to use after 4pm on weekdays and at the weekend).
  2. IT Scotland (Click on the link for Hennings Haus).
  3. Hwb

Useful Books/Magazines/Publications

  1. A small pocket dictionary (any make/brand) - these are much more useful than on-line translation websites.
  2. Beginner reading books and current magazines are available in the School Library.

Key Stage 4

French GCSE and German GCSE

What are the courses about?

The structure of the French and German GCSE modern language courses is the same.

These two year courses cover various theme areas which build on topics already covered in Key Stage 3 e.g. school, home, food etc. These theme areas deal with practical communication in the foreign language and also cover a number of topical issues.

The two skills of Speaking and Writing are worth 30% each. Listening and Reading are worth 20% each.

There are 2 tiers of examination - Higher (covering grades A*-E) and Foundation (covering grades C-G). The appropriate tier of examination in each skill will be decided in Year 11.

If I do languages, what else goes with them?

A modern language nowadays can be combined with almost any subject, both at school and at university level. Previous 'unlikely' combinations in Higher Education, such as Physics & French, Chemistry & German, are relatively common.

What good is a foreign language?

Language specific careers exist, e.g. interpreter, translator etc., but the ability to speak or write one or more foreign languages is a useful skill for almost any career - from lorry driver to international executive. Just think how many foreign-owned firms there are in South Wales!

Key Stage 5

French

At both AS & A level pupils will develop the four language skills (Speaking, Listening, Reading and Writing) and also consolidate and build upon their knowledge of grammar and apply it correctly. This will be undertaken through the study of a number of topics.

The topics for AS level are:-

Area of Study (I) Social Issues and Trends

Theme 1: (AS) Being a young person in French-speaking society

  • Family structures, traditional and modern values, friendships/relationships
  • Youth trends, issues and personal identity
  • Educational and employment opportunities
Area of Study (II) Political, Intellectual & Artistic Culture

Theme 2: (AS) Understanding the French-speaking world

  • Regional culture and heritage in France, French-speaking countries and communities
  • Literature, art, film and music in the French-speaking world
Area of Study (I) Social Issues and Trends

Theme 3: (A Level) Diversity and Difference

  • Migration and integration
  • Cultural identity and marginalisation
  • Cultural enrichment and celebrating difference
  • Discrimination and diversity
Area of Study (II) Political, Intellectual & Artistic Culture

Theme 4: (A Level) France 1940-1950: The Occupation and the post-war years

  • From June 1940 (occupation, liberation and end of World War ll)
  • Life in Occupied France and the cultural dimension, (théâtre, cinéma, litérature)
  • 1945-50: rebuilding and reconstructing
  • Repercussions for modern day France
Summary of Assessments

AS French (2 units)

  • Unit 1 - 12% Speaking
  • Unit 2 - 28% Listening Reading Translation Writing
40% of A Level French.

A2 French (the above + 3 units)

  • Unit 3 - 18% Speaking
  • Unit 4 - 30% Listening Reading Translation.
  • Unit 5 - 12% Writing

60% of A Level French.

Entry Requirements:

Pupils are expected to achieve at least a grade C at GCSE French to undertake the AS course.

Progression:

The study of French can be combined with almost any subject at university level, and knowledge of a foreign language can make you more employable - there are over 500 foreign owned companies in Wales.

German

At both AS & A Level pupils will develop the four language skills (Speaking, Listening, Reading and Writing) and also consolidate and build upon their knowledge of grammar and apply it correctly. This will be undertaken through the study of a number of topics.

Area of Study (I) Social Issues and Trends

Theme 1: (AS) Being a young person in German-speaking society

  • Family structures, traditional and modern values, friendships/relationships
  • Youth trends, issues and personal identity
  • Educational and employment opportunities
Area of Interest (II) Political, Intellectual & Artistic Culture

Theme 2: (AS) Understanding the German-speaking world

  • Regional culture and heritage in Germany, German-speaking countries and communities
  • Literature, art, film and music in the German-speaking world
Area of Interest (I) Social Issues and Trends

Theme 3: (A Level) Diversity and difference

  • Migration and integration
  • Cultural identity and marginalisation
  • Cultural enrichment and celebrating difference
  • Discrimination and diversity
Area of Interest (II) Political, Intellectual & Artistic Culture

Theme 4:The Making of Modern Germany: 1989 onwards

  • Initial and subsequent process of reunification
  • Social Cohesion in present-day Germany
  • Artistic and political movements
  • Economic impact of a united Germany
  • Summary of Assessments

AS German (2 units)

  • Unit 1 - 12% Speaking
  • Unit 2 -28% Listening Reading Translation Writing

40% of A Level German

A2 German (the above + 3 units)

  • Unit 3 - 18% Speaking
  • Unit 4 - 30% Listening Reading Translation
  • Unit 5 - 12% Writing

60% of A Level German

Entry Requirements:

Pupils are expected to achieve at least a Grade C at GCSE German to undertake the AS course.

Progression:

The study of German can be combined with almost any subject at university level, and knowledge of a foreign language can make you more employable - there are over 500 foreign owned companies in Wales.

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