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A majority of people on the planet speak at least two languages fluently. The needs of globalisation and cultural openness continue to underline the increasing importance of acquiring additional languages.

Twynham students of French join a francophone community of over 300 million speakers worldwide and are able to access opportunities unavailable to those without foreign language skills.

Beyond the proven economic advantage foreign language competence brings, research suggests multilingual brains also demonstrate increased executive function and may afford additional resistance to forms of dementia.

Naturally, the joy of being able to access the culture and colour of other nations is not least among the reasons for the study of French!


Curriculum Information

French Curriculum KS3 and KS4

Key Stage 4 Options Information

Exam board: AQA
Qualification: GCSE in French
Specification: AQA GCSE French


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. Papers are taken at the end of the course in Year 11. The four skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing are each worth 25% of the exam.

Paper 1 - Listening (Written Exam of 35 or 45 minutes)

Understanding and responding to spoken extracts comprising the defined vocabulary and grammar for each tier 
Dictation of short, spoken extracts

Paper 2 - Speaking (Non-Examined Assessment)

Speaking using clear and comprehensible language to undertake a role-play
Carry out a reading aloud task
Talk about visual stimuli

Paper 3 - Reading (Written Exam of 45 or 60 minutes)

Understanding and responding to written texts which focus predominantly on the vocabulary and grammar at each tier
Inferring plausible meanings of single words when they are embedded in written sentences
Translating from French into English

Paper 4 - Writing (Written Exam of 60 or 75 minutes)

Writing text in the language in a lexically and grammatically accurate way in response to simple and familiar stimuli 
Translating from English into French

Who is the course for?

This course is for anyone who has already studied French in Year 9 and would like to be able to speak and understand a foreign language better. Students who speak a second (or third) language are greatly valued and sought after by employers. Many students know that most of the world’s population speak at least two languages and to compete for jobs (whatever you do!) in the future another language is a vital asset.

GCSE French adds an international dimension to your choice of GCSE subjects, something both employers and higher education providers look for.

What will I do on the course?

GCSE French builds on what you have learnt Key Stage 3, though you will meet new topics and learn more about the cultures and countries in which French is spoken.

You will learn many skills which are useful in a wide range of future careers, such as the ability to communicate clearly, problem solve as well as creating greater opportunities to work abroad or for companies in the UK with international links.

You will practise listening, speaking, reading and writing and will be helped to understand French in common situations you might meet in France or a French speaking country.

You will gain independence in how to use French to communicate your own ideas clearly and accurately with good pronunciation and by the end of the course will be able to communicate effectively over a broad range of topics.

Students study all of the following themes:

Theme 1: People and lifestyle
Theme 2: Popular culture
Theme 3: Communication and the world around us

Key Stage 3

Year 7

In Year 7 students recap and extend elements of French they may have studied in Key Stage 2, although the previous study of French is not a requirement. Students are taught the pronunciation of the key sounds straight away to build confidence quickly. Students are taught through individual, small group and whole class teaching using the latest resources available. An emphasis is placed on acquiring a sound understanding of the grammatical rules which then allow students to use the languages creatively for their own purposes. A range of online resources is used to help students to gain a wide vocabulary quickly and confidently and to practise at home what has been introduced in class. Students will cover the following topic areas:




Phonics, greetings, school items.

Phonics, family, personalities, personal descriptions.

School subjects, 12 hour clock, describing school day

Activities on computer / mobile, sports with jouer, activities with faire, (dis)likes

Places in town, opinions, present tense, activities in town

Countries, holiday plans, future aspirations


Year 8

In Year 8 students gain an ability to use tenses and extend spoken and written responses to include additional detail and opinion. The range of topics is widened and includes real life contexts relevant to students such as the use of social networks. As in Year 7, end-of-term assessments enable students to track and review their progress effectively.




Media: TV, film, actors, books, activities on the computer / internet

Activities in town, landmarks, likes, town visits, opinions in the past

Personality, talking about friends, music + opinions, clothes + style

Last weekend, where you live, rooms of the house, special events

Talents and ambitions, encouraging and persuading, modal verbs pouvoir, devoir

Imperatives, superlatives, infinitive structures, food


Year 9

In Year 9, students extend their grammatical grasp of the language and command of an extending range of contexts. They begin to make lengthier spoken presentations which demonstrate a greater command of the past, present and future tenses with increased flexibility of expression.




Physical descriptions, Facebook,  direct object pronouns, invitations, past tense

Body parts, sport, healthy eating, getting fit, past and future tenses

Describing jobs, imperfect tense, discussing future and imperfect, talking about jobs

Holidays, questions with inversion, , conditional tense, tourist attrations, emphatic pronouns

Obligation and permission,  discussing what is important, buying things, what makes us happy

GCSE unit: Clothes;  project work