French (Cambridge IGCSE)
In Years 10 and 11 lessons will be spent practising the four language skills – speaking, listening, reading and writing. The course covers topics already familiar to you such as the family, leisure activities and holidays, as well as issues relating to healthy living, school life and careers. We will use a wide range of resources including DVDs and language software. You will receive one weekly conversation session in a small group with a native speaker, as part of your preparation for the oral test.
We shall be following the specifications of the Cambridge IGCSE and International Certificate. The assessment of the two year course consists of separate tests in each of the four language skills, taken at the end of Year 11. All four tests are equally weighted (25%).
Why Choose French?
France is a very popular holiday destination for the British due to its proximity to the UK and the Channel Tunnel. It is a beautiful country with a huge variety of scenery and you will find all types of holiday activities there. If you like travelling further afield you will discover many other countries around the world where French is spoken.
You may have learned French since primary school and therefore feel more at home with this language than the other languages on offer. By taking French further as one of your languages you will find it easy to pick up other Latin languages like Spanish, Italian and Portuguese at a later stage.
French is the official language of the 29 countries that make up the community of French speaking nations. In Europe alone, these include France, Belgium, Luxembourg, Monaco and Switzerland. Used either as a first or second language in a further 25 countries on five continents, it is – after English – the language with the widest geographical spread, giving students of French the opportunity to access an incredible range of different cultures and experiences. Some of the most fascinating and beautiful places on Earth, such as Canada, Tahiti, Madagascar and Morocco speak French.
French is one of the main languages of the United Nations, European Union and NATO. It is used by a large number of international bodies and multinational companies from relief organisations such as Médecins Sans Frontières (the famous ‘French Doctors’) to pharmaceuticals, engineering, tourism and the fashion industry. It opens the way for you to really play your part on the international stage!
During the course of your studies, you will have the opportunity to take part in a study trip abroad, to a country where this language is spoken.