SYLLABUS: Modern Languages - GCSE French/German/Spanish - AQA
At Brookfield, our objective is to enable students of all abilities to develop their foreign language skills to their full potential, equipping them with the knowledge to communicate in a variety of contexts with confidence. We are passionate about the benefits that learning a language can bring and as such we strongly believe in languages as a skill for life and something students should enjoy and find rewarding.
This is why, in every lesson, students will be expanding their cultural knowledge whilst developing their language skills in a variety of contexts to build a solid base of vocabulary and grammar structures. This is aimed at supporting them to deal with everyday life in the countries where the language is spoken and/or communicating with visitors from these countries.
Although all four GCSE exams are at the end of the course, in May of Year 11, every student will be formally assessed on a termly basis in the four skills of Speaking, Writing, Listening and Reading. These assessments will be carried out at the end of each topic and will allow the students to experience what the “real” GCSE exams are like and will allow them and their teachers to know what their strengths and weaknesses are so that they can design together a thorough revision and intervention plan.
There may be opportunities for study trips to France, Spain and Germany for students, however we are unable to confirm at this time.
Speaking 25%, Writing 25%, Listening 25% & Reading 25%
Topics for Study
Theme 1 Identity & Culture
- Me, my family, friends & my relationships
- Technology in everyday life (mobile/ social media)
- Free Time activities (sport, tv/cinema/music/eating out)
- Customs & festivals in French speaking countries
Theme 2 Local, National, International and Global Areas of Interest
- Home town, neighbourhood, region
- Social issues (charity & voluntary work, healthy & unhealthy living)
- Global issues (environment, poverty)
- Travel & tourism
Theme 3 Current and Future Study and Employment
- My studies (life at school/college)
- Education post 16
- Career choice & ambitions
Essential resources and equipment
- Pencil case including a purple, green, red and blue pens, a set of highlighters (3-4 different colours) and a glue stick
- A4 Exercise book
- Brookfield MFL Revision Book – free of charge, although a 2nd copy would need to be purchased (about £3), should the booklet be lost or damaged by the student.
- **GCSE Reading and Listening practice workbook (issued in September of year 10)
- **GCSE Writing and Grammar practise workbook (issued in September of Year 10)
** The combined subsidised cost of these items is about £8 for the two years. Please speak to Mrs Wyatt or Mrs Kent if you are unable to meet this cost.
- Bilingual dictionary – preferably containing a grammar section.
- Students will be set weekly homework which should last approximately 1 hour every week. The homework will be a combination of writing paragraphs, listening and reading for comprehension, preparing oral presentations, research aspects of the foreign culture and grammar revision and practise.
- Vocabulary learning (approximately 20 to 30 words) will also be set every fortnight and will be tested in class to make sure students are keeping on top of their learning to allow them access to the highest grades in all four exams.
Careers and Further Educational Opportunities
Contrary to popular belief, languages do not limit students to careers in translating, interpreting, education or tourism industries. There are many sectors where the ability to speak a language is highly regarded:
- Finance: banks, insurance companies and accountancy firms operate internationally.
- Food and Drink: sourcing products from around the world and negotiating with suppliers.
- Law: many of the commercial firms in London have offices in other European capitals.
- Sales and Marketing: British companies need to export their products.
- International Companies and Organisations such as UN, EU, Greenpeace, Doctors without Borders, Heineken Int., Coca-Cola Enterprise and the Diplomatic Service are all keen to employ graduates with knowledge of languages.
- In November 2014 the British Army announced plans to make the knowledge of a language compulsory in order to progress.
- And of course, receiving a good grade at GCSE MFL is an absolute USP for all colleges and universities applications. Most Russell Group Universities now insist on students having a GCSE in a foreign language as it says so much about the resilience, open mindedness and calibre of the candidates, as well as making them a lot more employable in the future.
PLEASE NOTE: Students who have not learnt German/Spanish in Year 9 will need prior consultation and parental meeting with the Learning Leader before they are allowed to join a GCSE class in that language.