GCSE Modern Foreign Languages: French, Spanish and German

EDEXCEL: FRENCH, SPANISH AND GERMAN                                                                                                                              CORE SUBJECT

INTRODUCTION

By the end of Year 9, most students have been studying French, Spanish and German (for some) for three or more years. All current Year 9 students will be required to take at least one Modern Foreign Language to IGCSE level from French, Spanish and German or a combination of the three. The more languages a student is able to speak, the more prepared s/he is for their future prosperity and global standing.                           

However, the choice must be based on existing performance and a realistic view of future potential, a decision best reached in close consultation with the French, Spanish and German teachers concerned. All students in Year 9 will be assessed in three skills. This should give students a strong indication regarding their ability and an opportunity to compare their language skills.

COURSE CONTENT FOR EDEXCEL IGCSE COURSE

Unit

Assessment

Duration

Weighting

1

Paper 1: Listening
(Externally assessed)

50 marks

45 minutes

25%

2

Paper 2: Reading and Writing

(Externally assessed)

60 marks

90 minutes

50%

3

Paper 3: Speaking
(Externally assessed)

40 marks

Maximum of 10 minutes

25%

TOPICS AND GRAMMAR

  • Home and abroad
  • Education and employment
  • House, home and daily routines
  • The modern world and the enviroment
  • Social activites, fitness and health.
  • Present tense
  • Past tense
  • Future tense
  • Near future tense
  • Conditional tense
  • Present perfect tense

TRIPS

Years 9 and 10 will have the opportunity to visit France following their exchange programme with a school from Montpellier and Zaragoza with the Spanish exchange. This is a great chance for the students to forge a
continuous link with a foreign student and to enhance their potential for their examination. Years 9 to 11 visit the Institutes and Cinemas of the respective languages.

BEYOND GCSE

In an increasingly globalised world, the ability to demonstrate competence in a foreign language is a valuable asset. The Department offers French, Spanish and German at A level, and many degree courses across a spectrum of subjects may include one or more foreign languages. Some universities will even request a language GCSE as an entrance requirement for some courses (e.g. UCL).