In Years 10 and 11, should you opt for the subject, you will have 2 double periods per week. The work will build upon the skills and knowledge which you have developed in Key Stage 3. There will be a focus too on the countries in which the language is spoken. The GCSE specification is new for first examination in June 2018.
Why Choose This Subject At GCSE?
German and French are important languages within the EU. German and French companies are located in most EU countries, including Britain. Many companies need English speakers who offer a foreign language.
A language is an especially useful addition to another subject area. It will set you apart from many other young people when it comes to university entrance or to applying for a job. This is particularly the case nowadays if you can secure an A grade (ask on Options Evening what your prospects are).
The courses are good fun and offer you the opportunity to express yourself creatively. They will also challenge you academically if that aspect of learning appeals to you. Foreign languages develop thinking skills, attention to detail and communication skills.
There is also the opportunity to travel abroad with school during the course. There will always be the opportunity for you to use your language(s) throughout your life. One regret of many adults is that they didn’t pursue a language!
Summary of the Course
The course maintains a focus on all 4 skills (speaking, listening, reading and writing). Several topics form the background to these skills with examples often taken from countries where the language(s) is spoken. A new element is the skill of translating which features prominently. You will sometimes work with the Foreign Language Assistant, a native speaker.
How is This Subject Assessed?
All exams will be in the June of Year 11. The speaking test will be a few weeks earlier and will be conducted by your teacher. Equal weighting (25%) is given to each paper.
Paper 1: Listening
45 minutes – 50 marks
Paper 2: Speaking
12 minutes – 60 marks
Paper 3: Reading
60 minutes – 60 marks (includes translation question)
Paper 4: Writing
75 minutes – 60 marks (includes translation question)
GCSE GERMAN 8668
GCSE FRENCH 8658