Head of Subject: Mrs J Warden
In an international or multicultural business environment, knowledge of foreign languages is a major advantage, as is an understanding of cross-cultural communication. Mayflower's French department aims to help students develop these valuable skills before they enter the global professional world.
We believe in using a communicative approach to teaching and learning by using the target language as much as possible. Grammar is taught progressively in order to lay a sound foundation for further language study. We aim to help every student achieve their full potential.
In teaching Modern Languages, we aim to broaden the students' understanding and tolerance of other cultures and ways of life, as well as to give students the skills and interest to communicate with people of other nationalities. Each student follows a prescribed scheme of work with regular assessment points.
The study of Modern Languages develops the linguistic skills that enable students to gain a better understanding of their own and other languages.
Key Stage 3
French is taught to students in Years 7 to 9 as we believe that students of all abilities can benefit from the study of a modern language. In Key Stage 3 students have a two week timetable and have three hours of French across the two weeks. The course book used is Studio, published by Heinemann. There is a workbook that is part of students’ essential equipment. This workbook mirrors the text book and provides independent reading and writing activities that are set as regular homework tasks. The workbook also provides printed vocabulary lists per unit in every module. This facilitates students’ acquisition of key vocabulary and promotes independence.
Key Stage 4
In Years 10 and 11, students who opt to continue their studies of French at Key Stage 4 are prepared for the GCSE examination. They are entered into a tiered GCSE with the Edexcel examination board.
Qualification : GCSE
Board : EDEXL/GCSE Level : GCSE/9FC
Code : 1FR0F Title : French Option F
In Key Stage 4 students have a two week timetable and have five hours of French across the two weeks. The course book used is Studio, published by Heinemann. A Grammar and Translation workbook is part of students’ essential equipment. This workbook mirrors the text book and provides independent activities for students to acquire the grammar skills necessary at GCSE level. These activities are set as regular homework tasks.