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MFL – French

Subject: French


Learning a foreign language is a liberation from insularity and provides an opening to other cultures. A high-quality languages education should foster pupils’ curiosity and deepen their understanding of the world. The teaching should enable pupils to express their ideas and thoughts in another language and to understand and respond to its speakers, both in speech and in writing. It should also provide opportunities for them to communicate for practical purposes, learn new ways of thinking and read great literature in the original language. Language teaching should provide the foundation for learning further languages, equipping pupils to study and work in other countries.

Languages aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • understand and respond to spoken and written language from a variety of authentic sources
  • speak with increasing confidence, fluency and spontaneity, finding ways of communicating what they want to say, including through discussion and asking questions, and continually improving the accuracy of their pronunciation and intonation
  • can write at varying length, for different purposes and audiences, using the variety of grammatical structures that they have learnt
  • discover and develop an appreciation of a range of writing in the language studied

Key Stage 3 Overview

This course introduces students to French language at beginner level and takes them through to GCSE. The course will motivate students with a variety of activities responding to the individual needs of each pupil.

Year 7





  • French pronunciation and alphabet
  • Numbers
  • Talking about likes and dislikes
  • Talking about equipment
  • Describing yourself
  • Talking about other people
  • Learning about Christmas in French speaking countries
  • Talking about school subjects
  • Giving opinions and reasons
  • Describing your timetable
  • Describing your school day
  • Talking about food
  • Talking about computers and mobiles
  • Talking about what sports you play
  • Talking about free time activities
  • Saying what you like doing
  • ·Describing what other people do

Year 8





  • Talking about your town
  • Giving directions
  • Talking about where you go
  • Saying what you can do in town
  • Describing your home
  • Talking about meals
  • Discussing what food to buy
  • Talking about personality
  • Talking about relationships
  • Talking about music
  • Talking about clothes
  • Talking about last weekend
  • Talking about your holidays
  • Buying drinks and snacks
  • Talking about holiday plans
  • Saying what you can do in Paris
  • Asking for tourist information
  • Saying what you visited and what it was like

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Key Stage 4 Overview

This course will enable our students of all abilities to develop their French language skills to their full potential, equipping them with the knowledge to communicate in a variety of contexts with confidence. Learning a language is a skill for life and something students should find rewarding.  Studying a language will give a student the possibility to obtain the English Baccalaureate (EBacc), thus enhancing their prospects to enter further education or employment.

The course will focus on the following topics:

Theme 1: Identity and culture

Theme2: Local, national, international and global areas of interest

Theme3: Current and future study and employment.

Exam Board


Qualification type



The qualification is linear so students will sit all their exams at the end of the course.

25% of GCSE Listening examination

What’s assessed: Understanding and responding to different types of spoken language

Foundation: 35 minutes approximately

Higher: 45 minutes approximately

25% of GCSE Speaking examination with class teacher

What’s assessed: Communicating and interacting effectively in speech for a variety of purposes

Foundation: 7-9 minutes + preparation time

Higher: 10-12 minutes + preparation time

25% of GCSE Reading examination

What’s assessed: Understanding and responding to different types of written language

Foundation: 45 minutes

Higher: 1 hour

25% of GCSE Writing examination

What’s assessed: Communication effectively in writing for a variety of purposes

Foundation- 1 hour

Higher- 1 hour 15 minutes

Year 9





  • Talking about friend
  • Describing family relationships
  • Talking about free time activities
  • Talking about TV programmes and films
  • Talking about sports
  • Talking about social networks
  • Giving opinions about online messaging
  • Talking about the advantages and disadvantages of social media
  • Giving opinions about mobile technology
  • Describing mealtimes
  • Talking about typical foods
  • Ordering in a restaurant
  • Learning about French customs
  • Talking about festivals in the French speaking world

Year 10







  • Talking about places in town
  • Describing the features of your region
  • Saying what your house is like
  • Advantages and disadvantages of living in a city
  • Talking about healthy and unhealthy lifestyles
  • Talking about charities and voluntary work
  • Talking about homelessness
  • Talking about protecting the environment
  • Understanding and discussing environmental problems
  • Talking about holiday accommodation
  • Talking about holiday activities

Year 11







  • Describing  school facilities
  • Giving opinions about school subjects
  • Talking about schools rules and uniform
  • Talking about the good and bad aspects of school
  • Talking about after school activities
  • Talking about work experience
  • Talking about the benefits of higher education
  • Talking about the ideal job
  • Vocabulary revision
  • Listening papers practice
  • Reading papers practice

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Recommended revision guide

CGP GCSE AQA French 9-1 - Complete Revision and Practice (with Online Edition)

French Reading Target Grade 5 and  French Reading Target Grade 9

FrenchWriting Target Grade 5 and French Writing Target Garde 9