French and German



Mrs C Davey, Head of Modern Foreign Languages

Mrs N Woollacott

Miss B Selenati

Miss H Read

Exam board: Edexcel

'A different language is a different vision of life’

Frederico Fellini

At South Molton Community College we believe that learning a language is a skill that stays with you for life. In this digital age, it has never been easier to learn a language and interact with others from across the world. Our goal is to motivate our students to use languages with confidence and enjoy communicating effectively with others. The skills that students acquire support learning across the curriculum and set our students above others applying for college, jobs and university.

Set yourself a real challenge- learn a language!

Key Stage 3

At KS3, students build a base to support language learning, including cultural and linguistic understanding. In year7, students study both French and German. We cover a variety of topics that enable students to express and understand information about themselves. This includes Self and Family, Hobbies and School.

In Year 8 and 9, students study their chosen language (French or German), opting to take a GCSE in a language in year 10. They encounter topics such as Leisure Time; Town and Local Area, Travel and Tourism, Healthy Lifestyles and Media.

Students are assessed termly in all four skills and supported to do their best.

Key Stage 4

At GCSE we follow the EDEXCEL specification as we believe this gives our students the best opportunity to succeed. Learning is split into five themes: Identity and Culture; Local area, holiday and travel; School; Future aspirations, study and work; International and global dimensions.

Students are supported with learning tools such as Quizlet, Active Learn and This is Language, providing the opportunity to extend their learning outside the classroom. All students are provided with tailored vocabulary lists and grammar training that covers the entire specification.

Assessment At GCSE

All four skills are examined and are a key focus in every lesson. Each skill is worth 25% of the final mark. Students are supported in the decision to take either Foundation or Higher tiers.

Listening (25%) and Reading (25%)

These examinations consist of multiple-choice, matching and sequencing questions with some questions in the target language. The reading paper contains a translation task of 35 – 50 words from the foreign language into English.

Speaking (25%)

Pupils will be assessed by the following tasks: a role play, a discussion based on a picture and an open conversation on two topics, one of which can be chosen by the pupil and includes a minute presentation.

Writing (25%)

Written tasks cover questions over the five themes. Pupils will be expected to complete two or three short writing tasks moving from sentences to a longer description of 90-150 words. There will also be a translation task of 35 – 50 words from English into the foreign language.