International GCSE FRENCH

Why Study GCSE French?

This syllabus is designed for students who are learning French as a foreign language. The aim is to develop an ability to use the language effectively for practical communication. The course is based on the linked language skills of listening, reading, speaking and writing, and these are built on as learners progress through their studies.

The syllabus also aims to offer insights into the culture of countries where French is spoken, thus encouraging positive attitudes towards language learning and towards speakers of other languages

Syllabus content at a glance

The syllabus content is organised around five broad Topic areas which provide contexts for the acquisition of vocabulary and the study of grammar and structures. Through the study of these Topic areas, candidates gain insight into target language countries and communities.

The Topic areas are:

  • Everyday activities
  • Personal and social life
  • The world around us
  • The world of work
  • The international world.

Course Aims (Also known as OUTCOMES)

The aims of the syllabus outline the educational purposes of a course in a foreign language for the GCSE examination. They are not listed in order of priority. This syllabus aims to:

  • develop the ability to communicate effectively using the target language
  • offer insights into the culture and society of countries where the language is spoken
  • develop awareness of the nature of language and language learning
  • encourage positive attitudes towards speakers of other languages and a sympathetic approach to other cultures and civilisations
  • provide enjoyment and intellectual stimulation
  • develop transferable skills (e.g. analysis, memorising, drawing of inferences) to complement other areas of the curriculum
  • form a sound base of the skills, language and attitudes required for progression to work or further study, either in the target language or another subject area.

How Are Candidates Assessed?

All candidates take four papers. All candidates take: 

Paper 1 Listening (45 minutes): Candidates listen to a number of recordings and answer questions testing comprehension

Paper 2 Reading (1 hour) : Candidates read a number of texts and answer questions testing comprehension 

Paper 3 Speaking (15 minutes):  Candidates complete two role plays, a topic presentation/conversation and a general conversation

Paper 4 Writing (1 hour ): Candidates respond in French to three tasks

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