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Modern Foreign Languages

GCSE Modern languages: French or Spanish

What will I learn on this course?

•You will develop your ability to use the language effectively in a variety of real life situations

•We will provide a suitable foundation for further study or practical use

•You will develop your knowledge and understanding of France or Spain

•We will provide enjoyment and intellectual stimulation.

How is the course structured?

•Theme 1: Identity and culture (Me, my family and friends; Technology in everyday life; Free-time activities; Customs and festivals)

•Theme 2: Local, national, international and global areas of interest (Home, town, region; Social issues; Charity/voluntary work; Healthy living; Global issues; Travel and tourism)

•Theme 3: Current and future study and employment (My studies; Life at school/college; Education post-16; Jobs, career choices and ambitions)

How will I study?

•The course is divided into the four key skill areas of listening, speaking, reading and writing – each skill area contributes 25% to the final GCSE grade. All skills are examined at the end of the course, with no controlled assessment .

How will I be assessed?

Paper 1 - Listening exam: 35 minutes (Foundation Tier), 45 minutes (Higher Tier). 40/50 marks

Paper 2 - Speaking exam. 7–9 minutes (Foundation Tier) 10–12 minutes (Higher Tier). 60 marks

Paper 3 - Written exam : 45 minutes (Foundation Tier), 1 hour (Higher Tier). 60 marks

Paper 4 - Written exam: 1 hour (Foundation Tier), 1 hour 15 minutes (Higher Tier). 50/60marks

Other information

A GCSE grade 5 in any of the languages offered on the curriculum at Birmingham Ormiston Academy (French or Spanish) is one of the qualifications required for the English Baccalaureate.