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French is offered at the following levels

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S1 – S3 French

In S1 through to S3, all pupils follow a Broad General Education French course in which they learn to communicate, collaborate and build relationships, reflect on and explain literacy and thinking skills, engage with and create a wide range of texts in different media, develop their understanding of what is special, vibrant and valuable about their own and other cultures and languages, explore the richness and diversity of language,  and extend and enrich their vocabulary through listening, talking, watching and reading.. 

In S1 through to S3 the course contains level 2, level 3 and level 4 experiences and outcomes.

S1 French course contains the following topics:

  • La France (introduction to the geography of France)
  • Bienvenue (basic greetings, questions, numbers, colours, days and months)
  • Toi et Moi (talking about yourself, your family and others)
  • Notre Dame de Paris (French film based on Victor Hugo’s novel)
  • Au Collège (talking about school in terms of subjects, timetable, opinions)

S2 French course contains the following topics:

  • Chez Moi (talking about where you live)
  • Loisirs (discussing hobbies and free time)
  • A Table (learning about food, ordering in a café, healthy eating, French foods)
  • Ratatouille (French animation exploring all the vocabulary acquired in the previous topic)
  • Visite en France (learning more about holidays and France’s culture and geography)
  • Une semaine à Paris (project on the city of Paris, looking at its culture, transport and people)
  • Les gens comme nous (studying famous French people in the areas of sport and cinema)

S3 French course contains the following topics:

  • Etudes (discussing opinions about school, rules, and timetables as well as future plans)
  • Les Choristes (award-winning French film about a school in the 1940s, follow-up activities comparing a French 1940s school with Whitburn Academy)
  • En Ville (describing what a town has and is like as well as comparing town and countryside)
  • Eco (researching ecology –related questions and looking at renewable and non-renewable energies, water consumption, etc. on a global and personal level)
  • Temps Libre (talking about what you do in your free time, making arrangements, discussing likes and dislikes)

Each topic is assessed using a wide range of strategies including:

  • Presentations/Talks/Conversations
  • Posters/Writings
  • Listening and reading exercises

S1-S3 Homework outline

  • All pupils should spend 15 minutes twice a week learning new vocabulary from the sheets provided for every unit. Replacement sheets can be downloaded from the school web-site.
  • In addition, there will be a mixture of formal and informal tasks set approx. every 2 weeks. These will include :
  1. Written worksheets
  2. Research
  3. Practice in writing.
  4. Preparation for assessments
  5. Activities available through Linguascope online.

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National 4 French

The course has three mandatory units:.

  • Understanding Language (Reading and Listening)
  • Using Language (Writing and Talking)
  • Added Value Unit

Unit assessments, including the Added Value Unit assessment, are marked internally by the teacher/lecturer. To achieve the qualification, learners need to pass all Units plus the Added Value Unit assessment.

National 4 qualifications are not graded, but will be assessed as pass or fail.

Topics covered are the following:

  • L’avenir (making plans for the future)
  • Les Droits des Jeunes (young people’s rights in Europe)
  • Le Travail (talking about qualifications, applying for jobs, writing CVs)
  • Les Vacances (talking about past holidays and making arrangements such as booking hotels)
  • Poésie (poetry looking specifically at Jacques Prévert’s works)
  • Au Revoir Les Enfants (award-winning French film focussing on children during WWII, media analysis and writing about the film’s themes and characters)
  • Congo (project on the country of Congo and its culture and language)

Homework

  • All pupils should spend 15 minutes 3-4 times a week learning new vocabulary from the booklet provided.
  • In addition, there will be a mixture of tasks set weekly. These will include :
  1. Regular grammar practice
  2. Reading passages with questions
  3. Practice in writing job applications
  4. Preparation for UASPs
  5. Preparation for Talking assessments
  6. Listening /reading /grammar activities available through Scholar online.

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National 5 French 

The course has two mandatory units:

  • Understanding Language (Reading and Listening)
  • Using Language (Writing and Talking)

National 5 Courses are made up of Units and a Course assessment.

To achieve the qualification, learners need to pass all Units plus the Course assessment. The Course assessment will consist of a question paper (exam) in Reading, Listening and Writing and coursework (more Reading, Listening, Writing as well as Talking).

Unit assessments are marked internally by the teacher but course assessments will be marked externally by the SQA. Courses at National 5 will be graded A to D or no award.

The topics are the same as for National 4.

Homework

  • All pupils should spend 15 minutes 3-4 times a week learning new vocabulary from the booklet provided.
  • In addition, there will be a mixture of tasks set weekly. These will include :
  1. Regular grammar practice
  2. Reading passages with questions
  3. Practice in writing job applications
  4. Preparation for UASPs
  5. Preparation for Talking assessments
  6. Listening /reading /grammar activities available through Scholar online.

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Higher French

The Higher french course gives learners the opportunity of reaching a stage where the language is used independently in confident and flexible ways. The course develops communicative competence to a level of some sophistication in a range of situations.

Learners focus on developing their competence in using French in a number of contexts. They may also focus on extended reading and possibly viewing, or on the productive, interactive or mediating uses of French which might be required in work-related contexts. The course offers a wider understanding of how French works.

The following units are studied:

  • Language in Work
  • Wider World
  • Lifestyles
  • Education

This is achieved through the following topics:

  • Family and Friendship (talking about relationships with family and friends)
  • Home area (talking about where you live and your opinion of it)
  • Leisure interests (talking about what you do in your spare time and why)
  • Education (talking about achievements in school and opinions of subjects, school policies etc)
  • Health Issues (talking about health-related topics such as drugs, alcohol, junk food, exercise)
  • Tourism (being able to talk about as well as book accommodation and talk about places of interest)

Higher Courses are made up of Units and a Course assessment.

To achieve the qualification, learners need to pass all Units plus the Course assessment. The Course assessment will consist of a question paper (exam) in Reading, Listening and Writing, a Talking exam and coursework (in Reading, Listening, Writing and Talking).

All Unit assessments will be marked intermally but the Course assessments will be marked externally by SQA. Courses at Higher will be graded A to D or no award.

Homework

  • All pupils should spend 15 minutes 4-5 times a week learning new vocabulary.
  • In addition, there will be a mixture of tasks set weekly. These will include :

1. Regular grammar practice

2. Reading passages with questions

3. Practice in directed writing and personal response essays

4. Preparation for UASPs

5. Preparation for Talking assessments

                 6. Listening /reading /grammar activities available through Scholar online.

                 7. AH: Preparation for Specialist Study and Portfolio.

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