Modern Foreign Language


What will I learn?


  • Students learn the French language through a variety of activities devised to develop speaking, listening, reading and writing skills.
  • They learn how to apply the language in different situations of their everyday life. They also learn about the geography and culture of France.
  • In Year 7, pupils are introduced to the language and culture of the country, and topics include meeting people, family and friends, home life, in town, daily routine and leisure activities.
  • In Year 8, topics include food and drink, jobs, activities in the past tense and clothes.
  • In Year 9, topics include personal interests, holidays, future plans, health and fitness, descriptions, booking hotels and current affairs.


  • Students build on their learning in Key Stage 3 to develop their skills to GCSE standard. They learn to communicate effectively in a range of different real-life situations and they are able to talk about themselves and their interests.

How will I be assessed?


  • Levels of attainment are assessed with a test at the end of each unit.


  • Students are assessed with four practice GCSE exams throughout the course.The final assessment consists of examinations in listening, reading, speaking and writing.

Are there any learning opportunities beyond the classroom?

There is an organised trip to France for students in Year 10/11.

Do I need any special equipment to study this subject?

A French and English bilingual dictionary is essential.

Mrs J. Alexis, Head of Modern Foreign Languages
If you wish to contact me, my email address is

How to memorise and retain information when learning a foreign language

Useful Links

Internet Sites for GCSE Students