At QEHS, we believe that learning French encourages students to develop lifelong skills, including:

• the ability to use a foreign language as a means of practical communication
• insight into the culture and civilisation of countries where the language is spoken
• a positive attitude towards language learning, towards the speakers of other languages, and towards other cultures and civilisations
• techniques which can be applied to other areas of learning, such as analysis and memory skills
• a sound foundation for progression to employment or further study.

At Key Stage 3, students learn how to provide information and opinions about their own lifestyle and that of other people, including people in countries/communities where French is spoken, as well as establishing core skills so that they are ready for Key Stage 4 study.

GCSE French

Following a course in GCSE French should encourage students to derive enjoyment and benefit from language learning, and be inspired, moved and changed by following a broad, coherent, satisfying and worthwhile course of study. Learners should recognise that their linguistic knowledge, understanding and skills help them to take their place in a multilingual global society and also provide them with a suitable basis for further study and practical use of the language. The GCSE French specification should prepare learners to make informed decisions about further learning opportunities and career choices.

The GCSE specification in French will enable learners to:

• develop understanding of the language in a variety of contexts
• develop knowledge of the language and language learning skills
• develop the ability to communicate effectively in the language
• develop awareness and understanding of countries and communities where the language is spoken.

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