Modern Foreign Languages in Key Stage 4

Through the study of Modern Foreign Languages pupils understand and appreciate different cultures and communities.

During Key Stage 4 pupils continue to study the areas studied in Key Stage 3, but in greater depth. In addition to this they also study:

The World of Work
  • Further education & training
  • Careers and employment
  • Language & communication in the Workplace
  The International World
  • Tourism at home and abroad
  • Life in other countries
  • World events & issues

As they study these areas students should:

  • Acquire knowledge (vocabulary and grammar)
  • Develop language skills (Understanding from gist and detail.)
  • Develop language – learning skills (How to memorize and use language.)

IGCSE Exam (French)

This qualification comprises three external assessments, Paper 1, Paper 2 and Paper 3.

In the final exam pupils sit papers in the following:

  • Paper 1: Listening and Understanding                                      25% of the full course
  • Paper 2: Reading and Understanding + Writing                       50% of the full course
  • Paper 3: Speaking                                                                  25% of the full course

Controlled assessment during the GCSE course:

  • Speaking              30% of the full course
  • Writing                 30% of the full course

GCSE (Urdu)

In the final exam pupils sit papers in the following:

  • Paper 1: Listening and Understanding                                      25% of the full course
  • Paper 2: Reading and Understanding                                       25% of the full course
  • Paper 3: Speaking                                                                  25% of the full course
  • Paper 4: Writing                                                                     25% of the full course

Those students opting for Urdu will sit their GCSE examination at the end of Year 10 and then, if they wish, be prepared to sit the AS level examination at the end of Year 11.

Themes and topics

Questions across all four language skills are set in common contexts, addressing a range of relevant contemporary and cultural themes. They are organised into five themes, each broken down into topics and sub-topics.

During Key Stage 4 Urdu pupils continue to study the areas studied in Key Stage 3, but in greater depth.

1. Identity and culture
2. Local area, holiday, travel
3. School
4. Future aspirations, study and work
5. International and global dimension

Theme 1: Identity and culture

  • Who am I?
  • Daily life
  • Cultural life

Theme 2: Local area, holiday and travel

  • Holidays
  • Travel and tourist transactions
  • Town, region and country

Theme 3: School

  • What school is like
  • School activities
  • Theme 4: Future aspirations, study and work
  • Using languages beyond the classroom
  • Ambitions
  • Work

Theme 5: International and global dimension

  • Bringing the world together
  • Environmental issues