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Modern Languages staff
Mrs H Tatham (Head of Team) htatham@conyers.org.uk Miss C Marshall cmarshall@conyers.org.uk
Mrs C Taylor ctaylor@conyers.org.uk Miss J Flores Martinez jfloresmartinez@conyers.org.uk
Mrs A Cook acook@conyers.org.uk Ms J Caffry jcaffry@conyers.org.uk
Mrs R Houchen rhouchen@conyers.org.uk
  • GCSE French
  • GCSE Spanish
  • A Level French
  • A Level German
  • Year 7 Assessment
  • Year 8 Assessment
  • Year 9 Assessment
  • Year 10 Assessment
  • Year 11 Assessment
  • Year 11 German Assessment

GCSE French

Introduction

GCSE French aims to ensure that students continue to enhance their language learning, growing in confidence in French and enjoying success. In today’s global world, knowledge of a modern foreign language will give students a significant competitive edge in the job market. In addition to being a gateway to more interesting jobs, knowledge of another language also helps with problem solving, analysing, communication, cross-curricular skills and tolerance. GCSE French is an exciting and interesting course which is compulsory for all students currently studying French in Year 9. Students already on the Fast Track course of study complete their GCSE in French at the end of Year 9, and their GCSE in German at the end of Year 11.

Skills

Students will continue to build upon the four key skill areas of Listening, Reading, Speaking and Writing, which will be put into context through interesting topics such as free time, technology, festivals, holidays, the world of work and social issues. In addition, students will also have the opportunity to develop important skills such as ICT, communication, group and pair work, citizenship, literacy and grammar.

Course structure

Students will use their knowledge from Key Stage 3 and build on this to learn about areas and issues that affect their age group, both in the UK and Francophone countries. Topics covered will include : Identity and culture Local, national, international and global areas of interest Current and future study and employment

Assessment

GCSE French has a Foundation Tier (grades 1–5) and a Higher Tier (grades 4–9). Students must take all four question papers at the same tier at the end of Year 11. Paper One: Listening 25% of GCSE Paper Two: Speaking 25% of GCSE Paper Three: Reading (including translation) 25% of GCSE Paper Four: Writing (including translation) 25% of GCSE

GCSE Spanish

Introduction

This year we are thrilled to be able to introduce GCSE Spanish as an optional subject, offering keen linguists the opportunity to gain a second foreign language GCSE. No prior knowledge of Spanish is required as students will develop their linguistic skills over two years to be able to communicate in the language and understand it to a high level. Spanish is the second most widely spoken language in the world with more people speaking Spanish as their first language than English. It is spoken in over 40 countries worldwide and in the USA nearly 15% of the population speak Spanish as their first language. Although challenging, this is an extremely interesting and rewarding course which opens up opportunities for students to communicate and work in the Spanish speaking world in the future. Learning about both Spanish and Latin American culture and society is fascinating and Latin America is now emerging as one of the global markets of the 21st century.

Skills

Students will begin by learning the basics in Spanish and build on these; focussing on listening, reading, speaking and writing skills, which will be put into context through interesting topics such as free time, technology, festivals, holidays, the world of work and social issues. In addition, students will also have the opportunity to enhance important skills such as ICT, communication, group and pair work, citizenship, literacy and grammar.

Course structure

Students will learn about areas and issues that affect their age group, both in the UK and Hispanic countries. Topics covered will include : Identity and culture Local, national, international and global areas of interest Current and future study and employment

Assessment

GCSE Spanish has a Foundation Tier (grades 1–5) and a Higher Tier (grades 4–9). Students must take all four question papers at the same tier at the end of Year 11. Paper One: Listening 25% of GCSE Paper Two: Speaking 25% of GCSE Paper Three: Reading (including translation) into English 25% of GCSE Paper Four: Writing (including translation) into Spanish 25% of GCSE

Exam Board: AQA

What is French?

Studying French at A level is not just about the qualification you achieve, but the vocational skill you develop along the way. Learning another language is challenging, but always fun, exciting and extremely interesting. When studying French at A level, you hone the key language skills of listening, reading, speaking and writing that you developed at GCSE, whilst expanding your vocabulary and knowledge of grammar to a more advanced level. You will learn to form arguments, write essays and communicate confidently in the spoken language, whilst engaging in relevant and current topics of study. French culture and society are explored, not only in the classroom, but during trips abroad. Students are always encouraged to further develop their knowledge of culture and language outside the classroom by completing independent study activities ranging from downloading listening material, watching French films and completing online activities. Studying French at A level is extremely rewarding and provides you with a skill that will stay with you for the rest of your life.

Why study it?

It is a myth to believe that the whole world speaks English. More and more job advertisements state that knowledge of at least one European language would be an advantage, and many jobs will involve working with European companies and travelling abroad. A command of French will open doors for you in careers as diverse as law and IT. Having the additional skill of a language when combined with another profession, industry or expertise, can really help you to progress in your chosen career. The social benefits of French are endless – holidays abroad, and having the ‘cool factor’ of being able to speak and understand another language. Languages are the perfect way to meet new people and immerse yourself in new cultures and make a difference to who you are. Studying French helps you to develop 4 key skills that are vital for any subject you study, and any job you go on to do; listening, reading, speaking and writing. Learning a language is extremely enjoyable and the topic areas covered are relevant, thought provoking and current. French is good for you! Speaking more than one language increases your brain capacity and improves your memory. It is an impressive achievement to speak a foreign language and one that friends and family will envy and employers will love!

The structure of the course

A level Course & Module Description

At A level a thorough revision of language and grammar takes place in the first term, before more advanced concepts are introduced. The topics of study are:

  • Social issues and trends – aspects of French speaking society, current trends and current issues
  • Artistic culture in the French speaking world
  • Aspects of political life in the French speaking world
  • Grammar
  • Literary texts and films

A level Course assessment

The A level is examined in the following way: Paper 1 – Listening, reading and writing: 2 hours 30 minutes 50% of A level grade 100 marks Paper 2 – Writing: 2 hours 20% of A level grade 90 marks Paper 3 – Speaking Test: 21-23 minutes including discussion of stimulus card (5 minutes preparation), presentation and conversation. 30% of A level grade 60 marks

What next?

Studying A Level French can be extremely valuable if you wish to pursue a career in the following;

  • Law
  • Journalism
  • The intelligence service
  • Interpreting and translation
  • Industry

If you have any further questions regarding A-level French, please feel free to contact us on the details as shown below.

Exam Board: AQA

What is German?

Studying German at A level is not just about the qualification you achieve, but the vocational skill you develop along the way. Learning another language is challenging, but always fun, exciting and extremely interesting. When studying German at A level, you hone the key language skills of listening, reading, speaking and writing that you developed at GCSE, whilst expanding your vocabulary and knowledge of grammar to a more advanced level. You will learn to form arguments, write essays and communicate confidently in the spoken language, whilst engaging in relevant and current topics of study. German culture and society are explored, not only in the classroom, but during trips abroad. Students are always encouraged to further develop their knowledge of culture and language outside the classroom by completing independent study activities ranging from downloading listening material, watching German films and completing online activities. Studying German at A level is extremely rewarding and provides you with a skill that will stay with you for the rest of your life.

Why study it?

It is a myth to believe that the whole world speaks English. More and more job advertisements state that knowledge of at least one European language would be an advantage, and many jobs will involve working with European companies and travelling abroad. A command of German will open doors for you in careers as diverse as law and IT. Having the additional skill of a language, when combined with another profession, industry or expertise, can really help you to progress in your chosen career. The social benefits of German are endless – holidays abroad, and having the ‘cool factor’ of being able to speak and understand another language. Languages are the perfect way to meet new people and immerse yourself in new cultures and make a difference to who you are. Studying German helps you to develop 4 key skills that are vital for any subject you study, and any job you go on to do; listening, reading, speaking and writing. Learning a language is extremely enjoyable and the topic areas covered are relevant, thought provoking and current. German is good for you! Speaking more than one language increases your brain capacity and improves your memory. It is an impressive achievement to speak a foreign language and one that friends and family will envy and employers will love!

The structure of the course

A level Course & Module Description

At A level a thorough revision of language and grammar takes place in the first term, before more advanced concepts are introduced. The topics of study are:

  • Social issues and trends – aspects of German speaking society, multi-culturalism in German speaking society
  • Artistic culture in the German speaking world
  • Aspects of political life in the German speaking world
  • Grammar
  • Literary texts and films

A level Course Assessment

The A level is examined in the following way: Paper 1 – Listening, reading and writing: 2 hours 30 minutes 50% of A level grade 100 marks Paper 2 – Writing: 2 hours 20% of A level grade 90 marks Paper 3 – Speaking Test: 21-23 minutes including discussion of stimulus card (5 minutes preparation), presentation and conversation. 30% of A level grade 60 marks

What next?

Studying A Level German can be extremely valuable if you wish to pursue a career in the following;

  • Law
  • Journalism
  • The intelligence service
  • Interpreting and translation
  • Industry

We hope you have had an enjoyable evening here at Conyers Sixth Form. If you have any further questions regarding German, please feel free to contact us on the details as shown below.

Year 7 Assessment

  • Each assessment aims to test students in a variety of skills and their understanding of topics to date.
  • Each end of unit assessment is synoptic and based on work completed since the start of Year 7. Not only will the current topic be tested, but each topic previously studied since the start of the year, so students need to revise all previous units for each assessment.
  • Each assessment lasts 1 hour.

In order to prepare for the assessment students should split their revision into chunks and revise small amounts regularly using the tables below for guidance.  

Assessment Focus and Purpose Key Concepts/Skills Assessed Preparation/Key Areas to Revise
Baseline Assessment W/C 11 September Each assessment will follow the same format; testing students in the following skills: Listening – 18%, 10 minutes Reading – 16%, 10 minutes Translation into English – 15%, 10 minutes Translation into French – 15%, 10 minutes Extended Writing in French – 36%, 20 minutes    
  • Primary School French
  • Basic Introductions
  • Description of self: name, age, likes, dislikes
Je me présente Introducing myself W/C 9 October
  • Introducing yourself
  • Spelling
  • Numbers
  • Age
  • Birthday
  • Days, Months, Seasons
  • Colours
  • Using Adjectives
  • Likes/dislikes
  • Hobbies
  • Descriptions of self and others
  • Family
  • Animals

Students have vocabulary lists for each unit of work on Showbie. Students may also access links to each topic through quizlet.com Quizlet Links https://quizlet.com/_31eezx https://quizlet.com/_3lbk79

Mes passetemps My hobbies W/C 27 November
  • Computers and mobiles
  • Sports
  • Activities
  • Saying what you do and don’t like doing
  • Describing what other people do
  • Plus all previous topics

Students have vocabulary lists for each unit of work on Showbie. Students may also access links to each topic through quizlet.com Quizlet Links https://quizlet.com/_31eezx https://quizlet.com/_3lbkac  

Mon college My School W/C 22 January
  • Items in school bag
  • Describing classroom
  • School Subjects and opinions
  • Telling the time
  • School day and timetable
  • Plus all previous topics

Students have vocabulary lists for each unit of work on Showbie. Students may also access links to each topic through quizlet.com Quizlet Links https://quizlet.com/_31eezx https://quizlet.com/_3lbkcu

Tour du monde Travelling the world W/C 12 March
  • Describing where you live
  • Areas of France
  • Nationalities and countries
  • Weather
  • Flags
  • Plus all previous topics

Students have vocabulary lists for each unit of work on Showbie. Students may also access links to each topic through quizlet.com Quizlet Links

  1. https://quizlet.com/_31eezx
3, 2, 1 Partez Let’s go on holiday End of Year Exams W/C 4 June  
  • Discussing holidays
  • Getting ready to go out
  • Talking about holiday plans and where you would like to go in the future
  • Plus all previous topics

Students have vocabulary lists for each unit of work on Showbie. Students may also access links to each topic through quizlet.com Quizlet Links

  1. https://quizlet.com/_31eezx
  2. https://quizlet.com/_3lbkfk

Supplementary sources of revision

Year 8 Assessment

  • Each assessment aims to test students in a variety of skills and their understanding of Key Stage Three topics to date.
  • Each end of unit assessment is synoptic and based on work completed since the start of Year 8. Not only will the current topic be tested, but each topic previously studied since the start of the year, so students need to revise all previous units for each assessment.
  • Each assessment lasts 1 hour.

In order to prepare for the assessment students should split their revision into chunks and revise small amounts regularly using the tables below for guidance.

Assessment Focus and Purpose Key Concepts/Skills Assessed Preparation/Key Areas to Revise
Baseline Assessment W/C 11 September Each assessment will follow the same format; testing students in the following skills: Listening – 18%, 10 minutes Reading – 16%, 10 minutes Translation into English – 15%, 10 minutes Translation into French – 15%, 10 minutes Extended Writing in French – 36%, 20 minutes
  • Introducing yourself
  • Hobbies
  • School
  • Travelling the world
  • Going on holiday

Students have vocabulary lists for each unit of work on Showbie. Students may also access links to each topic through quizlet.com Quizlet Links www.quizlet.com

Mon caractère My character W/C 30 October
  • Describing personality
  • Describing relationships with family and friends
  • Music
  • Clothes
  • Passions

Students have vocabulary lists for each unit of work on Showbie. Students may also access links to each topic through quizlet.com Quizlet Links www.quizlet.com https://quizlet.com/_3lbkkx

T’es branché Being on trend W/C 18 December
  • Television preferences
  • Cinema preferences
  • Reading
  • Internet
  • Describing what you did recently
  • Plus all previous topics

Students have vocabulary lists for each unit of work on Showbie. Students may also access links to each topic through quizlet.com Quizlet Links

  1. www.quizlet.com
  2. https://quizlet.com/_3lbkne
Chez moi, chez toi At the home W/C 26 February
  • Describing where you live
  • Comparing places
  • Saying where you would like to live
  • Describing your home
  • Using prepositions
  • Plus all previous topics

Students have vocabulary lists for each unit of work on Showbie. Students may also access links to each topic through quizlet.com Quizlet Links

  1. www.quizlet.com
  2. https://quizlet.com/_3lbkpz
Paris, je t’adore Visiting Paris End of Year Exam W/C 21 May
  • Describing recent activities in Paris
  • Information about a tourist attraction
  • Saying where you went and how you travelled
  • Plus all previous topics

Students have vocabulary lists for each unit of work on Showbie. Students may also access links to each topic through quizlet.com Quizlet Links

  1. www.quizlet.com
  2. https://quizlet.com/_3lbksj

Supplementary sources of revision

 

Year 9 Assessment

  • Each assessment aims to test students in a variety of skills and their understanding of Key Stage Three topics to date.
  • Each end of unit assessment is synoptic and based on work completed since the start of Year 8. Not only will the current topic be tested, but each topic previously studied since Year 8, so students need to revise all previous units for each assessment.
  • Each assessment lasts 1 hour.

In order to prepare for the assessment students should split their revision into chunks and revise small amounts regularly using the tables below for guidance.

Assessment Focus and Purpose Key Concepts/Skills Assessed Preparation/Key Areas to Revise
Baseline Assessment W/C 11 September Each assessment will follow the same format; testing students in the following skills: Listening – 18%, 10 minutes Reading – 16%, 10 minutes Translation into English – 15%, 10 minutes Translation into French – 15%, 10 minutes Extended Writing in French – 36%, 20 minutes  
  • My character
  • Being on trend
  • At the home
  • Visiting Paris

Students have vocabulary lists for each unit of work on Showbie. Students may also access links to each topic through quizlet.com Quizlet Links

  1. www.quizlet.com
Ma vie sociale d’ado My social life as a teenager W/C 30 October
  • Facebook and social media
  • Giving opinions about others
  • Discussing plans last weekend and next weekend
  • Describing a music event

Students have vocabulary lists for each unit of work on Showbie. Students may also access links to each topic through quizlet.com Quizlet Links

  1. www.quizlet.com
  2. https://quizlet.com/_3lbjjn
Bien dans sa peau Feeling good in my skin W/C 18 December
  • Parts of the body
  • Sport
  • Healthy Eating
  • Plans to get fit
  • Levels of fitness
  • Plus all previous topics

Students have vocabulary lists for each unit of work on Showbie. Students may also access links to each topic through quizlet.com Quizlet Links

  1. www.quizlet.com
  2. https://quizlet.com/_30e97g
A l’horizon On the horizon W/C 26 February
  • Different jobs
  • Importance of languages within jobs
  • Motivations for jobs
  • Future career plans and ambitions
  • Activities/tasks in different jobs
  • Plus all previous topics

Students have vocabulary lists for each unit of work on Showbie. Students may also access links to each topic through quizlet.com Quizlet Links

  1. www.quizlet.com
  2. https://quizlet.com/_3lbjdj
Spécial Vacances Holidays End of Year Exam W/C 11 June
  • Different types of holidays
  • Daring and adventurous holidays
  • Travel items and holiday packing
  • A past holiday
  • Describing tourist attractions
  • Plus all previous topics

Students have vocabulary lists for each unit of work on Showbie. Students may also access links to each topic through quizlet.com Quizlet Links

  1. www.quizlet.com
  2. https://quizlet.com/_3lbjgs

Supplementary sources of revision

Year 10 Assessment

  • Each assessment aims to test students in a variety of skills and their understanding of GCSE topics to date.
  • Each end of unit assessment is synoptic and based on work completed since the start of Year 10. Not only will the current topic be tested, but each topic previously studied during the course, so students need to revise all previous units for each assessment.
  • Apart from the grammar test, each assessment lasts 1 hour for foundation students and 2 hours for higher students.

The full version of the GCSE Specification can be found at http://filestore.aqa.org.uk/resources/french/specifications/AQA-8658-SP-2016.PDF In order to prepare for the assessment students should split their revision into chunks and revise small amounts regularly using the tables below for guidance.

Assessment Focus and Purpose Key Concepts/Skills Assessed Preparation/Key Areas to Revise
Grammar and Tenses W/C 2 October 1 hour grammar test Foundation Tier Present Tense Past Tense Future Tense Higher Tier Present Tense Perfect Tense Imperfect Tense Future Tense Conditional Tense
Me, my family and friends W/C 20 November Each assessment will follow the same format; testing students in the following skills: Foundation Tier Listening – 18%, 10 minutes Reading – 16%, 10 minutes Translation into English – 15%, 10 minutes Translation into French – 15%, 10 minutes Extended Writing in French – 36%, 20 minutes Higher Tier Listening – 12%, 15 minutes Reading – 12%, 15 minutes Translation into English – 14%, 15 minutes Translation into French – 12%, 15 minutes Extended Writing in French – 50%, 1 hour Relationships with family and friends Marriage and partnerships
Free-time Activities W/C 15 January Music Cinema and TV Food and eating out Sport Plus all previous topics
Technology in everyday life W/C 26 February Social Media Mobile Technology Plus all previous topics
My studies W/C 23 April School subjects School day Life at school/college Plus all previous topics
Jobs Customs Listening, Writing, Reading, Translation Trial Exam: June Speaking Trial Exam: W/C 9 July Education post 16 Jobs, career choices and ambitions Customs and Festivals in French Speaking Countries/Communities Plus all previous topics

Key Vocabulary

  • Students have individual logon details to vocabexpress.com where they can regularly test themselves on vocabulary across all units. School code is UKCONY.
  • Students may also access links to each topic through quizlet.com
Topic Tier Quizlet App Link
Me, my family and friends Foundation https://quizlet.com/_3f9s73
Me, my family and friends Higher https://quizlet.com/_2ead8g
Free-time Activities Foundation https://quizlet.com/_3jbibc
Free-time Activities Higher https://quizlet.com/_3jbic9
Technology Foundation https://quizlet.com/_3ksmho
Technology Higher https://quizlet.com/_3ksma3
Customs & Festivals Foundation https://quizlet.com/_3ksmat
Customs & Festivals Higher https://quizlet.com/_3ksm91
Home, Town & Local Area Foundation https://quizlet.com/_3ksmgv
Home, Town & Local Area Higher https://quizlet.com/_3ksm8o
Global Issues Foundation https://quizlet.com/_3ksmfa
Social Issues Foundation https://quizlet.com/_3ksmg1
Social & Global Issues Higher https://quizlet.com/_3ksm7z
Travel & Tourism Foundation https://quizlet.com/_3ksmea
Travel & Tourism Higher https://quizlet.com/_3ksm73
My Studies All https://quizlet.com/_3f9tpt
Life at school All https://quizlet.com/_3f9tky
Jobs, careers & ambitions All https://quizlet.com/_3f9x42
Education post-16/ Jobs All https://quizlet.com/_3f9sfs
Rubrics and Instructions All https://quizlet.com/_3f9xcv
Opinions All https://quizlet.com/_3f9x7n
Connectives All https://quizlet.com/_3f9xgy
Comparisons All https://quizlet.com/_3f9xl3
Negatives All https://quizlet.com/_3f9xuq
Asking Questions All https://quizlet.com/_3f9xxo
Prepositions All https://quizlet.com/_3f9xqs

Supplementary sources of revision

Year 11 Assessment

  • Each assessment aims to test students in a variety of skills and their understanding of GCSE topics to date.
  • Each end of unit assessment is synoptic and based on work completed since the start of Year 10. Not only will the current topic be tested, but each topic previously studied during the course, so students need to revise all previous units for each assessment.
  • Apart from the grammar test, each assessment lasts 1 hour for foundation students and 2 hours for higher students.

The full version of the GCSE Specification can be found at http://filestore.aqa.org.uk/resources/french/specifications/AQA-8658-SP-2016.PDF In order to prepare for the assessment students should split their revision into chunks and revise small amounts regularly using the tables below for guidance.

Assessment Focus and Purpose Key Concepts/Skills Assessed Preparation/Key Areas to Revise
Revision of Year 10 themes W/C 4 September 1 hour grammar test
  • Relationships with family and friends
  • Marriage and partnerships
  • Music
  • Cinema and TV
  • Food and eating out
  • Sport
  • My Studies
  • Life at school
  • Education post 16
  • Jobs, career choices and ambitions
Technology Customs W/C 30 October Each assessment will follow the same format; testing students in the following skills: Foundation Tier Listening – 18%, 10 minutes Reading – 16%, 10 minutes Translation into English – 15%, 10 minutes Translation into French – 15%, 10 minutes Extended Writing in French – 36%, 20 minutes Higher Tier Listening – 12%, 15 minutes Reading – 12%, 15 minutes Translation into English – 14%, 15 minutes Translation into French – 12%, 15 minutes Extended Writing in French – 50%, 1 hour
  • Social Media
  • Mobile Technology
  • Customs and Festivals in French Speaking Countries/Communities
  • Plus all previous topics
Home Social Issues Trial Exams W/C 11 December  
  • Home, town, neighbourhood, region
  • Charity/Volunteer Work
  • Healthy/Unhealthy Living
  • Plus all previous topics
Global Issues W/C 26 February  
  • The environment
  • Homelessness
  • Plus all previous topics
Travel and Tourism W/C 16 April  
  • Travel and Tourism
  • Plus all previous topics

Key Vocabulary

  • Students have individual logon details to vocabexpress.com where they can regularly test themselves on vocabulary across all units. School code is UKCONY.
  • Students may also access links to each topic through quizlet.com
Topic Tier Quizlet App Link
Me, my family and friends Foundation https://quizlet.com/_3f9s73
Me, my family and friends Higher https://quizlet.com/_2ead8g
Free-time Activities Foundation https://quizlet.com/_3jbibc
Free-time Activities Higher https://quizlet.com/_3jbic9
Technology Foundation https://quizlet.com/_3ksmho
Technology Higher https://quizlet.com/_3ksma3
Customs & Festivals Foundation https://quizlet.com/_3ksmat
Customs & Festivals Higher https://quizlet.com/_3ksm91
Home, Town & Local Area Foundation https://quizlet.com/_3ksmgv
Home, Town & Local Area Higher https://quizlet.com/_3ksm8o
Global Issues Foundation https://quizlet.com/_3ksmfa
Social Issues Foundation https://quizlet.com/_3ksmg1
Social & Global Issues Higher https://quizlet.com/_3ksm7z
Travel & Tourism Foundation https://quizlet.com/_3ksmea
Travel & Tourism Higher https://quizlet.com/_3ksm73
My Studies All https://quizlet.com/_3f9tpt
Life at school All https://quizlet.com/_3f9tky
Jobs, careers & ambitions All https://quizlet.com/_3f9x42
Education post-16/ Jobs All https://quizlet.com/_3f9sfs
Rubrics and Instructions All https://quizlet.com/_3f9xcv
Opinions All https://quizlet.com/_3f9x7n
Connectives All https://quizlet.com/_3f9xgy
Comparisons All https://quizlet.com/_3f9xl3
Negatives All https://quizlet.com/_3f9xuq
Asking Questions All https://quizlet.com/_3f9xxo
Prepositions All https://quizlet.com/_3f9xqs

Supplementary sources of revision

Year 11 German Assessment

  • Each assessment aims to test students in a variety of skills and their understanding of GCSE topics to date.
  • Each end of unit assessment is synoptic and based on work completed since the start of Year 10. Not only will the current topic be tested, but each topic previously studied during the course, so students need to revise all previous units for each assessment.
  • Each assessment lasts 1 hour for foundation students and 2 hours for higher students.

The full version of the GCSE Specification can be found at http://filestore.aqa.org.uk/resources/german/specifications/AQA-8668-SP-2016.PDF In order to prepare for the assessment students should split their revision into chunks and revise small amounts regularly using the tables below for guidance.

Assessment Focus and Purpose Key Concepts/Skills Assessed Preparation/Key Areas to Revise
Revision of Year 10 themes W/C 4 September 1 hour grammar test
  • Relationships with family and friends
  • Marriage and partnerships
  • Music
  • Cinema and TV
  • Sport
  • My Studies
  • Life at school
  • Education post 16
  • Jobs, career choices and ambitions
Technology Customs W/C 30 October Each assessment will follow the same format; testing students in the following skills: Foundation Tier Listening – 18%, 10 minutes Reading – 16%, 10 minutes Translation into English – 15%, 10 minutes Translation into French – 15%, 10 minutes Extended Writing in French – 36%, 20 minutes Higher Tier Listening – 12%, 15 minutes Reading – 12%, 15 minutes Translation into English – 14%, 15 minutes Translation into French – 12%, 15 minutes Extended Writing in French – 50%, 1 hour
  • Social Media
  • Mobile Technology
  • Food and eating out
  • Healthy/Unhealthy Living
  • Plus all previous topics
Home Social Issues Trial Exams W/C 11 December
  • Home, town, neighbourhood, region
  • Charity/Volunteer Work
  • Customs and Festivals in German Speaking Countries/Communities
  • Plus all previous topics
Global Issues W/C 26 February
  • The environment
  • Homelessness
  • Plus all previous topics
Travel and Tourism W/C 16 April
  • Travel and Tourism
  • Plus all previous topics

Key Vocabulary

  • Students may access links to each topic through quizlet.com
Topic Tier Quizlet App Link
Me, my family and friends Foundation https://quizlet.com/_3quhqu
Me, my family and friends Higher https://quizlet.com/_3quhq1
Free-time Activities Foundation https://quizlet.com/_3quhsz
Free-time Activities Higher https://quizlet.com/_3quhs2
Technology Foundation https://quizlet.com/_3r0br7
Technology Higher https://quizlet.com/_3r0bwg
Customs & Festivals Foundation https://quizlet.com/_3quhzm
Customs & Festivals Higher https://quizlet.com/_3qup0b
Home, Town & Local Area Foundation https://quizlet.com/_3quho1
Home, Town & Local Area Higher https://quizlet.com/_3quhnb
Global Issues Foundation https://quizlet.com/_3qup21
Social Issues Foundation https://quizlet.com/_3qup3k
Social & Global Issues Higher https://quizlet.com/_3qup2m
Travel & Tourism Foundation https://quizlet.com/_3quhp4
Travel & Tourism Higher https://quizlet.com/_3r0bzy
My Studies All https://quizlet.com/_3r0c3d
Life at school All https://quizlet.com/_3r0c70
Jobs, careers & ambitions Higher https://quizlet.com/_3quhg2
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