French Exam & Revision Information

Paper 1: Listening

12 May 2020

• Written exam: 5 minutes’ reading time + 35 minutes (Foundation Tier), 45 minutes (Higher Tier)

• 40 marks (Foundation Tier), 50 marks (Higher Tier)

• 25% of GCSE

Foundation Tier and Higher Tier

• Section A – questions in English, to be answered in English or non-verbally

• Section B – questions in French, to be answered in French or non-verbally

Paper 2: Speaking

6 April – 15 May 2020

• Non-exam assessment

• 7–9 minutes (Foundation Tier) + preparation time

• 10–12 minutes (Higher Tier) + preparation time

• 60 marks (for each of Foundation Tier and Higher Tier)

• 25% of GCSE

Foundation Tier and Higher Tier

The format is the same at Foundation Tier and Higher Tier, but with different stimulus questions for the Photo card and different stimulus materials for the Role-play.

• Role-play – 15 marks (2 min. at Foundation Tier; 2 min. at Higher Tier)

• Photo card – 15 marks (2 min. at Foundation Tier; 3 min. at Higher Tier)

• General conversation – 30 marks (3–5 min. at Foundation Tier; 5–7 min. at Higher Tier)

Paper 3: Reading

12 May 2020

• Written exam: 45 minutes (Foundation Tier), 1 hour (Higher Tier)

• 60 marks (for each of Foundation Tier and Higher Tier)

• 25% of GCSE

Foundation Tier and Higher Tier

• Section A – questions in English, to be answered in English or non-verbally

• Section B – questions in French, to be answered in French or non-verbally

• Section C – translation from French into English (a minimum of 35 words at Foundation Tier and 50 words at Higher Tier)

Paper 4: Writing

15 May 2020

• Written exam: 1 hour (Foundation Tier), 1 hour 15 minutes (Higher Tier)

• 50 marks at Foundation Tier and 60 marks at Higher Tier

• 25% of GCSE

Foundation Tier

• Question 1 – message (student produces four sentences in response to a photo) – 8 marks

• Question 2 – short passage (student writes a piece of continuous text in response to four brief bullet points, approximately 40 words in total) – 16 marks

• Question 3 – translation from English into French (minimum 35 words) – 10 marks

• Question 4 – structured writing task (student responds to four compulsory detailed bullet points, producing approximately 90 words in total) – there is a choice from two questions – 16 marks

Higher Tier

• Question 1 – structured writing task (student responds to four compulsory detailed bullet points, producing approximately 90 words in total) – there is a choice from two questions – 16 marks

• Question 2 – open-ended writing task (student responds to two compulsory detailed bullet points, producing approximately 150 words in total) – there is a choice from two questions – 32 marks

• Question 3 – translation from English into French (minimum 50 words) – 12 marks

Revision:

Google Drive resources for Year 11 FRENCH Cohort 2018-2020

https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1lfXkHSZFZ9uBDOMXxP2_H0qmH4GaUzre?usp=sharingUse the link above to access Exampro resources by themes (reading and listening practice with audio files), OCR past papers (reading and listening with audio files), Speaking resources (PowerPoint presentations with model answers to adapt and flashcards to print out), Studio listening files and vocabulary lists (AQA vocabulary list, Studio Foundation and Higher by module).

 Memrise

Your teachers have created courses containing all the AQA GCSE Foundation and Higher vocabulary and other essential vocabulary. The link for the Year 11 class is https://www.memrise.com/group/108910/ 

Students are expected to complete 15,000 points of vocabulary revision every week.


Languages on line (Français)

https://www.languagesonline.org.uk/Hotpotatoes/frenchindex.html

This is a good site to revise all key basic vocabulary and grammar.


GCSE Bitesize revision

https://www.bbc.com/bitesize/subjects/z9dqxnb

This website can help again with key vocabulary in topic areas. Revise and practise and even test yourself.


Seneca

https://www.senecalearning.com/

Class code: un7o7exnex

This website offers French GCSE AQA revision by topic and grammar.


1jour1actu

https://www.1jour1actu.com/

This website offers reading and listening practice on big questions/concepts as well as current news items. Students can watch the daily video and read the transcript below.

Revision guides

Pearson Revise AQA GCSE (9-1) French Revision Guide – ISBN 9781292131429

Pearson Revise AQA GCSE French Revision Workbook – ISBN 9781292131351

Pearson Pearson REVISE AQA GCSE (9-1) French Practice Papers Plus – ISBN 9781292213248

Revise AQA GCSE (9-1) French Revision Cards – ISBN 9781292182070

BBC Bitesize AQA GCSE (9-1) French Workbook – ISBN 9781406685879

BBC Bitesize AQA GCSE (9-1) French Revision Guide – ISBN 9781406685923