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Languages

German

Course Description

The German course consists of four externally examined papers based on the skills: speaking, listening, reading and writing. The four skills are equally weighted and are each worth 25% of the final qualification grade. There are no coursework or controlled assessment tasks.

Assessment Format

 

Assessment Objective

Method of assessment

Paper and Length of Time

Listening & understanding in German 25%

Terminal examination, (externally assessed)

Either Foundation tier: 35 minutes including 5 minutes reading time.

 

Or Higher tier: 45 minutes including 5 minutes reading time.

Speaking in German 25 %

Terminal examination, (internally conducted by the teacher, externally assessed)

Either Foundation tier: 7–9 minutes plus 12 minutes preparation time

 

Or Higher tier: 10–12 minutes plus 12 minutes preparation time.

Reading and Understanding 25%

Terminal examination, (externally assessed)

Either Foundation tier: 45 minutes

 

Or Higher tier: 1 hour.

Writing 25%

Terminal examination, (externally assessed)

Either Foundation tier: 1 hour 10 minutes

 

Or Higher tier: 1 hour 20 minutes. 

 

Paper 1: Listening and understanding in German

Students are assessed on their understanding of standard spoken German by one or more speakers in a range of public and social settings. Students will respond to multiple-response and short-answer open response questions based on a recording featuring male and female German speakers. 

Paper 2: Speaking in German

Students are assessed on their ability to communicate and interact effectively through speaking in German for different purposes and in different settings. 

 

Task 1 – a role play based on one topic.

Task 2 – questions based on a picture stimulus.

Task 3 – conversation based on two themes. The first theme is based on the topic chosen by the student in advance of the assessment. The second theme is allocated by the examination board.

 

The speaking assessments are conducted by teachers in one session within a prescribed assessment window and the recordings then submitted for external marking. 

Paper 3: Reading and understanding in German

Students are assessed on their understanding of written German across a range of different types of texts, including advertisements, emails, letters, articles and literary texts.

Paper 4: Writing in German

Students are assessed on their ability to communicate effectively through writing in German for different purposes and audiences. Students are required to produce extended responses of varying lengths and types to express ideas and opinions in German, as well as complete one translation into German. 

Themes and Topics

Students will study a variety of topics over three years, designed to equip them with knowledge and understanding relating to five main themes:

  • Identity and culture
  • Local area
  • Holidays and travel
  • School, future aspirations, study and work
  • International and global dimensions

 

French

Course Description

The French course consists of four externally examined papers based on the skills: speaking, listening, reading and writing. The four skills are equally weighted and are each worth 25% of the final qualification grade. There are no coursework or controlled assessment tasks.

Assessment Format

Assessment Objective

Method of assessment

Paper and Length of Time

Listening & understanding 25%

Terminal examination, (externally assessed)

Either Foundation tier: 35 minutes including 5 minutes reading time.

 

Or Higher tier: 45 minutes including 5 minutes reading time.

Speaking in French
25 %

Terminal examination, (conducted by the teacher, externally assessed)

Either Foundation tier: 7–9 minutes plus 12 minutes preparation time

 

Or Higher tier: 10–12 minutes plus 12 minutes preparation time.

Reading and understanding 25%

Terminal examination, (externally assessed)

Either Foundation tier: 45 minutes

 

Or Higher tier: 1 hour.

Writing in French 25%

Terminal examination, (externally assessed)

Either Foundation tier: 1 hour 10 minutes

 

Or Higher tier: 1 hour 20 minutes. 

Paper 1: Listening and understanding in French 

Students are assessed on their understanding of standard spoken French by one or more speakers in a range of public and social settings. Students will respond to multiple-response and short-answer open response questions based on a recording featuring male and female French speakers. 

Paper 2: Speaking in French 

Students are assessed on their ability to communicate and interact effectively through speaking in French for different purposes and in different settings. 

Task 1 – a role play based on one topic.

Task 2 – questions based on a picture stimulus.

Task 3 – conversation based on two themes. The first theme is based on the topic chosen by the student in advance of the assessment. The second theme is allocated by the examination board.

 

The assessments are conducted by teachers in one session within a prescribed assessment window and the recordings then submitted for external marking. 

Paper 3: Reading and Understanding in French

Students are assessed on their understanding of written French across a range of different types of texts, including advertisements, emails, letters, articles and literary texts.

Paper 4: Writing in French

Students are assessed on their ability to communicate effectively through writing in French for different purposes and audiences. Students are required to produce extended responses of varying lengths and types to express ideas and opinions in French, as well as complete one translation into French. 

Themes and Topics

Students will study a variety of topics over three years, designed to equip them with knowledge and understanding relating to five main themes:

  • Identity and culture
  • Local area
  • Holidays and travel
  • School, future aspirations, study and work
  • International and global dimensions

 

Italian

Course Description

The Italian course consists of four externally examined papers based on the skills: speaking, listening, reading and writing. The four skills are equally weighted and are each worth 25% of the final qualification grade. There are no coursework or controlled assessment tasks.

Assessment Format

Assessment Objective

Method of assessment

Paper and Length of Time

Listening & understanding 25%

Terminal examination, (externally assessed)

Either Foundation tier: 35 minutes including 5 minutes reading time.

 

Or Higher tier: 45 minutes including 5 minutes reading time.

Speaking in Italian
25 %

Terminal examination, (conducted by the teacher, externally assessed)

Either Foundation tier: 7–9 minutes plus 12 minutes preparation time

 

Or Higher tier: 10–12 minutes plus 12 minutes preparation time.

Reading and understanding 25%

Terminal examination, (externally assessed)

Either Foundation tier: 45 minutes

 

Or Higher tier: 1 hour.

Writing in Italian 25%

Terminal examination, (externally assessed)

Either Foundation tier: 1 hour 10 minutes

 

Or Higher tier: 1 hour 20 minutes. 

Paper 1: Listening and understanding in Italian

Students are assessed on their understanding of standard spoken Italian by one or more speakers in a range of public and social settings. Students will respond to multiple-response and short-answer open response questions based on a recording featuring male and female Italian speakers. 

Paper 2: Speaking in Italian

Students are assessed on their ability to communicate and interact effectively through speaking in Italian for different purposes and in different settings. 

Task 1 – a role play based on one topic.

Task 2 – questions based on a picture stimulus.

Task 3 – conversation based on two themes. The first theme is based on the topic chosen by the student in advance of the assessment. The second theme is allocated by the examination board.

 

The assessments are conducted by teachers in one session within a prescribed assessment window and the recordings then submitted for external marking. 

Paper 3: Reading and Understanding in Italian

Students are assessed on their understanding of written Italian across a range of different types of texts, including advertisements, emails, letters, articles and literary texts.

Paper 4: Writing in Italian

Students are assessed on their ability to communicate effectively through writing in Italian for different purposes and audiences. Students are required to produce extended responses of varying lengths and types to express ideas and opinions in Italian, as well as complete one translation into Italian. 

Themes and Topics

Students will study a variety of topics over three years, designed to equip them with knowledge and understanding relating to five main themes:

  • Identity and culture
  • Local area
  • Holidays and travel
  • School, future aspirations, study and work
  • International and global dimensions

 

Spanish

Students following the Ebacc qualification will be offered the opportunity to study FCSE Spanish as an additional qualification alongside French, German or Italian.

Spanish lessons will be taught as a weekly twilight lesson from 15:30- 17:00. In the first instance students are required to express their interest in this course during their Pathways interview.


 

Ms Helen Hill
BA, MSc