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French

Year 10

Duration Whole year

Purpose

  • To develop the communication skills to enable the students to express their views and talk about topics relevant to their age groups and to prepare them to deal with various daily situations and problems in French.
  • To develop an awareness of language as a tool for communication and an awareness of how language works.
  • To develop a more flexible approach to thinking and to learning and to improve conceptual development.
  • To foster understanding and tolerance of other cultures and to broaden the student’s cultural horizons and general knowledge by introducing them to the French way of life.

Areas of Study

Topics
Social and leisure activities, town and activities, food and drink, sport, injuries and physical activities, health and safety, going to a work interview, past activities, personal problems and relationships, desires and ambitions for the future, jobs and professions.

Linguistic elements
Revision of present tenses of regular and irregular verbs, perfect tense with avoir and être  of regular, irregular verbs and reflexive verbs, negative expressions, present participle, comparative and superlative of adjectives and adverbs, review of the partitive,  direct and indirect object pronouns, agreement of the preceding direct object in compound tenses, reflexive verbs used in a passive and reciprocal sense, exclamatory and interrogative adjectives quel(le)(s), si in response to negative questions, imperfect tense of regular and irregular verbs, the recent past, possessive adjectives and pronouns, demonstrative adjectives and pronouns, disjunctive pronouns, impersonal verbs, pendant, depuis and pour.

Cultural component
Leisure activities in France, shops and services, specialist food shops, shopping malls and hypermarkets, opening hours of French shops, the French diet, causes of stress and fatigue in young French people, fashion in the 20th century and today, the Gauls: the original inhabitants of France, the popularity of comic books in France, the French press, life issues affecting young people, profile of the 14-25 generation in France, the changing profile of employment in France.

Communication Skills

  • Speaking – class discussions, group work and role plays.
  • Listening – understand main ideas in a text and obtain specific information to complete notes charts or tables.
  • Writing – responses of two to three short paragraphs of approximately 150 words.
  • Reading – understand main ideas in a text and obtain specific information to answer questions, complete notes, tables and charts.

Assessment

  • Written and spoken exercises
  • Tests: vocabulary, grammar, listening, speaking, reading and writing
  • Compositions
  • Listening and reading comprehension
  • Examinations