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KS4 Modern Foreign Languages

In an increasingly competitive employment market, a GCSE in a Modern Foreign Language can make a big difference to your future employment and mobility prospects, whatever your career plans may be. It also develops your self-confidence, your communication skills and your awareness of language in general.

The new GCSE linear course builds on the knowledge and skills covered in Key Stage 3 and introduces you to a wider range of structures and topic areas.The teaching is organised around 5 Topic Areas. These are designed to enable you to feel confident about visiting France, Germany or Spain and coping with most daily situations abroad. Grammatical concepts are introduced as appropriate through the topic areas.  Whilst there is an emphasis on communication and comprehension, success at the highest level demands an ability to talk about past, present and future events with accuracy. The five topic areas are:

  • Identity and culture
  • Local area, holiday and travel
  • School life
  • Future plans, study and work
  • International themes


Through these topic areas you will develop your skills of reading, writing, translating, speaking and listening in French, German or Spanish.

There is the potential to use a range of audio and visual resources and the use of ICT for independent study is encouraged.

Students will be assessed regularly, and asked to target specific areas for improvement.

Summative assessment takes the following form:

  • 25% listening exam
  • 25% reading exam
  • 25% speaking exam
  • 25% writing exam.

A GCSE in a modern foreign language ensures an essential basis for progression to further study at AS/A level, and is a stepping-stone to the learning of other languages, not to mention plenty of interesting career and social opportunities.

You live a new life for every new language you speak.” ( Czech proverb)