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French GCSE

Exam work, feedback from assessment and study guide

Feedback (marking) and examination information

Page 3 Course overview

Page 4 List of GCSE topics

Pages 5-7 Homework & study information

Page 8 GCSE progress sheet

Page 9 Parent/ carer comment page

Page 10 Speaking controlled assessment marking criteria

Page 11 Writing controlled assessment marking criteria

Pages 12-13 Speaking controlled assessment peer assessment

Page 14 Writing controlled assessment self assessment
Question banks

Page 15 GCSE question exemplars

Page 16- 17 Relationships and Choices Questions

Page 18 Next steps, feedback and student responses for Relationships

Pages 19-20 Health Questions

Page 21 Next steps, feedback and student responses for Health

Pages 22-23 Free time and Media Questions

Page 24 Next steps, feedback and student response for Free Time and Media

Pages 25-26 Les Vacances Questions

Page 27 Next steps, feedback and student response for Les Vacances

Pages 28-29 Home and Local Area Questions

Page 30 Next steps, feedback and student response for Home and Local Area

Page 31 Environment Questions

Page 32 Next steps, feedback and student response for Environment

Pages 33-35 Education Questions

Page 36 Next steps, feedback and student response for Education
Vocabulary and Grammar

Pages 37-39 Brainy/ A* phrases

Pages 40-41 Group Talk phrases

Page 42 Marking support

Pages 43-68 Vocabulary lists

Page 69 Vocabualry test schedule

Pages 70-82 Grammar basics

GCSE Course Overview

The French examination is made up of the following:-

  1. Unit 1: Listening 46551F; 46551H (20%)

This takes the form of an exam paper sat at the end of the course. You can take either Foundation or Higher Tier Papers. You will need to answer questions on recorded material from different topic areas. Some material will be formal (e.g. a telephone message) and some informal (e.g. a conversation between friends)

  1. Unit 2: French reading 46552F; 46552H (20%)

This takes the form of an exam paper sat at the end of the course. You can take either Foundation or Higher Tier Papers. You will need to answer questions about texts on different topics, for example text messages, advertisements and emails.
3) Unit 3: French speaking 46553

Assessment Criteria Per Task:

Communication 10

Range and Accuracy of Language 10

Pronunciation and Intonation 5

Interaction and Fluency 5

This is assessed by your class teacher. Your teacher will tell you when you will do your assessments. You will need to carry out the following activities which should last 4 – 6 minutes each:-

  • an interview

  • a conversation

The tasks will be marked by the teacher and submitted to AQA for moderation. We will endeavour to complete more than two assessments so students take the best two marks forward.

4) Unit 4: French writing 46554

Assessment Criteria Per Task:

Communication 15

Range of Language 10

Accuracy 5

This is assessed by the examination board, AQA. You will carry out two pieces of writing in controlled conditions in a classroom which is then sent off to the examination board for marking. This could take various forms. You will have class time and homework in which to prepare for this assessment and an hour to write it in full. Students must spend no more than 60 minutes, per task, on writing the final version. This must be completed in one single assessment session with a dictionary.

The subject content of GCSE is divided into four main themes and sub topics detailed below:


Health: Healthy and unhealthy lifestyles and their consequences

Relationships and Choices: • Relationships with family and friends • Future plans regarding: marriage/partnership • Social issues and equality

Leisure Free Time and the Media

Free time activities: • Shopping, money, fashion and trends • Advantages and disadvantages of new technology

Holidays: • Plans, preferences, experiences • What to see and getting around

Home and Environment

Home and Local Area • Special occasions celebrated in the home • Home, town, neighbourhood and region, where it is and what it is like

Environment:• Current problems facing the planet • Being environmentally friendly within the home and local area

Work and Education

School/College and Future Plans: • What school/college is like • Pressures and problems Current and Future Jobs: • Looking for and getting a job • Advantages and disadvantages of different jobs


Homework will be set regularly and will be done on time and to a good standard. Failure to complete homework on one occasion will be result in an SBL and contact home via text message or letter. You will have to attend a subject detention.

Sometimes homework will reading/ writing tasks, there will also be learning homework for vocabulary and grammatical structures.


Listening is a skill we try to practice as much as possible in class but there is never enough class time to do enough practice. More needs to be done outside of lessons on an individual basis. We recommend half an hour a week (on top of normal ‘set’ homework). There is a list of websites provided below. Please talk to your class teacher about listening- things you find challenging etc. We are here to support you!

Useful for revising for exams with plenty of interactive games and vocabulary exercises. Available for French, German and Spanish.

Online dictionary for various languages. Please note, it is important to use a dictionary (book or online) and not an online translator as these are very unreliable.

Useful information on the exams you will be taking. There are past papers but please do not complete them before you have done them in class.

Resources, tests, vocabulary and exam practice on a variety of topics.

Available for French and German

An article of top tips for those tricky areas

Tips for exams and controlled assessments- lots of great stuff. Also ideas for how languages will help you in the future.

French and German revision sections including video explanations of different vocabulary areas.

The grammar units are particularly useful - they do have lots of stuff from other textbooks, so best to focus on general vocab and grammar.

Available for French, German and Spanish.

Lots of different activities, worksheets etc.

Available for French, German and Spanish.

Free online language courses for French, German and Spanish. Also available as mobile apps.

Free online language courses for French, German and Spanish.

The BBC’s exam doctor’s top tips for revision

There is a lot of good stuff on YouTube for language learning but also a lot of distractions- be careful! The Sky Learning Channel has some good revision tips on it.

Subscription site in the US. Don’t pay for it but there are a number of sample videos that might be good listening practice.

Welsh National grid for learning site with lots of resources for French, German and Spanish.

Lots of French and German resources. Ignore the exam advice and resources as they are directed at another exam board.

Lots of useful resources for French, German and Spansih. The video quizzes are particularly useful. Also available as an IPhone app.
French Specific


Verb tables- fantastic site.

Synonym searcher- great for widening vocabulary and reaching for those top grades.

Revision site for practicing the vocabulary specific to our exam board.

A site that provides videos for listening material. All of the videos are based on recent news items and there are various activities to go with them. They are quite complex so start with the beginner section ‘Débuter en français’.

Grammar explanations and activities.

Online listening activities

Lots authentic activities aimed at higher level students.

Great listening material on a site that can unfortunately be quite hard to navigate.

French news stories aimed at young French people. Really useful for reading practice.

Similar to the above.

C’est pas sorcier is a science and technology programme aimed at young adults in France. It has lots of great videos on various topics from how the Eiffel tower was built to the latest gadgets. Fun, snappy videos that are useful for listening practice as well as general knowledge.

Isabelle Jones, a teacher in the North of England recommends a whole host of websites for revision. Some great ideas!

Information on French cinema and TV

Cultural information on France and Francophone countries
Watching films from French-speaking countries with subtitles on (although the subtitles don’t always translate exactly what they say) is also good practice and Channel 4 sometimes show some, there are lots available to buy online or to download from various sources. I have some available to borrow- remember to ask permission from parents/ carers!

Speaking is a more challenging one to practice outside of class but there are ways:

  • Come to French study support and practice with a teacher/ prefect

  • Practice with a friend (yes you will both make mistakes but it is still good practice to encourage fluency and build confidence)

  • Practice with a French speaking family member/ friend if you are lucky enough to have one!

  • Some websites such as BBC bitesize combine listening and speaking activities.

  • Listening to French is crucial to improve your pronunciation and fluency.


  • Lots of material on the web for you to read and translate/ answer questions on (see above).

  • Buy a revision guide


If you find something interesting you want to write about- please do and hand it in to be marked!
GCSE French Progress Sheet


What I want

Written Controlled Asessments

Speaking Controlled Asessments

Mock Results

Foundation List.

Foundation Read.

Higher List.

Higher Read.

My strengths

My areas for development

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