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AQA German/French/Spanish/Urdu GCSE

Students are assessed on the following topic areas:-

  • Identity and culture
  • Local, national, international and global areas of interest
  • Current and future study and employment

Students are assessed in all four skills Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking at the end of Year 11.

They are entered for either Foundation or Higher Tier for all skills. You cannot mix and match

Listening exam: 25% of total marks
Foundation Tier: 35 mins
Higher Tier: 45 mins

Reading exam: 25% of total marks
Foundation Tier: 45 mins
Higher Tier: 60 mins

Speaking exam: 25% of total marks
Foundation Tier: 7-9 mins
Higher Tier: 10-12 mins

Role Play
Photo Card
General Conversation

Written Exam: 25% of total marks
Foundation Tier: 1 hour
Q1: Message
Q2: Short passage
Q3: Translation from English into German/French/Spanish/Urdu
Q4: Structured writing task

Higher Tier: 1 hour 15 mins
Q1: Structured Writing task
Q2: Open-ended writing task
Q3: Translation from English into German/French/Spanish/Urdu

 

Course Overview

German
In Year 10, students have three hours of German a week. They work from the Stimmt Foundation or Higher Textbook covering the topics listed below. They are assessed in all four skills: Listening, Reading, Speaking and Writing at the end of each unit.

  • Autumn 1: Grammar recap
  • Autumn 2: School
  • Spring 1: Hobbies and interests
  • Spring 2: Family and friends
  • Summer 1: Home life, food, drink and staying healthy
  • Summer 2: Town and travel

Spanish
In Year 10, students have three hours of Spanish a week. They work from the ¡Viva! Foundation or Higher Textbook covering the topics listed below. They are assessed in all four skills: Listening, Reading, Speaking and Writing at the end of each unit.

  • Autumn 1: Holidays
  • Autumn 2: School and future plans
  • Spring 1: Family and friends
  • Spring 2: Hobbies and interests
  • Summer 1: Town
  • Summer 2: Festivals, food and drink

French
In Year 10, students have three hours of French a week. They work from the Studio Foundation or Higher textbook covering the topics listed below.

  • Autumn: Grammar recap. Me, my family, free time.
  • Spring: Music, technology, reading and TV. Food, daily life and special occasions
  • Summer: Your town and area 

How parents can support and useful links:

  1. Test your child in preparation for their weekly vocabulary and grammar tests.
  2. Encourage your child to use websites like www.quizlet.com to create flashcards of their GCSE vocabulary. This can also be downloaded as an app onto phones and ipads so that they can revise vocabulary on the go, little and often.
  3. Test your child on their conversation questions in preparation for their speaking assessments.
  4. Encourage your child to use websites like www.funwithlanguages.vacau.com (KS4 section) and www.memrise.com to revise the different topic areas.

Exam specification - http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/languages

Spanish KS4 Knowledge Organiser
German KS4 Knowledge Organiser
French KS4 Knowledge Organiser
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