Modern Languages at Wollaston School
Students taking French or German sit the Edexcel GCSE in the summer of Year 11. Students are assessed in 4 skill areas, each of which is worth 25% of the overall mark: • Listening and Reading – these are assessed at the end of the course in a formal exam. Students respond to a range of spoken and written material. Typical exercises involve gap filling, multiple choice, picture matching and answering questions in the target language. Dictionaries are not allowed. • Speaking – this exam is conducted with the student’s teacher. It lasts between 8 – 12 minutes and is recorded and sent to the exam board for marking. The exam begins with 2 role-plays: At foundation level these involve everyday situations, such as buying something in a shop, asking for directions. Higher candidates are required to discuss a situation in more detail, explain a problem, apply for a job by telephone etc. Students then have 2 short conversations, the first on a topic of their choice, the second on a topic chosen by the exam board. Students will be given a full list of possible questions at the start of Year 11. • Coursework - Students submit three pieces of writing on a range of topics, each containing up to 200 words in the target language. Pieces are written at regular intervals throughout Key Stage 4. Students will normally write more than 3 pieces, allowing a choice of their best work. At least one piece must be written in exam conditions. Lessons leading up to each piece will focus on the vocabulary and structures needed to complete the task well. Students will normally produce a draft and the teacher will provide general advice on areas that need improvement. Examples of students’ work and further details on coursework procedures will be available at the Information Evening.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Wollaston School directly.