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Welcome to Modern Foreign Language

French is taught to all pupils in KS3 with an option to continue to GCSE. With the globalisation of commerce, cheaper foreign travel and the opening of employment markets, languages have never played such a vital role in people’s working lives. The Modern Foreign Languages department aims to provide a wide cultural understanding of Francophone countries whilst equipping students with the ability to communicate in a foreign language, putting them at an advantage both in the fields of business and of further and higher education. In addition it makes foreign travel more rewarding and informative.

Years 7 & 8

All students follow a two-year French course KS3 studying for 1 hour per week. The curriculum focuses on developing transferable skills, with the emphasis placed on oral skills and active learning in order to encourage students to become thoroughly immersed in the language.

Year 9

Students will have increased opportunities to develop their language further as they will now have 3 hours of French each week. The emphasis is on building the skills and knowledge required for GCSE and beyond. This year will enable students to develop a richer and more complex use of language. They will become more aware of the culture and traditions of countries other than France where French is spoken. As well as language development, students will also be expected to speak French in the classroom with much more frequency.

Years 10 & 11

Students are assessed in all four skills; Listening and Reading through terminal examination and Writing and Speaking through controlled assessment. Listening and Reading comprise 40% of the final exam whereas Speaking and Writing each account for 30%. A minimum of two written and two spoken assessments must be undertaken during the 2 year course. It is envisaged that students will complete more than two pieces in each skill to enable us to submit their best pieces of work. Typically, this will involve completing at least one Controlled Assessment for Writing and one for Speaking in Year 10, and the remaining Controlled Assessments in Year 11. A range of topics are covered as defined by the AQA specification.


Netherhall High School
Netherhall Avenue,

Tel: 01484 382140 
Email info@nlconline.org.uk

Named contact for queries: Joanne Ainley ainleyj@nlconline.org.uk

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About the NLC

NLC consists of four schools, covering a full range of ability from 3 - 19 years. Each school has its own distinctive ethos and identity but all share the common goal of catering to the specific needs of each student.