Listening: understand and respond to spoken language Students are expected to be able to: demonstrate general and specific understanding of different types of spoken language follow and understand clear standard speech using familiar language across a range of specified contexts identify the overall message, key points, details and opinions in a variety of short and longer spoken passages, involving some more complex language, recognising the relationship between past, present and future events deduce meaning from a variety of short and longer spoken texts, involving some complex language and more abstract material, including short narratives and authentic material addressing a wide range of contemporary and cultural themes recognise and respond to key information, important themes and ideas in more extended spoken text, including authentic sources, adapted and abridged, as appropriate, by being able to answer questions, extract information, evaluate and draw conclusions. Speaking: communicate and interact in speech Students are expected to be able to: communicate and interact effectively in speech for a variety of purposes across a range of specified contexts take part in a short conversation, asking and answering questions, and exchanging opinions convey information and narrate events coherently and confidently, using and adapting language for new purposes speak spontaneously, responding to unexpected questions, points of view or situations, sustaining communication by using rephrasing or repair strategies, as appropriate initiate and develop conversations and discussion, producing extended sequences of speech make appropriate and accurate use of a variety of vocabulary and grammatical structures, including some more complex forms, with reference to past, present and future events make creative and more complex use of the language, as appropriate, to express and justify their own thoughts and points of view use accurate pronunciation and intonation to be understood by a native speaker. Reading: understand and respond to written language Students are expected to be able to: understand and respond to different types of written language understand general and specific details within texts using high frequency familiar language across a range of contexts identify the overall message, key points, details and opinions in a variety of short and longer written passages, involving some more complex language and recognising the relationship between past, present and future events deduce meaning from a variety of short and longer written texts from a range of specified contexts, including authentic sources involving some complex language and unfamiliar material, as well as short narratives and authentic material addressing relevant contemporary and cultural themes recognise and respond to key information, important themes and ideas in more extended written text and authentic sources, including some extracts from relevant abridged or adapted literary texts demonstrate understanding by being able to scan for particular information, organise and present relevant details, draw inferences in context and recognise implicit meaning where appropriate translate a short passage from French into English. Writing: communicate in writing Students are expected to be able to: communicate effectively in writing for a variety of purposes across a range of specified contexts write short texts, using simple sentences and familiar language accurately to convey meaning and exchange information produce clear and coherent text of extended length to present facts and express ideas and opinions appropriately for different purposes and in different settings make accurate use of a variety of vocabulary and grammatical structures, including some more complex forms, to describe and narrate with reference to past, present and future events manipulate the language, using and adapting a variety of structures and vocabulary with increasing accuracy and fluency for new purposes, including using appropriate style and register make independent, creative and more complex use of the language, as appropriate, to note down key points, express and justify individual thoughts and points of view, in order to interest, inform or convince translate sentences and short texts from English into French to convey key messages accurately and to apply grammatical knowledge of language and structures in context.
Nounsgender singular and plural forms
2 Articlesdefinite, indefinite and partitive, including use of de after negatives
3 Adjectivesagreement position comparative and superlative: regular and meilleur demonstrative (ce, cet, cette, ces) indefinite (chaque, quelque) possessive interrogative (quel, quelle)
4 Adverbscomparative and superlative regular interrogative (comment, quand) adverbs of time and place (aujourd’hui, demain, ici, là-bas) common adverbial phrases
5 Quantifiers/intensifierstrès, assez, beaucoup, peu, trop
6 Pronounspersonal: all subjects, including on reflexive relative: qui relative: que (R) object: direct (R) and indirect (R) position and order of object pronouns (R) disjunctive/emphatic demonstrative (ça, cela) indefinite (quelqu’un) interrogative (qui, que) use of y, en (R)
7 Verbsregular and irregular verbs, including reflexive verbs all persons of the verb, singular and plural negative forms interrogative forms modes of address: tu, vous impersonal verbs (il faut) verbs followed by an infinitive, with or without a preposition Tenses:
- imperfect: avoir, être and faire
- other common verbs in the imperfect tense (R)
- immediate future
- future (R)
- conditional: vouloir and aimer
- pluperfect (R)
- passive voice: present tense (R)
- present participle.
8 Prepositionscommon prepositions eg à, au, à l', à la, aux; de, du, de l', de la, des; après; avant; avec; chez; contre; dans; depuis; derrière; devant; entre; pendant; pour; sans; sur; sous; vers common compound prepositions eg à côté de; près de; en face de, à cause de; au lieu de
9 Conjunctionscommon coordinating conjunctions eg car; donc; ensuite; et; mais; ou, ou bien, puis common subordinating conjunctions eg comme; lorsque; parce que; puisque; quand; que; si
10 Number, quantity, dates and timeincluding use of depuis with present tense
2 Higher TierStudents entering for Higher Tier assessments will be required to apply all grammar and structures listed for Foundation Tier, in addition to the new grammar and structures listed for Higher Tier.
1 Adjectivescomparative and superlative, including meilleur, pire
2 Adverbscomparative and superlative, including mieux, le mieux
3 Pronounsuse of y, en relative: que relative: dont (R) object: direct and indirect position and order of object pronouns demonstrative (celui) (R) possessive (le mien) (R)
- passive voice: future, imperfect and perfect tenses (R)
- perfect infinitive
- present participle, including use after en
- subjunctive mood: present, in commonly used expressions (R).