Year 8 — French

Term 1: T’es branché(e)?

In this unit pupils learn to talk extensively about their taste in books and films, describe their use of the internet and the weather, review the regular use of the present tense and learn some of the irregular forms.

For the first assessment of Year 8, students will be tested on Listening, Reading and Writing.

Je regarde / je ne regarde pas

I watch / I don't watch

Les émissions musicales

Music shows

Je ne rate jamais

I never miss

J'ai horreur des ...

I really dislike ...

Sur internet

On the Internet

Hier soir

Last night

Je trouve ça

I find it

Je mets à jour ma page perso

I update my homepage

Mon film/ acteur préféré, c'est

My favourite film/ actor is

J'ai téléchargé des chansons

I downloaded songs

  • Spiritual
  • Moral
  • Social
  • Cultural

Develop the individual:

Students will consider how culture and the media can transcend country boundaries. They will also express their preferences with justification on a range of sources and content.

Create a supportive community:

Students will express their opinions and find commonalities with other individuals, groups and cultures.

Term 2: Paris, je t’adore !

In this unit pupils learn the key language for visiting a foreign city, using on peut and opinions (j’aime + infinitive). They also develop their use of questioning and discover the perfect tense in detail

Students will be assessed on Listening, Reading, Writing and Translation. The assessment will mainly include structures and vocabulary from the current unit, but also recall on prior knowledge.

J'ai passé une semaine à Paris

I spent a week in Paris

Les horaires d'ouverture

The opening times

J'ai voyagé en métro / à pied

I traveled by underground/ on foot

Combien de temps ?

How long?

Fermé les jours fériés

Closed on bank holidays

Je suis rentré(e) chez moi

I went back home

J'ai acheté des souvenirs

I bought souvenirs

Qu'est-ce que tu as fait ?

What did you do?

Une balade en bateau-mouche

A boat trip on the river Seine

Tarif jeune / plein tarif

Price for young people / full price

  • Spiritual
  • Moral
  • Social
  • Cultural

Develop the individual:

Students learn about Paris, its history and its culture, encouraging them to travel and broaden their horizons.

Create a supportive community:

Students will share their experiences of travelling and of other countries and cultures. This is an ideal way to further encourage conversation and develop vocabulary.

Term 3: Mon identité

In this unit pupils learn to talk about themselves extensively, by describing theirs and other people’s personality, hobbies, and taste in music and clothing. Grammar: more on irregular present tense and perfect tense.

Students will be assessed on Listening, Reading, Speaking and Translation. The assessment will mainly include structures and vocabulary from the current unit, but also recall on prior knowledge. For the Speaking, students will prepare answers to a series of questions in lesson prior to the assessment, and will be individually asked these same questions to be assessed on communication, content and pronunciation/ fluency.

Je pense que

I think that

Je suis / je ne suis pas

I am / I am not

Normalement, je porte...

Normally, I wear...

Mes vêtements

My clothes

Qu'est-ce que tu vas porter ?

What are you going to wear?

J'ai un style plutôt chic

My style is rather classy

Ca me rend joyeux/ joyeuse

It makes me happy

Ca me donne envie de ...

It makes me want to ...

Par moments

At times

Ensemble

Together

  • Spiritual
  • Moral
  • Social
  • Cultural

Develop the individual:

Students reflect upon their own relationships and personalities, at a perfect time in the year to create positive changes.

Create a supportive community:

Students can express their feelings more confidently, safe in the knowledge their reflections and ideas will be respected.

Term 4: Chez moi, chez toi

In this unit pupils learn to talk about where they live extensively and about food (eating and shopping), by using il faut+ infinitive. They also approach the near future tense in more detail.

Students will be assessed on Listening, Reading, Writing and Translation. The assessment will mainly include structures and vocabulary from the current unit, but also recall on prior knowledge. Students should be particularly mindful of using and understanding a range of verb tenses.

J'habite dans une jolie maison

I live in a pretty house

Les meubles et les appareils

Furniture and appliances

Le petit déjeuner

Breakfast

Les pièces de la maison

The rooms in the house

Les provisions

Food shopping

Les quantités

Quantities

Une tranche de ...

A slice of ...

Il faut acheter ...

We need to buy ...

dans / devant/ derrière

in / in front of / behind

Chez moi

In my home

  • Spiritual
  • Moral
  • Social
  • Cultural

Develop the individual:

Students learn to describe their home and compare it with homes in other French-speaking countries. They also learn about festivals and food abroad, developing their cultural understanding of the French-speaking world beyond France.

Create a supportive community:

Students can compare their homes and dream homes with each other and with people from other cultures. They can find commonalities in housing, cultures and activities.

Term 5: Quel talent?!

In this unit pupils learn to talk about their particular skills by taking part in a talent show. They express their opinion on the contestants and give them advice, using the imperative.

Students will be assessed on Listening, Reading, Writing and Translation. The assessment will mainly include structures and vocabulary from the current unit, but also recall on prior knowledge. In Writing, pupils should be aiming to use a wide range of vocabulary to demonstrate their ability to use language in a range of contexts.

Mon talent, c'est chanter

My talent is singing

Je veux être magicien(ne)

I want to be a magician

Qui est le meilleur ?

Who is the best?

Tu as raison / tort

You are right / wrong

Participer au concours

To take part in the contest

Fais plus d'efforts !

Make more of an effort!

Chante plus fort !

Sing louder!

Mes rêves et mes ambitions

My dreams and my ambitions

Je peux / Je ne peux pas

I can / I can't

Tu dois avoir confiance en toi

You must be confident

  • Spiritual
  • Moral
  • Social
  • Cultural

Develop the individual:

Students look at similarities in TV culture and art between France and the UK. They can also see how TV culture can influence music.

Create a supportive community:

Students learn to be diplomatic when giving feedback, while we encourage empathy. They also develop their understanding of similarities and differences between cultures.

Term 6: Studio découverte

This unit is about applying French language to explicitly cross-curricular situations: Geography, Science and History, with extensive reading and presentations. Grammar: using a range of tense.

In the End of Year assessment, students will complete Listening, Reading and Translation tasks, and will impress us with their Writing.

This assessment will cover the content we have studied throughout the whole year as well as prior knowledge from Year 7.

La francophonie

French-speaking countries

Les sciences

Science

La Révolution française

The French Revolution

Ce pays se trouve en ...

This country is located in...

Le paysage

The landscape

Il faut + infinitive

You must + verb

La Fête Nationale

The National Holiday (14th July)

Traditionnellement

Traditionally

Attentivement

Carefully

Le climat

The climate

  • Spiritual
  • Moral
  • Social
  • Cultural

Develop the individual:

This cross-curricular unit helps students consider French as a tool for learning rather than just the language being the learning outcome.

Create a supportive community:

Students will take part in a quiz about Paris at the time of the French Revolution, after watching a documentary as homework about it. They will need to work in small groups, in a collaborative manner. Moreover, finding out about communities of languages around the word will place them in a bigger setting and help heir language learning come to life. The Science part of the module will involve creating a method to make something (object, recipe, technique) of their choice. They will need to work collaboratively to ensure the outcome is outstanding.