Good Progress for All


Mrs Grimes

Welcome to the Languages Faculty at New College Leicester.

In a modern, globalised world with complex international business and economic relationships, it is not sufficient to communicate solely through English – it is estimated that more than 70% of the world’s population does not speak English and that languages, such as French, are vital to the careers of today’s young people. Furthermore, in light of the referendum and the decision of British people to leave the EU, it is clear that languages will now be a much coveted skill, as the need to communicate and negotiate with our European counterparts becomes all too evident.

Thus, at New College Leicester, we are delighted to offer French at Key stage 3 and 4 and are excited to engage our French learners with an exciting new curriculum, which focuses on skills such as translation – a talent that is becoming increasingly sought and develops and further enhances knowledge in the area of poetry and great French literary works. Moreover, we offer the possibility of an EBacc qualification, something which makes candidates an attractive prospect for universities, colleges and future employers.

Below is an overview of the multifarious topics covered throughout Key stage 3 & 4:

Key Stage 3

Year 7 Year 8
Autumn Term Self, family and friends
Media and modern technology
Paris and talking about travelling
Spring Term Hobbies
Where you live
Relationships, music and fashion
Describing your local area
Summer Term Holidays
Year 7 project
Talking about your talents
Year 8 project

Year 7 Week by Week Overview.
Year 8 Week by Week Overview.
Key Stage 4AQA GCSE French (Syllabus Number 4655)

Year 9 Year 10 Year 11
Autumn Term Social life as a teenager
Healthy living
Me, my family and friends
Technology in everyday life
Speaking controlled assessment
Spring Term World of work
Free-time activities
Customs and festivals
Reading and Listening skills
Exam practice
Summer Term What’s important to you
Year 9 project
Home, town and local area
Social issues
GCSE Reading and Listening exams

Year 9 Week by Week Overview.
Although French is the main language taught at New College Leicester, we also offer a Spanish club for all students at lunchtimes. This has proven very popular amongst lots of students as we prepare them to be able to communicate for a holiday in Spain. We also provide students, for whom English is an additional language, the opportunity to take a GCSE in their home language. We are currently offering Polish, Greek, Persian, Russian, Portuguese, Chinese, Gujarati, Punjabi, Bengali, German, Italian, Dutch and Turkish GCSEs.

Learning a foreign language is very important. Languages improve the quality of students’ lives and their understanding of how other people live and think. It may also improve their ability to find a job with many employers now looking for employees with language skills.

Languages for life! Languages for all!

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Thank you,

Mrs C Grimes – Head of Languages

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