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GCSE 1 year MFLcourse? Possible?

Discussion in 'Modern foreign languages' started by kerryl20, Jan 18, 2012.

  1. Hello,
    Just after some advice really! I have been <u>told</u> today (by SMT) that we will be offering our Yr 10s (who are on an accelerated curriculum and due to finish exams this year!) the option to select an intense course in French, Spanish and possibly German in Yr 11 - to be studied in one academic year, 5 hours a week...from scratch!! Does anyone have any experience of this sort of course? Is this enough time to cover everything?
    My other concern is which exam board to choose...controlled assessment take so much time with prep and then actual assessment etc. How can we possibly fit it into one year?
    Thanks for any advice!!
    Kerry
     
  2. Hello,
    Just after some advice really! I have been <u>told</u> today (by SMT) that we will be offering our Yr 10s (who are on an accelerated curriculum and due to finish exams this year!) the option to select an intense course in French, Spanish and possibly German in Yr 11 - to be studied in one academic year, 5 hours a week...from scratch!! Does anyone have any experience of this sort of course? Is this enough time to cover everything?
    My other concern is which exam board to choose...controlled assessment take so much time with prep and then actual assessment etc. How can we possibly fit it into one year?
    Thanks for any advice!!
    Kerry
     
  3. rosaespanola

    rosaespanola New commenter

    I taught a 2 year GCSE course from scratch last year, on 2 hours a week, and we managed to cover everything, so I'd say it's definitely possible provided you have a small class who are motivated and prepared to put in work at home. The main thing my group found with doing it in a short time was that we didn't have time to go over the basic stuff that they'd normally do in Y7-8, like days of the week, numbers and so on - I gave them a list of things they'd need to know that wouldn't be covered as part of the GCSE topics and they used websites like Linguascope to learn this vocab themselves.
    By the end of year 11, in terms of grammar & speaking skills my class were way beyond the group who'd done French since year 7, but they didn't have the bank of vocab that the other group had built up over the years, so they did much better on the controlled assessments than they did on the exams and came out with Bs and Cs overall. Two went on to do French for A level and are apparently doing well.
     
  4. sam enerve

    sam enerve New commenter

    You will not get time to teach a full GCSE course and complete controlled assessments in one year, even on 5 hours a week. In the olden days before CA it may have been possible with the best students but I honestly don't think it can be done properly. I guess that none of your SMT are language specialists or realise just how much work you (and the students) will have to do.
     
  5. slick

    slick New commenter

    Short course GCSE.... worth 1/2 GCSE.... in AQA. Do reading and speaking OR listening and writing. Might be more possible than whole of GCSE.
    Not sure how many assignment pieces to be done however. Worth a look
     
  6. Yes, it is possible. Every year I teach a GCSE MFL in 1 year from scratch (Y11) and that is from 3.5 hours a week of contact time. It's really exhilarating and fast-paced stuff. The pupils have to be of above average ability for it to work well.
    Having to do 4 CAs has made it harder because you have to them all in the Spring term (unless you fancy a mad scramble to get them done in the week after Easter). The trick is to teach a topic really well, give them fantastic notes and get them to do the CA immediately afterwards. No time for practice CAs - get it right first time.
    And set lots of grammar exercises for homework and vocab tests of course.
    Good luck.
     
  7. Hi,

    OCR and AQA both do short courses. In both reading and writing or speaking and listening. (however I do believe AQA also do reading and listening). It is also possible to teach a full short course over a year and cover the basics but pupils have to put the added work in at home. We have an hour a week (might be getting increased) and we are making great time and just about to complete our first CA with the second being in March, this gives us until June to focus on the exam.

    Personally I would recommend OCR, we use them :p

    Wish you luck!!

    Macauley :)
     
  8. Thanks so much for all of your replies. I'm just going through all of the different exam boards and options now.....i have a Yr 10 options eve on Weds where i have to present our new course to Parents!! Doesn't give me long....i will definately consider the shrt course, i'm concerned that our students just won't want to put the extra effort in for a full course! (if our Yr 9/10's are anything to go by!)
     
  9. BrightonEarly

    BrightonEarly Occasional commenter

    I agree that building bank of basic vocab is where the accelerated GCSE students seem to fall a bit short. Love teaching my group - they are so motivated, they feel very privileged as a group which helps. I steer them towards my website to build vocab - they can independently work their way through any of the basics without any help from me.
    http://www.suttonhighmfl.110mb.com/
     

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