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New GCSE - how is it?

Discussion in 'Modern foreign languages' started by Abs82, May 14, 2017.

  1. Abs82

    Abs82 New commenter

    Hi all,
    I'm not in the classroom any more and so I haven't got any experience of the new GCSE. How are you finding it....how are your students finding it? I'd be really interested to hear from those in the know. Do you think the students will end up with a better level of language?
    Thanks for satisfying my curiosity ;-)
  2. BrightonEarly

    BrightonEarly Occasional commenter

    It has a lot in common with the GCSE that existed before coursework and then controlled assessments came into being. Translation was something I did for my 'O levels' - way back in the Dark Ages - so elements of that qualification as well. I did think they would bring dictation back. Perhaps next time!
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  3. parkert

    parkert New commenter

    I agree. I do find it extremely intense. So much content and grammar. I teach MFL. What they used to do in Y11/12 is now in Y9! It's very stressful
  4. Abs82

    Abs82 New commenter

    Really Parkert? That's a bit mad (the Yr 9 thing). I did suspect it would be pretty intense.... Must be a steep learning curve.
  5. cake4tea

    cake4tea New commenter

    Is anyone else finding that Y10 pupils are coming out with sub 50% marks on the GCSE specimen papers? Some of the answers required for listening and reading seem to be very specific, almost needing the ability to read the examiner's mind. Some fnding it difficult to access the questions in the W papers.
  6. parkert

    parkert New commenter

    yes indeed! You're not alone. I'm doing so much help work in class - always having the script up when listening through the text book on the 2nd time through, annotating reading texts etc, lots of vocab learning. It's a nightmare
  7. parkert

    parkert New commenter

    Everyone is saying it. It's all come down by 2 years - even in the primary school where my wife works
  8. cake4tea

    cake4tea New commenter

    Thank goodness it's not just me. I'm tearing out the small amount of hair which is still stuck to my head!!
  9. taradh

    taradh New commenter

    Also, how many topics have you all covered ? I am using the Oxford AQA book and am only on the fifth out of twelve (done: family and friends, technology, free time, customs and currently on house and home). Spending so long on grammar, translating, roleplays/describing photos and tackling the super hard listenings and readings in the book. I am also having to put transcripts up after second time of listening and having to go through reading texts in great detail because of the really tricky vocab.
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  10. parkert

    parkert New commenter

    We use Pearson Edexcel. Y9 - just finishing Mod 2. Y10, who started in Y9, - just finishing Mod 5. We are starting the course in Y8 in Sept - Mod 1 only with lots and lots of background support etc. I am finding that each double-page spread has about 5 LOs!
  11. parkert

    parkert New commenter

    Yep. Exactly the same here. Colleagues in other local schools are saying the same.
  12. Random175

    Random175 New commenter

    Agreed it is intense, but I am not doing the reading and listening exercises in the book. I have been creating my own exercises to train them to read and listen. I have only just started using the readings in the book with my year 10s but then again many of them are relatively weak.
  13. parkert

    parkert New commenter

    Same here. The texts are too challenging at this stage for our Y9s. We are doing lots and lots of repetition and practice of key grammar points
  14. cake4tea

    cake4tea New commenter

    Just finished house and home, but major issue for me is lack of effort / ability to learn vocab accurately.
  15. minka1

    minka1 Occasional commenter

    Can I ask which methods you use to teach vocabulary?
  16. laloca

    laloca New commenter

    Yes; how reassuring to know it's not just our students. I have a mixed-ability Spanish class and 16 out of 28 only just managed to get above 50%. They are a hard-working, generally well-motivated group so I don't want to crush them. We have to do reports in the second week back in September, with predicted grades, but not having grade boundaries is making it impossible to judge what to put. In Maths and Science they seem to be going for 85% = grade 9, 75% = 8, etc but, as we know, in languages it's not that predictable. If anyone has any ideas, please post them.
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  17. toadman

    toadman Occasional commenter

    We have been using the purple revise guide materials which are targeted at grades- our 10s like them as they can do the ones we have set- good for encouraging success and self-image as well as confidence.
  18. veverett

    veverett Occasional commenter

    I've posted this video to help GCSE Spanish (or French) pupils get to grips with what the subjunctive is for
  19. gsglover

    gsglover Occasional commenter

    Enjoyed it
  20. veverett

    veverett Occasional commenter

    Talked to Y11 about GCSE speaking exam using football analogy. You are NOT the goalie. The examiner is NOT taking penalties at you trying to beat you. You (the pupil) are the striker. The examiner's questions are corners for you to put into the open goal. Every time. What opportunity does the question offer? Opinion, past, future, subjunctive? Head it into the net. And then thump it back in again and again until another one comes over.
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