Edexcel gce french (9FR01) Units 1, 2, 3 and 4 French Edexcel scheme of work for French as and A2 examinations

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Edexcel GCE French (9FR01)

Units 1, 2, 3 and 4


Edexcel scheme of work for French AS and A2 examinations.

This Scheme of Work represents a possible guide for teachers and is based around the following Edexcel-approved materials :

Edexcel AS French Bell and McLachlan Heinemann 2008 Student’s Book ( referred to below as SB )

Edexcel AS French Sauvain and Talon Heinemann 2008 Teacher’s Guide ( referred to below as TG )

Edexcel A2 French McLachlan Heinemann 2009 Student’s Book

Edexcel A2 French Irving Heinemann 2009 Teacher’s Guide

Edexcel A Level French Grammar Practice Jacob and Schofield Heinemann 2008 ( referred to below as GP )

Edexcel A Level French Assessment Pack Johnson Heinemann 2008

Other authentic resources and multi-media can be incorporated into lessons, where appropriate. It is recognised that material resources will vary greatly from centre to centre, as will extra teaching assistance in the form of native-speaker Assistants etc. Independent learning activities, conducted in the student’s own time, can also be encouraged.

The intention at AS for the oral component is that students should choose their own focus of study from any of the four General Topic Areas, according to their own preferences. This proves difficult if a purely linear approach is adopted, since students have commonly only covered a couple of Topic Areas by the time they are required to make a definitive choice. Student personal choice is thus limited. This Scheme of Work attempts to maximise the choice by having two Topic Areas taught simultaneously, so that by the time options are taken up students will have been exposed to a good amount of all Topic Areas and will have more options from which they can choose. The Scheme of Work begins with a transition period which in itself gives a taste of all four Topic Areas. Only three weeks have been allotted to this transition period since, at the beginning of a course, students are felt to want to get into the course itself. If it is considered desirable, a little more time can be devoted to this and the programme can be pushed forward by the extra amount of time. In the second half of the programme the opportunity should be given to practise for the specific Topic Area selected for the oral test. The Scheme of Work is based on a team-teaching model in which two teachers are involved. If only one teacher is deployed, the model could still be practised by the teacher assuming both roles and, if a linear approach is favoured, the four modules could simply be covered in order. If it is felt undesirable for one teacher to deal with only two Topic Areas throughout the year, the two tutors can swap at the half-way stage. It should not be felt that a linear approach is considered less appropriate and if a centre finds this easier to manage, it is perfectly acceptable.
T = Teacher W = Week


Content coverage/
key questions

Learning outcomes

Exemplar activities

Exemplar resources

Ti W1

Introduction to Youth Culture : Personal Details

Youth Culture : Technology

Discussion of priorities/ambitions.

Revision of articles, use of the infinitive.

Learn and use the language of IT

Revision of regular present tense

Discussion of what is important to individuals

Write a paragraph on personal hopes and ambitions.

Pick out key words and synonyms

Comprehension and discussion on the uses of IT

Oral presentation on use of the computer

SB Pp. 6-7

TG Pp.8-9

GP Pp.4-5, 12-13.

SB Pp. 8-9

TG Pp. 10-11

GP Pp. 8-9

T1 W2

Youth Culture : Fashion

Lifestyle : Sport

Discussion of fashion

Use adjectives

Learn and use sporting vocabulary

Talk about the ability to practise a range of sports

Appreciate different registers

Revision of the present tense of common irregular verbs

Describe clothes and appearance in speech and writing
Understand and discuss sporting activities

Produce reports in different registers

SB Pp. 10-11

TG Pp. 11-13

GP Pp. 6-7

SB Pp. 12-13

TG Pp.13-16

GP Pp. 10-11

Ti W3

Lifestyle : Health Issues

End of transition period

Develop awareness of health issues which affect the young

Revision of dependent infinitives

Revision of the use of the partitive article

Understand and discuss health advice

Write a short essay on health issues

SB Pp.14-15

TG Pp. 16-18

GP Pp.100-101 ( selected )

Ti W4

Youth Culture : the future

Deal with concepts in the future

Express attitudes

Use the future tense, including common irregular verbs

Develop the skill of paraphrasing

Give views and justify them

Understand and discuss a variety of attitudes to future developments

Prepare notes for a debate on the future

Take part in a debate on the future

SB Pp. 32-33

TG Pp. 30-32

GP Pp. 40-41, 54-55

T1 W5

Youth Culture : Relationships

Learn and use the vocabulary of relationships

Challenge and defend points of view

Understand and use a range of different forms of negation

Comprehend and discuss a range of opposed attitudes to relationships

Explain and justify attitudes to relationships in speech and writing

SB Pp. 34-35

TG Pp. 32-34

GP Pp. 34-36

T1 W6

Youth Culture : peer pressure

Talk about peer pressure, particularly in relation to fashion, relationships and alcohol

Use effectively direct object pronouns with correct word order

Understand and discuss passages on pressure to follow fashion

Write an essay explaining different types of peer pressure experienced by young people

SB Pp. 36-37

TG Pp. 34-35

GP P.38

T1 W7

Youth Culture : family relationships

Extend knowledge of vocabulary of relationships

Talk about family relationships

Use one’s own words in explanations

Use indirect object pronouns

Understand passages concerned with family relationships

In written responses adapt a text using one’s own words

Prepare and conduct interviews with third parties about family relationships

SB Pp. 38-39

TG Pp. 35-37

GP Pp. 38-39


Youth Culture : Drugs

Learn and use the vocabulary of addiction

Produce an imaginary story

Use the imperfect tense

Understand and discuss passages concerning addiction

Exercises to manipulate the Imperfect tense

Identify key details in texts

Write a story of addiction

SB Pp. 40-41

TG Pp. 37-39

GP Pp. 42-43 ( selected )


Lifestyle, Health and fitness : sport and exercise

Learn and use further vocabulary of sport

Match sports to personality

Consolidate formation of the conditional tense

Consider the use of idioms

Apply a ‘ jeu-test ‘ on sport

Discuss the results of the ‘ jeu-test ‘ in speech and in writing

Practise formation of the conditional tense

SB Pp. 60-61

TG Pp. 51-52

GP Pp. 62-63 ( in conjunction with T2 W8 )


Lifestyle : sport and exercise

Use range of adjectives

Learn about extreme sports

Use correct preposition before infinitives

Appreciate two sides of an argument in a debate

Understand passages concerning extreme sports

Discuss and give reactions to extreme sports

Take part in a debate on the banning of extreme sports

SB Pp. 62-63

TG Pp. 52-54

GP Pp. 12-13

T1 W11

Lifestyle : leisure activities

Learn and use vocabulary associated with leisure activities

Use pronouns y and en effectively

Extend ability to paraphrase and use synonyms

Understand and discuss passages on leisure activities

Exercises to use y and en

Practise answering questions using own words

Write an essay on leisure activities

SB Pp. 64-65

TG Pp. 54-56

GP Pp. 58-59


Lifestyle : exercise

Learn about and appreciate changing lifestyles

Use the Imperfect tense further

Illustrate opinions by giving examples

Understand passages on lifestyle

Interview a third party about amount of physical activity practised

Write a comparison of activity levels now and in the past using the present and imperfect tenses

Agree or disagree with statements on activity levels, justifying opinions with examples

SB Pp. 66-67

TG Pp. 56-57

GP Pp. 42-43 ( exercises not used in week 8 )



Revise coverage of topic so far

Appropriate sections of Epreuve orale and Epreuve écrite

SB Pp.80-82

T1 W14

Youth Culture : télé-réalité

Assess reality TV

Anticipate and counter opposing views

Use emphatic pronouns

Understand and discuss opposing views on reality TV

Prepare arguments on both sides of the issue

Write an article giving pros and cons of reality shows

SB Pp.42-43

TG Pp. 39-41

GP Pp. 44-45

T1 W15

Youth Culture : Technology-Internet

Extend and use the vocabulary of technology

Consider the use of the Internet by young people

Use comparisons and superlatives

Use demonstrative adjectives

Practise the use of percentages and fractions

Understand and discuss passages on Internet use

Exercises to practise comparisons and superlatives

Conduct an interview on Internet use

Write a summary of the findings of the interview

Write a reaction to a short article on the dangers of the Internet

SB Pp. 44-45

TG Pp. 41-42

GP Pp. 49-51, 26-27


Youth Culture : Technology-Mobile phones and video games

Extend and use the vocabulary of technology

Assess the use of mobile phones and video games

Use adverbs and demonstrative pronouns

Understand a range of opinions on mobile phones

Attribute ideas to a selection of people and discuss if the ideas are sound, illustrating arguments

Note the formation of adverbs, use adverbs

Reconstitute an article on violence in video games

Write a summary of the article in English

SB Pp. 46-47

TG Pp. 42-45

GP Pp. 46-48, 26-27


Youth Culture : Music

Learn and use the vocabulary associated with music

Discuss musicians and styles of music

Use a combination of the perfect and imperfect tenses

Give opinions on different types of music

Understand passages on French musicians

Research a French musician or musicians, give a presentation on the findings of the research

Write an article on digital music, giving preferences and justifying opinions

Exercises to practise the use of past tenses in combination

SB Pp. 48-49

TG Pp. 45-47

GP Pp. 52-53

T1 W18

Whole topic of Youth Culture

Revision of topic

Complete Epreuve orale and Epreuve écrite on Youth Culture

SB Pp. 54-57

T1 W19

Return to Lifestyle, Health and Fitness : food and diet

Extend and use the vocabulary of food and drink

Assess eating habits

Form si clauses and use them to make hypotheses

Propose solutions to problems

Comprehension passages on diet and obesity

Discuss in speech and writing good eating habits

Explain in writing aspects of obesity

Give an oral presentation on how to solve problems of obesity

SB Pp. 68-69

TG Pp. 58-59

T1 W20

Lifestyle : health issues-diet

Explore question of dieting and weight loss

Use the present participle

Comprehension passages on weight loss

Manipulation exercises on the present participle

Prepare opinions on the influence of celebrities and take part in a discussion of the issue

Write a paragraph of reaction to the influence of celebrities

SB Pp. 70-71

TG Pp. 59-61

GP Pp. 56-57


Lifestyle : health issues-smoking

Consider dangers of smoking and attempts to combat them

Learn and use the imperative

Convey an important message effectively

Discuss passive smoking

Comprehension passages on smoking and advice on how to combat it

Exercises in forming the imperative

Contribute to a spoken anti-smoking campaign

Write an e-mail containing advice on stopping smoking

SB Pp. 72-73

TG Pp. 61-63

GP Pp. 60-61


Lifestyle : further health issues

Extend vocabulary connected to various health issues

Consider prevention campaigns on health issues

Learn and use the passive mood ( for productive purposes use present tense )

Formal letter writing

Comprehension activities on health issues

Give a spoken presentation on ideas to avoid skin cancer

Manipulation exercises on the passive

Write a formal letter giving reaction to health campaigns aimed at the young

SB Pp. 74-75

TG Pp. 63-65

GP Pp. 64-65


Lifestyle : whole topic

Revision of topic

Complete Epreuve orale and Epreuve écrite on Lifestyle, Health and Fitness

SB Pp.80-83

All available time left

Preparation for examination

Perfect examination technique

Revision exercises

Working through specimen assessment material and past papers

Run through of oral test

The examinations themselves

Appropriate parts of the Assessment pack

Past papers of present specification and suitably adapted past papers from legacy specification

Sample assessment materials booklet


Introduction to Education and Employment : The school system

Education and Employment : introduction to jobs

Learn and use education vocabulary, Understand in outline the French school system

Recognise and use question forms, Learn the vocabulary of the world of work, Understand career choices, Use the perfect tense of regular and common irregular verbs with avoir as the auxiliary verb

Understand and form questions in speech and writing

Respond to questions about a familiar school system

Understand and discuss passages on various careers

Practise using the perfect tense in speech and in writing

Practise note-taking

SB Pp.16-17

TG Pp. 18-20

GP Pp. 16-17

SB Pp. 18-19

TG Pp. 20-22

GP Pp. 20-22


Introduction to The World around us : travel

The World around us : holidays

Describe a journey

Use the perfect tense with verbs which take être as the auxiliary verb

Discuss holidays

Revise reflexive verbs

Use the immediate future tense

Conduct an interview with travellers

Produce a piece of creative writing about a journey

Interpret and explain statistics on holidays

Summarise a text concerning a journey

Give a presentation on holiday plans

SB Pp. 20-21

TG Pp. 22-24

GP Pp. 23-25
SB Pp. 22-23

TG Pp. 24-27

GP Pp.28-28, 30-31


The World around us : pollution

End of transition period

Learn and use the vocabulary of pollution

Gain familiarity with the type of questions used in Part A of the oral test

Understand and use relative pronouns

Discuss ahort text and give opinions on it

Respond to prescribed questions on the text

SB Pp. 24-25

TG Pp. 27-28

GP Pp. 32-33


Education and Employment : schooling

Extend vocabulary of school life

Gain further insight into the French education system and examination options

Revise the present tense

Handle numbers effectively

Vocabulary exercises to use specialised education lexis

Understand texts concerning school organisation and qualifications

Explain the school system in speech and in writing

SB Pp. 86-87

TG Pp. 70-72

GP Pp. 8-11 and selected revision exercises


Education and Employment : student issues

Consider concerns of sixth-formers

Learn to form the present subjunctive

Apply the present subjunctive with expressions of necessity

Expand knowledge of ways of expressing opinions

Understand passages dealing with student complaints

Manipulation exercises with the subjunctive

Exercises to use the present subjunctive

Discuss educational problems

Produce a poster calling for school reforms

SB Pp. 88-89

TG Pp. 72-74

GP Pp. 70-71 ( selected exercises )


Education and Employment : school routine

Discuss school routine

Justify opinions on aspects of education

Learn further uses of the subjunctive

Express doubts, possibilities and wishes

Comprehension of texts on boarding at school

Identify uses of the subjunctive

Write an essay on personal attitude to the French school system with justification of points of view

SB Pp. 90-91

TG Pp. 74-77

GP Pp. 70-71 ( selected exercises )


Education and Employment : schooling

Gain insight into the history of education and the concept of laïcité

Envisage the future of education

Consider public and private education

Revise use of the conditional tense

Express hypotheses

Gain further insight into requirements of Part A of the oral test

Understand and discuss passages on features of education

Manipulate conditional clauses

Discuss school improvements by use of si clauses

Write reactions to features of education, expressing and justifying views

SB Pp. 92-93

TG Pp. 77-78

GP Pp.62-63

SB Pp. 106-107 ( selected sections )


The World around us : the French-speaking world

Learn about francophone areas

Gain facility with numbers

Deal with indirect speech

Do research in French-language material

Understand and discuss passages on Francophone areas

Research a Francophone country

Give an oral presentation on findings of research

Choose correct tenses in passages of indirect speech

SB Pp. 112-113

TG Pp. 90-92

GP Pp. 72-73


The World around us : travel/holidays

Learn and use vocabulary of holiday-making

Understand reasons for going on different types of holiday

Use conjunctions to produce more complex sentences

Comprehension of passages on holidays

Link two short sentences to produce one more complex sentence

Write an essay on holiday preferences, explaining choices by use of examples

SB Pp. 114-115

TG Pp. Pp.92-94


The World around us : travel

Relate a journey

Recognise the past historic tense

See past historic in use with a combination of other tenses

Write a blog

Understand passages on travel written in the past historic

Produce or continue a blog on a journey using either the perfect or the past historic tenses

SB Pp. 116-117

TG Pp. 94-95

GP Pp. 76-77


The World around us : transport

Learn and use the vocabulary of transport

Consider the advantages and disadvantages of various forms of transport

Use indefinite pronouns

Understand passages on transport

Take part in an interview on modes of transport

In writing lay out advantages and disadvantages of various means of undertaking a journey

Choose between options and justify choice

SB Pp. 118-119

TG Pp. 95-98

T2 W13

The World around us : pollution
Students should now be able to make an informed choice of which General Topic Area they wish to use for the oral test

Learn and use language of pollution

Gain insight in how to reduce CO2 emissions

Use more examples of à and de followed by infinitive

Adopt and defend a point of view

Understand and discuss ways of reducing traffic pollution

Adopt a point of view on pollution related issues, defend and justify point of view

SB Pp. 120-121

TG Pp. 98-99

GP Pp. 12-13


Return to Education and Employment : higher education

Learn about higher education in France

Assess advantages and disadvantages of a situation

Use temporal prepositions, including depuis and resultant construction

Attribute opinions to various people

Understand and discuss possibilities in higher education

Apply temporal constructions in a short translation

SB Pp. 94-95

TG Pp. 78-81


Education and Employment : the world of work

Learn and use the vocabulary of employment

Deal with a wide range of career choices

Use a number of tenses and moods together

Make suggestions

Use a ‘ jeu-test ‘ to understand career possibilities

Apply ‘ jeu-test ‘ to third party, suggest suitable careers

Match ideas on future careers to a range of people

Write a letter on job preferences and aspirations using a combination of tenses and moods

SB Pp. 96-97

TG Pp. 81-82


Education and Employment : the world of work

Extend employment vocabulary

Gain insight into new ways of working

Learn and use the pluperfect tense

Debate working practices

Understand passages about working practices

Exercises to manipulate the pluperfect tense

Discuss advantages and disadvantages of working practices

Prepare opinions on a range of issues concerning working practices

SB Pp. 98-99

TG Pp. 82-84

GP Pp. 66-67

T2 W17

Education and Employment : the world of work

Appreciate problems concerned with the world of work

Learn and use the perfect infinitive

Examine a range of passages to identify work-related problems

Research meaning of acronyms used in the world of work

In writing explore hopes and fears associated with future professional life

SB Pp. 100-101

TG Pp. 84-85

GP Pp. 68-69


Whole topic of Education and Employment

Revision of topic

Complete Epreuve orale and Epreuve écrite on Education and Employment

SB Pp. 106-109


Return to The World around us : climate change/global warming

Learn and use climate vocabulary

Understand causes of global warming

Recognise the future perfect tense

Gain facility with high numbers

Comprehension of passages on climate change

Interpret and discuss graphics containing statistics

Write an article to make people aware of global warming

SB Pp. 122-123

TG Pp. 99-101


The world around us : natural disasters

Learn and use vocabulary associated with natural disasters

Use a combination of present, future and past tenses

Produce a brochure

Comprehension passages on natural disasters

Note-taking from spoken passage on natural disaster

Prepare a spoken radio report from notes on a given disaster

Write a brochure informing people about the consequences of global warming and the need to lessen its impact

SB Pp. 124-125

TG Pp. 101-102

GP P.114 Ex.3, P. 115 Ex.4


The World around us : pollution and recycling

Extend vocabulary on the environment

Consider ways of protecting the environment

Recognise the perfect conditional tense

Convince and persuade

Comprehension passages on the environment

Discuss possible ways of contributing to the protection of the environment

Prepare a presentation to persuade people that protection of the environment is possible on a personal and collective level

SB Pp. 126-127

TG Pp. 102-104


The World around us : environmental issues

Consider ways of saving the planet

Learn and use impersonal verbs

Use faire plus infinitive

Comprehension passages on the environment

Exercises to use impersonal verbs

Discuss and give reactions to opinions on the environment

Write an article about pressing environmental issues

SB Pp. 128-129

TG Pp. 104-106

GP Pp. 74-75

T2 W23

The whole topic of The World around us

Revision of topic

Complete Epreuve orale and Epreuve écrite on The World around us

SB Pp. 134-137

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