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75% of the world's population speaks no English at all.
Our society is changing. With the Internet instantaneous communication happens all the time. In business terms, we no longer compete with each other just within the UK; we compete with the whole world. Companies of all sizes are responding to this challenge by learning to speak their customer’s language. More and more businesses work closely with companies in other countries. They need many different kinds of workers who can communicate in different languages and understand other cultures.
No matter what career, if you have learnt a modern language, you will have a real advantage. People in jobs who know other languages are called on to travel and exchange information with people in other countries throughout their careers. Competition for jobs is fierce. Employers are searching for any asset that separates us from the rest of the crowd. A modern foreign language is that asset.
What does learning a language say about me?
Learning a language at GCSE allows you to develop your communication skills as well as your grammatical understanding and your analytical, problem solving skills. In addition, you will learn more about the history and culture of the countries where the foreign language is spoken.
Need some more convincing?
What languages are on offer at Chiltern Edge?
We offer GCSE French and German. Students can opt to take one or both languages as a "dual" option. Most students take the full course option which covers the 4 skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing. A few students take a short course option, either in listening and speaking or reading and writing.
How are languages assessed?
The four skills carry the following weightings:
Listening and reading is assessed through an examination at either Foundation or Higher tier towards the end of Year 11. Speaking and writing is assessed by controlled assessment tasks completed at various stages throughout Key Stage 4.
Click on the link below, choose a person, type in your first name and click "Et hop, on y va". Go through every month. What are we advised to do each month to protect the environment? By clicking on "go" you'll get extra information. Note down the advice for each month in English in your exercise book.
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"Avoir" (to have) is a really important verb in French, one that you'll need to use in almost any situation. To help you learn it from memory click on the link below and use the activities to help you practise:
9fr1 have been learning about Fairtrade, or "le commerce équitable" in French lessons recently. For a homework task, they were asked to answer the following question: "Qu'est-ce que c'est le commerce équitable?"
Take a look at what they thought by clicking on the link below:
This year, Tuesday 21st February will be Mardi Gras in France, literally "Fat Tuesday", which is the French equivalent of our Pancake Day or "Shrove Tuesday. Why do you think it's called Mardi Gras? Well, it's the day before Lent (le carême), traditionally a period of fasting, so it's the day when traditionally all the fatty food is eaten before Lent starts. And yes, just like in the United Kingdom, pancakes (les crèpes) are eaten, as well as doughnuts (les beignets) and waffles (les gauffres).
Could you follow a recipe in French for making "les crèpes"? Click on the link below, choose a recipe and see if you can follow it. Let me know how you get on!
In the period between Epiphany and Mardi Gras carnivals take place in many countries around the world, including France. Most of these carnivals take place in the two week period before Mardi Gras. One of the most famous carnivals is the Carnaval de Nice, which takes place in Nice on the French Riviera. This year the carnival takes place from the 17th February to 4th March and will attract over 1 million visitors.
During the carnival there are corsi carnavalesques (parades), where floats are decorated according to a theme chosen each year. The floats carry gigantic colourful figures made from papier maché. The most famous and unique parade is the Bataille de Fleurs (Battle of the Flowers). In this parade twenty floats are decorated the previous night with thousands of flowers, 90% of which are grown locally. During the procession the people on the floats throw flowers at the crowds. These "battles" are staged on the same theme as the whole carnival. This year the theme is Roi du Sport (King of Sport).
To find out more about this year's carnival click on the link below: