As this is an International school with a strong emphasis on foreign language learning, students are strongly advised to study either one or two foreign languages at GCSE. This is all the more important since foreign language study is an integral part of the IB Diploma, firmly required within group 2. Assessment at Key Stage 4 Students taking GCSE courses work towards the Edexcel GCSE syllabus NB. Standard Arabic is with the IGCSE Cambridge Board. Throughout Key Stage 4, students receive 4 periods of language per week. Each period is 40 minutes in duration. The Modern Foreign Languages Department does not offer a coursework option as part of the GCSE course. Regular assessments will take place over the two year course. These include formal end of topic assessments, including all four skills, as well as grammar tests. MFL GCSEs : Edexcel course codes French 2FR01 Spanish 2Sp0 German 2Gm01 MFL Arabic 2Ar01 Course outline: AS French, for fluent speakers AS Unit 1: Spoken Expression and Response in French Externally assessed: 8-10 minute assessment in two sections. *Unit code 6FR01 30%of the total As marks 15% of the total GCE(A2 Level) marks Students will be expected to give relevant and appropriate information, convey opinions, interact and respond to a range of questions. They must choose one of the following general topic areas: Youth culture and concerns Lifestyle: health and fitness The world around us: travel, tourism, environmental issues and the French-speaking World Education and employment. Unit 2: Understanding and Written Response in French *Unit code 6FR02 70% of the total AS marks 35% of the total GCE (A2 Level) Externally assessed marks Students convey their understanding of French language texts and recordings. Students produce an essay to demonstrate an ability to manipulate the French language in continuous writing. The unit draws upon four general topic areas: Youth culture and concerns Lifestyle: health and fitness The world around us: travel, tourism, environmental issues and the French-speaking world Education and employment. 2 hour 30 minute paper in three sections (Listen, read, write). MFL at IB Diploma Level. • • Pupils studying a language at I.B Diploma Level may choose MFL at Standard or Higher Levels. Each paper and discipline will be prepared and sat in a series of end-of-term exams but formal assessment will be completed in earnest over the course of Year 13. • • • • Paper/ Title • • Oral Interactive orals 3x15 minutes • • Oral Individual Oral moderated • • Paper 1 Receptive skills • • Duration/ Weighting %/ Assessment mode 10% Internal 15+10 minutes 20% Internal: externally 1hr 30 mins 25% Externally marked Paper 2 1hr 30 mins. Writing productive skills 25% Externally marked Written assignment 20% Externally assessed 3-4 hrs. preparation and controlled reading/writing time. MFL at NCBIS Options KS4:GCSE • • Assessment for GCSE French, Spanish, German. • • • Paper 1 Listening (20%) 5FR/Gm/Sp/Ar 01 Foundation Higher • • 2 Speaking (30%) 5FR/Gm/Sp/Ar 02 • • 3 Reading (20%) 5FR/Gm/Sp/Ar 03 • • Level 30 minutes 40 minutes Graded by outcome F-H. • 2 controlled assessments • each of max. 7 minutes. Foundation Higher 4 Writing (30%) 5FR/Gm/Sp/Ar 04 Time 40 minutes 1 hour Graded by outcome F-H • 2 controlled assessments • each of max. 1 hour MFL at NCBIS Options KS4:GCSE • Assessment for GCSE Arabic (Edexcel) • Paper/ Level/ Time • • • 1 Listening (20%) N/A 50 minutes • • • • 2 Speaking (30%) N/A 2 controlled assessments each of max. 7 minutes. 3 Reading (20%) N/A 55 minutes • 4 Writing (30%) • N/A • 1 hour 15 minutes MFL at NCBIS Options KS4:IGCSE • Assessment for ICGSE Standard Arabic • Paper/Time :each of max. 1 hour • 1 Reading and Directed Writing – 2 hours 15 minutes • 2: Continuous Writing – 1 hour 45 minutes • • Paper 1 is worth 60% of the final grade • Paper 2 is worth 40% of the final grade.