Languages are very important in the world we live in and are a great skill you can use for the rest of your life. Foreign language skills are essential for many jobs in global businesses such as computing, marketing, and finance and even engineering. The internet has brought everyone much closer together, so networking with people of different languages from all over the world is really easy. Imagine all the other people you could communicate with and all the amazing places you could travel to or work at and all because you can speak their language. There is 100% external assessment – all papers will be set and marked externally. Tiered papers and 25% assessment weighting per skill. Short translations from and into the target language. Some target language questions in the listening and reading paper.
Authentic stimuli in the reading paper including literary texts. Compulsory themes linked to: identity and culture; local, national, international and global areas of interest; current and future study and employment
Theme 1 : Identity and culture Identity and culture • Who am I? • Daily life • Cultural life
Theme 2 : Local, national, international and global areas of interest Local area, holiday and travel •
Holidays • Travel and tourist transactions • Town, region and country International and global
dimension • Bringing the world together • Environmental issues
Theme 3 : Current and future study and employment School • What school is like • School activities:
Future aspirations, study and work • Using languages beyond the classroom • Ambitions • Work
Listening and Understanding 25%
50 marks Externally assessed,
tiered Foundation tier: 35 mins including 5 mins’ reading time; Higher tier: 45 mins including 5 mins’
70 marks Internally conducted and externally assessed
tiered Foundation tier: 7–9 mins plus 12 mins’ preparation time; 70 marks Higher tier: 10–12 mins
plus 12 mins’ preparation time
Picture based task
50 marks Externally assessed
tiered Foundation tier: 45 mins; Higher tier: 60 mins
3 sections: Section A – 6 questions set in English. Section B – 3 questions set in target language.
(Multiple choice for foundation) Section C – 1 translation passage from target language into English
Writing and understanding 25%
60 marks Externally assessed
tiered Foundation tier: 1 hour 10 mins; 3 open responses and 1 translation into target language;
Higher tier: 1 hour 20 minutes; 2 open responses and 1 translation into target language.