IGCSE French- 0520 Handbook 2021-23
This syllabus is designed for students who are learning French as a foreign language. The aim is to develop an ability to use the language effectively for practical communication. The course is based on the linked language skills of listening, reading, speaking and writing, and these are built on as learners’ progress through their studies.
The syllabus also aims to offer insights into the culture of countries where French is spoken, thus encouraging positive attitudes towards language learning and towards speakers of other languages.
The aims describe the purposes of a course based on this syllabus. The aims are to enable students to:
• develop the language proficiency required to communicate effectively in French at level A2 (CEFR Basic User), with elements of level B1 (CEFR Independent User)
• offer insights into the culture and society of countries and communities where French is spoken
• develop awareness of the nature of language and language learning
• encourage positive attitudes towards speakers of other languages and a sympathetic approach to other cultures
• provide enjoyment and intellectual stimulation
• develop transferable skills (e.g. memorizing, drawing of inferences) to complement other areas of the curriculum
• form a sound base of the skills, language and attitudes required for progression to work or further study, either in French or another subject area.
The subject content is organised in five broad topic areas (A–E below). These provide contexts for the acquisition of vocabulary and the study of grammar and structures. The study of these topic areas enables students to gain an insight into countries and communities where French is spoken.
A. Everyday activities
B. Personal and social life
C. The world around us
D. The world of work
E. The international world
The syllabus gives students opportunities to develop and apply a wide range of foreign language skills. Candidates will be expected to read and understand a variety of written and spoken texts on familiar topics. Candidates will be required to demonstrate understanding of the main ideas, opinions and attitudes, as well as select and extract relevant details and deduce the meaning of occasional unknown words from context.
They will also have opportunities to write in French on familiar, everyday topics, and to speak the language by taking part in everyday conversations.
Candidates will be required to show knowledge and understanding of the broad topic areas listed below. These provide contexts for the acquisition of vocabulary and the study of grammar and structures. Through the study of these broad topic areas, candidates gain insight into the cultures of countries and communities where French is spoken. The sub-topics listed are provided as examples of what teachers may choose to focus on. They are examples only and are not intended to be prescriptive or exhaustive.
Area Topic Areas
A Everyday activities
• Time expressions (e.g. telling the time, days, days of the week, months, seasons)
• Food and drink (e.g. meals, fruit and vegetables, meat, fish and seafood, snacks, drinks, cutlery and utensils)
• The human body and health (e.g. parts of the body, health and illness)
• Travel and transport
B Personal and social life
• Self, family and friends
• In the home (e.g. rooms, living room, kitchen, bedroom, bathroom, furniture and furnishings, garden, household appliances)
• Clothes and accessories
• Leisure time (e.g. things to do, hobbies, sport)
C The world around us
• People and places (e.g. continents, countries and nationalities, compass points)
• The natural world, the environment, the climate and the weather
• Communications and technology (e.g. the digital world, documents and texts)
• The built environment (e.g. buildings and services, urban areas, shopping)
• Measurements (e.g. size, shape)
D The world of work
• Education (e.g. learning institutions, education and training, the classroom, learning tools, subjects, studying)
• Work (e.g. jobs and careers, the workplace)
E The international world
• Countries, nationalities and languages
• Culture, customs, faiths and celebrations