Thursday, 15 April 2021

GCSE Common errors in higher written papers.

Here's a link to a post on my rarely-used teaching site , which in turn has links to

(1) a ridiculously long Ppt

(2) a word doc +

(3) 21 Textivate translation tasks [user-defined gap-fill]

I do hope someone else can make use of it! My idea is to use the ppt as a template for future feedback.

Thanks to Martin Lapworth of Textivate who has created such a fantastic authoring package.

Sunday, 4 April 2021

GCSE MFL Subject Content Review 2021: French Grammar - Verbs

Key reference documents

DfE consultation document: https://consult.education.gov.uk/ebacc-and-arts-and-humanities-team/gcse-mfl-subject-content-review/

DfE consultation online: https://consult.education.gov.uk/ebacc-and-arts-and-humanities-team/gcse-mfl-subject-content-review/consultation/intro/

OFQUAL consultation: https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/revised-gcse-qualifications-in-modern-foreign-languages/revised-gcse-qualifications-in-modern-foreign-languages

ALL response

In response to the DfE and Ofqual consultations on the proposed new GCSE Subejct content, I am working along with other ALL Management Board members to support members with information and to collect members' views. Here is a link to the first webinar page, with recording, related documents.

The 2nd webinar is on Thursday 22nd April to gather ALL members' views.  Register here.

Ongoing analysis to inform response

I'll use this blog to share some further analysis and I invite people to let me know  I have misunderstood anything.  The formatting seems to be a bit odd when I copy and paste.  Here's a link to download as a word doc.

This work was done to see if the grammar indications were clear.  I think most are but I do have some queries / notes:

Queries

  • When listed in vocabulary, do they appear alongside pronouns?  If yes,  will pronouns count as additional words?
  • P10 – Note frequency of example given of present indicative verb ‘walk’ - marcher 1532) / se promener (2928)
  • P11 – Ref: modals  - definition of highly inflected modals required  - which ones?  All?
  • P14 – Imperative – definition of ‘regular’ needed – does this include -er and high frequency?
  • Note: Recevoir (no cedilla)
  • Note : connaitre (reformed spelling does not require an accent)


GCSE 2021 Subject Content proposals:

French Grammar Appendix

Verbs

 

KEY

All persons singular and plural listed only as infinitives in the Vocabulary list unless otherwise specified:

V = Conjugations in vocab list

Sg = singular

Pl = plural

1st = 1st person

2nd = 2nd person

 

Type

Foundation Verbs

Foundation persons+ tense

Higher verbs

[added to F]

Higher persons + tense[added to F]

Regular -er

 

 

Present

2nd Imperative

Perfect

Periphrastic

Sg Imperfect

 

 

Future

Sg: Conditional

Imperfect

1st pl Imperative

Present participle (en +pp)

Passive present

Non -er

High frequency pattern

 

1 choisir

2 entendre

3 lire

4 offrir

5 prendre

6 partir

7 venir

 

Present

2nd Imperative Perfect

Periphrastic

 

8.      Connaitre

9.      Écrire

10.  recevoir

Present

Past participle

Present participle (en +pres part)

1st pl Imperative / periphrastic/ not mentioned for 8,9 10

 

High frequency irregular

faire

V: Present

V: Imperative

V: Irreg past participle

V: Imperfect sg

V: Sg Conditional

 

V: Sg Future

High frequency irregular  

être

V: Present

V: Irreg past participle

V: Sg Imperfect

V: Sg Conditional

 

V: Sg Future

V: Imperative

High frequency irregular

aller

V: Present V:Imperative

V: Irreg past participle

V: Imperfect sg

V: Sg Conditional

 

V: Sg Future

High frequency irregular

avoir

V: Present

V: Imperative

V: Irreg past participle

V: Imperfect sg

V: Sg Conditional

V: Il y aura

 

V: Sg Future

High frequency irregular

vouloir

V: Sg Conditional

 

 

 

High frequency verbs

1.      boire

2.      connaître

3.      courir

4.      croire

5.      écrire

6.      rire

7.      suivre

8.      voir

V: Sg Present

V: Past participles

 

 

Impersonal verbs:

il y a

il fait + weather

Il faut + inf

Il est - time

 

Il est difficile / facile/ interdit de + inf

Il manque

Il vaut mieux/la peine de +inf

 

Modals

Devoir, pouvoir, savoir, vouloir + inf (V)

Present

]

Perfect – V : Past participles

Reflexive

 

Singular

Not imperative

Reflexive with reflexive and reciprocal meanings e.g. s’écrire, se parler, se regarder

Plural

Periphrastic time

x

x

Être en train de + inf

Venir de + inf

 

Depuis

x

x

 

Present

Infinitive as noun

 

 

 

 

 

Notes

Verbs with stem changes not credit bearing

Queries

When listed in vocabulary, do they appear alongside pronouns?  If yes,  will pronouns count as additional words?

P10 – Note frequency of example given of present indicative verb ‘walk’ (marcher 1532) / se promener (2928)

P11 – Ref: modals  - definition of highly inflected modals required  - which ones?  All?

P14 – Imperative – definition of ‘regular’ needed – does this include -er and high frequency?

Note: Recevoir (no cedilla)

Note : connaitre (reformed spelling does not require an accent)



Tuesday, 26 January 2021

Ofqual and DfE joint consultation January 2021

 DfE and Ofqual published a joint consultation on Friday 15th January 2021 with a closing date of Friday 29th January 2021.

There is an online form to respond to the consultation at the bottom of the linked page.

To assist with understanding the consultation, David Blow prepared a PowerPoint shortly after the consultation was published.  Here is  a link to view/download the PowerPoint.

Since then, and especially in the last few days, there have been a number of articles.  Particularly helpful is the interview in Schools Week with Simon Lebus, the new Interim Chief Regulator and CEO of Ofqual which highlights some of the issues and in particular commits to announcing decisions in the week beginning 22nd February.  Link to the interview.

Other articles  from Schools Week include:

 https://schoolsweek.co.uk/ofquals-proposals-simply-dont-make-the-grade/

 

 https://schoolsweek.co.uk/a-sudden-desire-to-trust-teachers-hints-at-a-poisoned-chalice/


https://schoolsweek.co.uk/a-new-fiasco-in-the-making-the-flaws-with-ofquals-2021-exams-plan

Wednesday, 11 November 2020

Le système éducatif en France, novembre 2020

For some reason I am not allowed to paste a link to my Google Sites into FaceBook.. so I am here as well!

FAO A level Edexcel teachers - Theme 1.2 Education (or anyone interested in the French system of education)

I have spent a ridiculous amout of time finding out about the current French education system (there have been very significant changes over the last three years) -  and I almost dread publishing this post as it may be now that someone says 'it's already been done ...'!  I can console myself I suppose by knowing that through creating these resources I am pretty confident about the topic.

 Here's a link to a blogpost which in turn has an attached word doc with links to PowerPoints and informal video walk-throughs in English and a bit of French (in a YouTube playlist). 

Warning: I have now realised that in some of the videos I did not edit the occasional 'sigh' when I got something wrong and had intended to go back and edit ...!  I will re-do them some time!

Please feel free to share and please please let me know if I have made any mistakes whether in French or content.  I can take it!  Please note that it these are not designed as teaching resources... just as background - but the sources given supply a wealth of authentic source material, ripe for turning  into exercises!  

The following post is posted on my teaching blog here:

Les changements dans la société française.
L’éducation

Le système éducatif en France et les questions estudiantines

 The education system in France has changed considerably over the past 3 years and text books and resources produced over 3 years ago are therefore out of date.

 I hope that the following resources help to give information which will help teachers and students who are preparing for the A level exam.

 You are not expected to know things in great detail or to know precise figures, but you would be expected to know enough to be able to discuss issues arising from the education system, and to show comprehension of education-related texts in listening, reading and translation. 

The more widely you have read in this topic area, the more likely you will understand the context of any text chosen and the technical vocabulary of the topic.

 The core resources are:

(1)   a PowerPoint with hyperlinks to reliable sources - divided into sections to be more easily downloadable (see below)

(2)   video walk-throughs of the PowerPoint, combing explanation and drawing attention to key ideas and vocabulary.(

Printable resources are in my google drive folder here.

*YouTube Playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLpcO4gjCbvuWN3bXi1sDeEbUgJsX0L7Vc

 Quizlet flashcards (may need editing)

Title

Ppt section

Current slides

Length

Index name

*YouTube

INTRO AND INDEX

A

1-3

2:40

01 Intro

https://youtu.be/tR4CAA6TDHM

LES SOURCES

 

 

 

 

 

Les sources

A

4-28

10:00

02 sources

https://youtu.be/COSywuy2MHI

LE CONTEXTE

 

 

 

 

 

L'organisation du système éducatif

 

 

B

29-34

05:00

 

03 organisation

https://youtu.be/7pN0oIU8WXs

Les grands principes du système éducatif

 

B

35-48

05:37

04 grands principes

https://youtu.be/BuQrifC9C_0

La politique actuelle

B

49 - 56

07:08

05 la politique actuelle

https://youtu.be/OF3Bjt0RiSc

L'ÉCOLE

 

 

 

 

 

La maternelle

 

C

57-63

08:41

06 l'école maternelle

https://youtu.be/IwuKEGtRyuE

L'école élémentaire

 

C

64-72

05:40

07 l'école élémentaire

https://youtu.be/hEgb-TqGUrw

Le socle commun

 

D

73-81

14:30

08 le socle commun + le livret scolaire

https://youtu.be/f2VWJiEGArE

LE COLLEGE

 

 

 

 

 

Les cycles et les programmes

E

82 - 87

08:34

09 le college -cycle et programme

https://youtu.be/Mc39HdPFHyE

Une visite animée

E

88

03:02

10 le college -une visite animée

https://youtu.be/AbdnIMAmDG0

Les enseignements

E

89-92

 

11 le college - les enseignements

https://youtu.be/J6-g2W_7Y8Y

L'évaluation

E

93-97

09:31

12 le college evaluation

https://youtu.be/FBF7UCxphq4

L'orientation

E

98-105

07:31

13 le college orientation

https://youtu.be/CnqoDrkVT20

LE LYCÉE

 

 

 

 

 

Overview

F

106-118

15:42

14 le lycée intro

https://youtu.be/6q9__yNginE

le lycée générale et technologique seconde

120 - 177

G

120-134

08:08

15 LEGT 2de

https://youtu.be/U8rLopXqmYs

 

LEGT options 1re et Tle

H

135- 148

08:56

16 LEGT voies

https://youtu.be/JHWmj6eAVtA

LEGT voie générale 1re et Tle

H

149-158

03:59

17 LEGT voie générale

https://youtu.be/hEHkelHzS7E

LEGT voie technologique 1re et Tle

H

159-175

06:52

18 LEGT voie technique

https://youtu.be/aQ2_mxfSM7c

L'Evaluaton du baccalaureat

H

167-175

10:21

19 evaluation bac

https://youtu.be/l7ZYPjbbneQ

Le lycée professionnel

I

178 - 205

12:43

20 LEP intro

https://youtu.be/hEgb-TqGUrw

LEP CAP et BAC

I

192-205

07:53

21 LEP diplomes

https://youtu.be/rODm5XySvRc

PARCOURSUP

 

 

 

 

 

Parcoursup

J

206-213

x

x

x