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Cambridge IGCSE French 0520

Summary of course content

This course aims 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. memorising, 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.

Areas of Study

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

How the course is assessed

You will be assessed at the end of the course using four compulsory components (examinations):
1

Paper 1
– Listening

2

Paper 2
– Reading

3

Paper 3
– Speaking

4

Paper 4
– Writing

Guided Learning Hours

We design Cambridge IGCSE syllabuses based on learners having about 130 guided learning hours for each subject during the course but this is for guidance only. The number of hours a learner needs to achieve the qualification may vary according to local practice and their previous experience of the subject. (SYLLABUS FOUND ONLINE)

Course code 0520
Level IGCSE
Syllabus

Required textbook

French as a Foreign Language for Cambridge IGCSE coursebook, Cambridge University Press, Danièle Bourdais, Geneviève Talon, ISBN 9781108710015. You can find the textbook here.