CE French

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OVERVIEW

We offer Common Entrance (CE) French examinations at 13+, as well as a scholarship (CASE) examination at 13+. Our French specification has been developed by a team of setters made up of highly-experienced and dedicated Heads of Department approved by ISEB’s Academic Committee for Languages.

Our French syllabus aims to help pupils develop the skills to understand the written and spoken language and use the language effectively across a broad range of linguistic activities while encouraging positive attitudes towards the use of foreign languages and towards speakers of foreign languages.

Candidates may use a standard English-French dictionary during the preparation period for speaking exams only. Candidates whose first language is not English may have access to a bilingual translation dictionary, but not in the target language (French). 

In addition to the specification, we recommend that prep schools read the ‘Modern languages listening and speaking instructions and regulations’ document linked in the Documentation section below.

 

French for CE at 13+

We offer the CE French exam at Level 1 and Level 2. Level 1 is aimed at candidates who have studied French for between 30 and 40 hours, or who find the language difficult. Candidates at both levels will sit three papers, in speaking, listening, and reading and writing. 

We advise prep schools to liaise with senior schools about the levels which candidates should sit. They should also ensure that candidates are registered for the right level on the ISEB website, so that the correct examination papers are sent to schools.

French for CASE at 13+

The CASE is designed to challenge the most able students at 13+ in close analysis and interpretation of literary texts. Candidates taking the CASE French exam will sit three papers, in speaking, listening, and reading and writing.

See the French specification below for more details.

DOCUMENTATION & RESOURCES

New French CE/CASE specification (for first teaching from September 2021)

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French CE at 13+ specimen papers

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French Level 1 speaking record sheet

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French Level 1 speaking examiner's mark sheet

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Level 2 speaking record sheet

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Level 2 speaking examiner's mark sheet

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French Moderator's report

MSWORD 91.55 KB
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Modern languages listening and speaking instructions and regulations

PDF 259.44 KB
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CPD: MFL CE at 13+ Twilight Session (2021)

PDF 1.44 MB
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CONTINUING PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Our Continuing Professional Development programme is a valuable resource for schools and teachers, with experienced subject experts providing friendly, comprehensive guidance on all aspects of CE 11+, 13+ and CASE through regular, interactive webinars.

Join us in June for the next series or catch-up with our previous webinars below.

Visit our Events page to find out more about upcoming events.

Monday 19 June – Spring/Summer Common Entrance (CE) 2023

CE MFL subject expert William Law explores embedding skills over the course with a focus on active strategies in lessons to aid practice.

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INFORMATION, SUPPORT AND GUIDANCE

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