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ISMLA Bulletin — February 2023

New GCSE in French, German, Spanish

All three exam boards have published their proposed specifications and sample papers for the new GCSE French (examination from 2026). The sample papers are for French; German and Spanish will follow in due course. You can find them here:

All specifications incorporate the new requirements as stipulated by the DfE, namely:

  • dictation
  • read-aloud
  • an assessment objective relating to grammar and correctness
  • a specified word list drawing principally on the ‘most frequent’ words

Helen Myers from the Association for Language Learning has done a helpful and detailed analysis of the three draft specifications, highlighting how they differ from each other. Adam Lamb from Mossbourne Community Academy has a useful summary of the differences between AQA and Pearson Edexcel.