Cambridge IGCSE French encourages learners to be confident, responsible and reflective by; using new and familiar structures and vocabulary to communicate with others in everyday situations; seeking opportunities to use and develop their language skills; considering how to communicate different ideas and attitudes innovatively; applying language to a variety of situations engaged and by developing learning strategies which help them to express their ideas and their understanding of other cultures.


The course will cover a wide range of topics in the four key skills of Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing. The subject content is organised in five broad topic areas:

  1. Everyday activities
  2. Personal and social life
  3. The world around us
  4. The world of work
  5. The international world

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.


IGCSE French

(grades A*- G)

Paper 1


Paper 2


Paper 3


Paper 4


25% weighting

40 marks

50 min approx.

25% weighting

45 marks

1 hour

25% weighting

40 marks

10 min approx.

25% weighting

45 marks

1 hour


  • Translator, interpreter, blogger, teacher, journalist, reporter, product localisation manager, field researcher, liaison officer, tour guide, podcaster, sales associate, motivational speaker, flight attendant, private tutor…
  • Support your appreciation and the importance of Modern Languages in society, employment and study.

Please click on the arrow for a detailed breakdown:

Unit / Block of workKey Episodes / QuestionsAdditional DetailLength of time.Learner Attribute(s)
UNIT 1: Introducing yourselfIntroduce yourselfThe definite article4 lessonsInquirer
1.1a- Where I liveDescribe where you live Personal pronouns   
1.1b- What’s your house like?Describe your accommodationPreposition of place  
1.1c- At home, I…Describe what you do in each roomPersonal pronouns and regular verbs in “er”  
1.1d- In my bedroom there is ……Describe the rooms of your house in detailRegular -ER verbs  
1.2: My schoolTime and timetableDays and time4 lessonsThinker
1.2a- Time and subjectsDescribe a school dayReflexive verbs   
1.2b- My school DayDescribe your schoolPreposition of place  
1.2c- My schoolCompare British / French school systemsIrregular verbs   
1.2d- French schools    
1.3: My eating habitsDescribe what you eat at breakfast / lunch and dinerIndefinite articles4 lessonsOpen-minded
1.3a- MealsCompare different type of French foodIrregular adjectives  
1.3b- International CuisineIdentify what makes a balanced dietSuperlatives  
1.3c- Balanced diet Partitive article  
1.4: My body and my healthParts of the bodyFrequency adverbs4 lessonsCommunicator
1.4a- I am hurtSay what hurts youExpressions with “être” and “avoir”  
1.4b- At the doctorExplain your symptoms“à” + the definite article / “depuis” + present tense  
1.4c- How to stay healthyExplain how you keep fit and healthyNegatives and quantifiers  
1.4d- A healthy lifeExplain how to follow a healthy lifestyleIrregular verbs in the present  
UNIT 2: My family, my friends, at home & abroadDescribe your family in detailsEmphatic pronouns4 lessonsCaring
2.1a- My familyPhysical desciption“Avoir” to give the age  
2.1b- What does your family look like?Describe people’s personalityPossessive adjectives  
2.1c- What are their personalities?Describe family relationshipsIrregular adjectives  
2.1d- Personal relationships Reflexive verbs  
2.2: Life at homeWhat are your hobbies?“Aimer / préférer” + infinitive4 lessonsBalanced
2.2a- Relaxing at homeDescribe what you do to relax at homeComplex opinions  
2.2b- Tidy your room!Describe the chores“tu” vs “vous”  
2.2c- Welcome homeDescribe visits and visitorsImperatives  
2.3: Leisure, entertainment and invitationsOutdoor activities with friends“Jouer à” vs “jouer de”4 lessonsReflective
2.3a- My free timeDescribe your hobbiesNear future  
2.3b- Do you want to go out?Describe your activitiesVerbs followed by infinitives  
2.3c- My leisureTalking about past activitiesSimple future  
2.4: Eating out French restaurantsPartitive articles4 lessonsCommunicator
2.4a- I’d like an ice creamOrder what you want in a cafe / restaurantIndefinite articles   
2.4b- At the restaurantLearn how to order food in a restaurantConditional tense  
2.4c- I like italian foodDescribe different cuisinesSuperlatives  
2.5: Special occasionsDescribe a special ocassionPast tense of regular verbs4 lessonsRisk-taker
2.5a- Celebration daysInvite to a partyPast tense of the irregular verbs  
2.5b- Celebrating with friendsDescribe a party between friendsPast participle agreements   
2.5c- A special occasionDescribe an event“Après avoir / après être”  
2.6: Going on holidaysDestinationsMore on the past tense 4 lessonsOpen-minded
2.6a- What type of holidays?Describe different types of holidaysAdverbs   
2.6b- What do you do on holiday?Explain what you do during the holidaysSimple future   
2.6c- Holidays plansDescribe your future holidays   
2.7: Friends and family abroadDescribe people living abroadAdjectives4 lessonsRisk-taker
2.7a- My family live abroadDescribe a visit to your family living abroadDifferences between “tu” and vous”  
2.7b- I’m visiting my family abroadDescribe what you did during the visitImperfect tense  
2.7c- I visited my family overseasKeeping in contact with family   
UNIT 3: Home town and geographical surroundingsLeisure in town and countrysideConnectives 4 lessonsKnowledgeable
3.1a- I am going to townDescribe the buildings and facilities in townComplex sentences  
3.1b- Town vs countrysideDescribe different placesQuantifiers  
3.1c- I hate my townAdvantages and inconvenients in town and countryside   
3.2: ShoppingGoing, buying and paying at the shopsQuestion words4 lessonsCommunicator
3.2a- What are we buying?Describe what you buy at the supermarketCardinal numbers   
3.2b- Let’s go shoppingDescribe in details what you would like to buyDemonstrative adjectives/pronouns  
3.2c- Let’s buy giftsGiving opinion on clothesPossessive adjectives  
3.2d- Does it suit me?    
3.3: Public servicesChange or withdraw money from the bankDirect and indirect object pronouns4 lessonsReflective
3.3a- Let’s talk moneyDescribe means of communicationCardinal numbers above 100  
3.3b- Let’s keep in touch!Explain to security your lost itemRelative pronouns  
3.3c- Lost items Finding a lost item    
3.4: Natural environmentHow to take care of the environment Present participle with “en”4 lessonsThinker
3.4a- The environment and I Describe how you improve your environment“Falloir”+ infinitive   
3.4b- We love national parksDescribe the role and importance of national parks   
3.4c- Our environment is in dangerUnderstand the issues and find some solutions   
3.5: WeatherDescribe the weatherAsking and giving directions4 lessonsPrincipled
3.5a- What’s the weather like?Describe weather forecastConstructions with “quand”  
3.5b- Weather forecastDescribe the consequences of climate changesExpressions introducing the subjunctive  
3.5c- Climate changeSay what weather you like   
3.6: Finding your wayUnderstand the given informationPrepositions “au / à la / aux / à l’…”4 lessonsCommunicator
3.6a- Finding your wayExplain where buildings are situatedReflexive verbs   
3.6b- Excuse me, where is…?Understand more complex instructionsDemonstrative adjectives  
3.6c- Could you give more details?Give directions   
3.7: Travel and transportDescribe the different means of transportation“Venir de” in the imperfect and present tense4 lessonsInquirer
3.7a- How we get about?Describe advantages and disadvantages of means of transportationPrepositions “en” or “à”  
3.7b- Are we going on foot or by bus? “Venir de” + infinitive    
3.7c- Getting around townDescribe your way in town   
Unit / Block of workKey Episodes / QuestionsAdditional DetailLength of time.Learner Attribute(s)
UNIT 4: Studying and workingThe French secondary school systemNegation 4 lessonsInquirer
4.1a- French schoolsHigh SchoolCardinal numbers Communicator
4.1b- The secondary French systemSixth FormThe imperfect tense  
4.1c- Memories from Primary schoolDescribing your Primary schoolPossessive pronouns  
 Teachers, students and facilities   
4.2 Further Education and trainingDescribing what you want to do after high schoolDisjoint pronouns4 lessonsBalanced
4.2a- Options after high schoolDescribing future academic plansThe conditional tense Thinker
4.2b- My future plansFrench University system and degrees   
4.3 Future career plansTalking about different jobsNegation4 lessonsRisk taker
4.3a- JobsHow to choose the right job?The conditional perfect tense Caring
4.3b- My future jobPros and cons of jobs   
4.4 EmployementTalking about a gap yearTime phrases4 lessonsOpen-minded
4.4a- My gap yearPart-time jobsQuand + future tense Knowledgeable
4.4b- Applying for a jobWriting a cover letter   
 Applying for a job   
4.5 Communication and technology at workTalking about communication in the workplaceCoordinating tenses6 lessonsCommunicator
4.5a- On the phoneICT in the workplaceQuestion words Reflective
4.5b- ICT in the workplaceMaking a phone callTelling the time  
4.5c- My job interviewTaking part into a job interviewAprès avoir / être  
UNIT 5: The international perspective Describing various modes of transportThe imperfect tense4 lessonsPrincipled
5.1a- International travelOrganised and group holidaysThe passive voice Communicator
5.1b- Modes of transportWays of travelling   
5.1c- Group holiday    
5.2 Weather on holidayTalking about the weatherThe pluperfect tense4 lessonsInquirer
5.2a- What is the weather like?Climate in different regions  Thinker
5.2b- Disastrous holidaysTalking about the consequences of the weather   
5.3 Festivals and faithTalking about celebrations and religious festivalsThe comparative of adverbs6 lessonsReflective
5.3a- Celebrations and different faithsDescribing a family celebrationPrepositions Open-minded
5.3b- A family celebrationComparing a French family celebration with the rest of the worldThe comparative of adjectives  
  The superlative of adjectives  
5.4 International menusRecipes from around the worldIndefinite pronouns4 lessonsBalanced
5.4a- Recipes from other countriesDescribing foreign dishesIndefinite adjectives Caring
5.4b- How do people eat abroad?Comparing foreign dishes with French cuisine   
5.5 Environmental problemsTalking about environmental issues Depuis + present4 lessonsKnowledgeable
5.5a- Ecological problemsSolutions to ecological problemsDepuis + imperfect Thinker
5.5b- Canada: Environmental solutionsTalking about governemental actions to protect the environmentVerbs + prepositions/infinitives