LEVEL: A Level – Linear
EXAM BOARD: AQA
WHY CHOOSE LANGUAGES?
Studying a language will provide you with an engaging and exciting opportunity to build on your previous study of languages. The courses we offer are French and German and through social, intellectual and cultural themes you will be able to develop your linguistic knowledge and cultural understanding of the countries and communities where these languages are spoken. An opportunity to study literature or film will further increase your cultural awareness. A strong focus is placed on building students’ confidence and fluency across all the skills, using topical themes and supported by in-depth analysis of language structures.
AIMS OF THE COURSE
To develop the ability to communicate coherently with native speakers in speech and writing
To deepen knowledge about how language works
To develop an awareness and understanding of other cultures
WHAT WILL I STUDY?
Year 12 topics
Aspects of French-speaking society: current trends
• Family structures, traditional and modern values, friendships & relationships
• The ‘cyber-society’
• The place of voluntary work
Aspects of the political life in the French-speaking world
• Teenagers, the right to vote and political commitment
• Demonstrations, strikes – who holds the power?
• Politics and immigration
Year 13 topics
As above, plus:
Aspects of French-speaking society: current issues
• Positive features of diverse society
• Life for the marginalised
• How criminals are treated
Artistic culture in the French speaking world
• A culture proud of its heritage
• contemporary francophone music
• Cinema: the 7th art form
• Grammatical structures (see syllabus for specific details)
• Developing the key skills of listening, speaking, reading & writing in French to an advanced level
• Either the study of 2 French-language books or 1 French-language book and 1 French-language film
HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED?
French A level papers:
Paper 1: listening, reading & translation from & into German (50% of A-Level)
Paper 2: critical & analytical response in writing, 2 essays: one based on a literary text; the other based on either a further text or a film (20% of A-Level)
Paper 3: speaking – Discussion of a stimulus card plus presentation & discussion of research project (30% of A-Level)
WHERE CAN LANGUAGES LEAD?
Higher Education & further language study. Many University courses now prefer a GCSE in a MFL for entry.
World of work: business, commerce & industry, travel & tourism, teaching & research, the law, journalism, the media, catering, translation & interpreting
Leisure & cultural experiences