A Level French

LEVEL: A Level – Linear

EXAM BOARD: Eduqas

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

Social issues & trends: being a young person in a French-speaking society
• Family structures, traditional and modern values, friendships / relationships
• Youth trends, issues and personal identity
• Educational and employment opportunities

Political, intellectual & artistic culture: understanding the French-speaking world
• Regional culture and heritage in France, French-speaking countries and communities
• France, Canada, Switzerland and les Domtoms in a European context
• Literature, art, film and music in the French-speaking world

Year 13 topics

As above, plus:

Social issues & trends: diversity & difference
• Migration & integration
• Cultural identity & marginalisation
• Cultural enrichment & celebrating difference
• Discrimination & diversity

Political, intellectual & artistic culture: France 1940-50: the occupation & post-war years
• From June 1940-May 1945 (occupation, liberation & end of WW2)
• Life in occupied France & the cultural dimension (theatre, cinema, literature)
• 1945-50: rebuilding & restructuring
• Repercussions for modern-day France

Plus:
• 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?

Component 1: speaking
Task 1 –presentation & discussion of research project
Task 2 – discussion based on stimulus card including image, text & points for discussion in English
Component 2: listening, reading & translation from & into French
Component 3: critical & analytical response in writing
2 essays: one based on a literary text; the other based on either a further text or a film


USEFUL WEBSITES:
www.pinterest.com
www.theday.co.uk
http://www.france24.com/fr/


WHERE CAN LANGUAGES LEAD?
Higher Education & further language study. Many University courses now require 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

Sixth Form Prospectus