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French

COURSE DESCRIPTION

This is a stimulating and challenging course which aims to develop the student's love of the French language by using it to discuss aspects of modern day society and by analysing its grammar in greater depth than is possible at GCSE level. The skills assessed are the familiar ones of listening, speaking, reading and writing but lessons emphasise discussion and the development of students' views and opinions. In addition to classroom lessons, students also have access to the French Assistant and the opportunity to take part in an exchange to Rennes.

 

COURSE CONTENT

AS UNITS:

Unit 1: Listening, Reading and Writing

(2 hour exam)

Students will be assessed in these skills across a range of topics that build on students' prior knowledge at GCSE, including Media, Popular Culture, Healthy Living and Family and Relationships.

 

Unit 2: Speaking

(20 minute exam)

The Speaking Exam will assess students' speaking abilities through conversation and discussion on the same topics.

 

A2 UNITS:

Unit 3: Listening, Reading and Writing

(2 hours 30 minutes exam)

Students will study a range of topics which stress the international dimension including Environment, The Multicultural Society and Contemporary Social Issues. In addition they will study two cultural topics based on French-speaking history, geography, literature and culture.

 

Unit 4: Speaking

(20 minute exam)

Students' speaking skills will be assessed through conversation and discussion on the same topics as covered in Unit 3.

 

CAREER POSSIBILITIES

Foreign language skills are much sought after in the work place and an A Level in French is good preparation for any student entering employment in the 21st Century. At university French can be studied either in combination with another language or with almost any other subject and leads to careers in sales, marketing, business, journalism, engineering, the civil service - in fact, in just about anything!

 

GCSE GRADE PROFILE

Students studying French at this level should normally have A* to C grades in a range of subjects at GCSE level. In order to cope with the level of written accuracy required for A level study, students should have at least a grade B in French.