A Level – French


Language courses are for serious linguists and not for the fainthearted. They require students who are determined to learn new vocabulary and grammatical items on a daily basis and who have a passion for the language.

  • Who Is This Course For?

    Language courses are for serious linguists and not for the fainthearted. They require students who are determined to learn new vocabulary and grammatical items on a daily basis and who have a passion for the language.

    You need to be an excellent communicator and not afraid of giving your own opinions and justifying them. If you are interested in other countries and cultures and want to manipulate the target language effectively so that you are understood, then you will enjoy the necessary hard work and commitment a language course demands.

     

  • Course Details:

    Exam Board

    AQA

    A Level French

    Students study technological and social change, looking at diversity and the benefits it brings. They will study highlights of the artistic culture of France, including music and cinema, and learn about political engagement in the countries where the language is spoken.

    Students also explore the influence of the past on present-day communities. Throughout their studies, they will learn the language in the context of the country and the issues and influences which have shaped them. Students will study texts and film and have the opportunity to carry out independent research on an area of their choice.

    Assessment tasks will be varied and cover listening, reading , speaking and writing skills.

    The content includes:

    • Aspects of French society: current trends and issues
    • Artistic culture in the French-speaking world
    • Aspects of political life in the French-speaking world
    • Individual research project (based on a sub-topic of one of the above topics)
    • One text and one film or two texts
    • Grammar

    The assessment is in three exams:

    Paper 1 Listening, reading and writing

    2 1/2 hours   40% of A level

    Paper 2 Writing and grammar

    2 hours   30% of A level

    Paper 3 Speaking

    23 minutes   30% of A level

    How the course is delivered

    Most of your lessons will be delivered in French and half of them will take place in the language laboratory where online resources are often used.

    As well as 4×70 minutes lessons with your specialist teacher, you will have a 30 minute session with the Foreign Language Assistant each week. Topic booklets/handouts based on the AQA recommended texts and materials, are issued throughout the course to every student.

    The MFL Department at Wyke Sixth Form College

    The MFL department at Wyke College offers A Level courses in French, German and Spanish. The department consists of three experienced language specialists, one for each of the languages offered, and three Foreign Language Assistants, who are all native speakers. The six staff work closely together to provide a vibrant, fast-paced linguistic experience in a welcoming and reassuring environment.

    There are two main teaching rooms for languages, and half of the lessons on each course take place in the language laboratory, where listening skills are developed and exam-type exercises are provided through the online resource ‘kerboodle’.

    As a department we all agree that the best way to learn a language is to immerse yourself in it. Living in the country of the language you are studying would be ideal, but the next best thing is to travel abroad. We encourage you to take part in cultural opportunities offered. In recent years, our language department have taken part in foreign exchange programmes and cultural visits to Belgium, Spain and Germany.

    The MFL staff team is:

    • Nicola Johnstone (Head of Department/French specialist)
    • Heather Lorch (German Specialist)
    • Amalia Cazalla-Pulido (Spanish specialist)
    • We also have 3 Assistants who change annually

    What can I do now that would help prepare me for this course?

    You must have exposure to the target language wherever possible. If you get the opportunity to travel abroad or talk to people from French speaking countries, take it.

    Watch films or listen to music in the target language, read newspapers, magazines, books and websites and look at the BBC language courses online. Vocabulary and grammar are vital, so learn little and often, and really try to develop the habit of language learning.

    Ensure you know the key verbs, such as ‘to have’ and ‘to be’ and the forms of these and other common verbs in the present, perfect and future tenses. Use www.languagesonline.org to practise.

    Make for yourself a list of 20 expression phrases e.g. In my opinion, I think, I’m not convinced and so on and learn them, so they can be used when you give your views on any topic.

  • Progression:

    Studying languages can open up a wealth of opportunities. It can mean working in the more obvious fields such as translating, interpreting, tourism or teaching, but also in sales, marketing, law, journalism, IT and public relations, where a language, often combined with another expertise, really opens up doors for you!

    All careers in the future will require language skills to cope with the global market place, international trade and e-commerce. The internet has made access to other countries and markets much easier, so effective communication with potential clients is vital for online companies. Language skills give students cross cultural competence, enhanced employability and a lifelong skill. To employers they give added value, access to new clients and markets, high level communication skills, a wider perspective, open mindedness and a sensitivity to other cultures.

    French, German and Spanish are the top three business languages in demand in the UK today!

    Student success

    With excellent pass rates (and graded outstanding by Ofsted in 2013), the department has helped many students achieve excellent grades and move on to further education or employment and personal success.

    Schaunagh Gleeson

    Former school: South Holderness
    A Level French result: A
    Where is she now?
    Schaunagh is studying French & German at Kings College, London