French

A Level

This A Level covers a range of social and cultural topics that relate to the countries where French is spoken, such as cinema, heritage and the changes in family life.WE currently offer a residential trip to Paris.

You will be using a range of skills to study both these topics and the film La Haine as well as the novel No et Moi. As a research project in your second year, you will be able to choose a topic related to a French-speaking country to discuss in your speaking exam. Weekly speaking sessions with a native speaker will help build up your confidence and improve your fluency.

French can be studied in combination with any course at A level or in Higher Education. Graduates in modern languages are in high demand and languages students’ skills are highly valued by both universities and employers. Former Wyke French students have gone on to university to read Law with French; Chemistry with French and International Relations.

100% Examination, Speaking, Listening and Writing Paper

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ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

A Level French requires students to achieve at least the minimum entry requirements for their chosen pathway plus a grade 6 or higher in GCSE French and a grade 5 or higher in GCSE English Language.

EXAM BOARD

AQA

COURSE STRUCTURE

Most of your lessons will be delivered in French and half of them will take place in the computer room 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.

You will study a range of social and cultural topics that relate to the countries where French is spoken, such as changes in family; music and cinema and marginalised groups in society.

By studying these topics you will gain fluency and the skills which will allow you to manipulate the language confidently. You will also study a film and a book, and choose a topic to research independently in your second year of study.

We use a variety of resources in lessons, and you will take part in pair and group work as well as working individually. You will have access to extensive online resources at home and in college in order to support your progress.  Weekly speaking sessions with a native speaker will help build up your confidence and improve your fluency as well as enhance your listening skills. Assessment tasks will be varied and cover listening, reading, speaking and writing skills.

Course content:

• 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)
• Study of one text and one film
• Grammar

Assessment:

This course is assessed by 3 examinations which take place at the end of the second year.

  • Paper 1 Listening, reading and writing (2 1/2 hours 50% of A Level)
  • Paper 2 Writing (2 hours 20% of A level)
  • Paper 3 Speaking (30% of A Level)

TRIPS AND ENRICHMENT

As a language student, you will be offered a range of trips and cultural visits abroad to develop linguistic, cultural and personal skills. We currently offer a visit to Seville in Spain, a trip to France and a visit to Berlin in Germany. All these visits, run by experienced staff, offer a packed programme of cultural, educational and social events.

Closer to home, staff arrange for students to attend Language Days and employability sessions at Leeds and Sheffield University plus local film and theatre events when the opportunity arises.

PREPARATION FOR THE 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 news sites online. Use languagesonline.org and TV5Monde. Vocabulary and grammar are vital, so learn little and often, and really try to develop the habit of language learning.

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