A Level 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. Learning a language is a life-long skill which complements many other courses.
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.
THE MFL DEPARTMENT AT WYKE
The MFL department at Wyke 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, all of whom are 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 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.
You will study social change and cultural aspects of countries where the language is spoken looking at areas such as family, technology and topics relevant to these countries. You will also study highlights of the artistic culture of France, Spain, or Germany, including music and cinema, and learn about political engagement in the countries where the language is spoken.In addition, you will explore the influence of the past on present-day communities. Throughout your studies, you will learn the language in the context of the country and the issues and influences which have shaped it. You will study a text and a film and will have the opportunity to carry out independent research on an area of your choice.
Assessment tasks will be varied and cover listening, reading, speaking and writing skills.
• Aspects of French/German/ Spanish society: current trends and issues.
• Artistic culture in the French/ German/
• Spanish-speaking world.
• Aspects of political life in the French/ German /Spanish-speaking world.
• Individual research project (based on a sub-topic of one of the above topics)
• Study of one text and one film
Each of the courses is assessed by three exams:
PAPER 1 (50% OF A LEVEL)
LISTENING, READING AND WRITING
PAPER 2 (20% OF A LEVEL)
PAPER 3 (30% OF A LEVEL)
WHAT CAN I DO TO HELP PREPARE ME 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, German or Spanish 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. Vocabulary and grammar are vital, so learn little and often, and really try to develop the habit of language learning.
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