This A Level allows you to 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. We encourage students to travel to France and we currently run a trip to Paris. 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 Arabic.
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
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.
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.
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