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French at Tring School

Course description

Awarding Body:AQA

Option Block: B

This course will enable the student to understand and make use of language beyond the basic 'tourist / pen-friend' scenarios of GCSE.

Aims:

* develop an interest in, and enthusiasm for, language learning

* develop understanding of the language in a variety of contexts and genres

* communicate confidently, clearly and effectively in the language for a range of purposes

* develop awareness and understanding of the contemporary society, cultural background and heritage of countries or communities where the language is spoken

* consider their study of the language in a broader context

* derive enjoyment and benefit from language learning

* acquire knowledge, skills and understanding for practical use, further study and/or employment

* communicate with speakers of the language

* take their place in a multilingual global society

 

Course content

Students are encouraged to think and talk in greater depth about the topics of the world around them, work and leisure, including such areas as the media, advertising, sport and the European Union. The student will need to work as a team member, being prepared to share opinions, accept the opinions of others and consider the various aspects of a topic.

Students are encouraged to visit the target country during Year 12.

The second year of the course builds on the skills acquired in Year 12. Topics increase in breadth and depth, to include such areas as social issues, the environment, education and technological advances. The student is prepared for the challenge of writing at greater length, e.g. articles and essays.

The development of listening, reading and speaking skills continue to play an important part in the course. Both the AS Level and the A2 Level courses aim to extend the communication skills already acquired for GCSE. At the same time, an awareness of the cultural and political background of the countries in which the language is spoken is developed. Students are encouraged to develop their own values, attitudes and opinions about the different topics. The work is topic based aiming to develop in the student the confidence and ability to understand and express opinions in the foreign language on issues of general interest.

The student will gradually learn to understand more complex language in a variety of contexts, e.g. magazine / newspaper / Internet articles, radio / television programmes. S/he will acquire the language needed to participate in group discussions and deliver presentations on various themes.

Entry requirements

C or above in GCSE French and a grade C or above in English Language

For Year 13 a minimum of 120 ums at AS

Assessment

100% Examination

AS Examination

Unit 1 Listening, Reading and Writing 2 hr written exam (110 marks) 70% of AS, 35% of A Level

Unit 2 Speaking Test 35 minute speaking test, including 20 minutes preparation (50 marks) 30% of AS, 15% of A Level

A2 Examination

Unit 3 Listening, Reading and Writing 2 hr 30 mins written exam (110 marks) 35% of A Level

Unit 4 Speaking Test 35 minute speaking test, including 20 minutes preparation (50 marks) 15% of A Level

Future opportunities

An advanced qualification in French is a very useful qualification in its own right but it is also an invaluable asset to many other disciplines, not least because of the emphasis placed on effective communication. It is becoming more and more important for British students to be able to offer a qualification in a modern language if they are to compete effectively with their peers in other countries. Modern Languages can be combined successfully with most subjects offered in the Sixth Form, not only with other Arts subjects, but also with Mathematics, Economics and Sciences

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Tring School directly.

Last updated date: 12 November 2012
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 year

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