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French at St Martin's School Brentwood

Course description

Languages are an invaluable asset in today’s multicultural world and the course aims to enable students to express themselves proficiently in conversation and in writing on a variety of topical issues, as well as developing research skills. It will develop their ability to extract information from a range of spoken and written texts, to recognise points of view and opinions and develop their awareness of other cultures, including their literary heritage.

During the first year students will develop the ability to understand, discuss and write about broader, general topic areas including "Youth culture and concerns", "Lifestyle", "The world around us" and "Education and Employment".

Whilst acquiring a much broader range of vocabulary, students will also consolidate their grammatical knowledge of the subject developing their communication skills.

The skills of Speaking, Listening, Reading and Writing remain at the core of Language Teaching and students will be engaged in a variety of activities, including presentations and group projects, as well as independent research and teacher led tasks. Individual coaching is provided for with oral preparation.

The second year of the course continues to develop accuracy in language and students must be able to take a stance on an issue and argue orally, their position convincingly. They must be able to analyse both sides of an argument on a controversial issue, come to a logical conclusion and support their findings with relevant examples.

A broad range of topics are covered to incorporate "Customs, traditions, beliefs and religions", "National and international events –past, present and future," "Literature and the arts". These topics form the framework within which students will carry out a research project.

Entry requirements

French B plus an average of 5.7 points

Also preferred: English Language B

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Martin's School Brentwood directly.

Last updated date: 21 May 2014

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years

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