French A Level *FEES PAYABLE* at Oundle School
The linear A-Level French course will build on the oral and grammatical skills acquired at IGCSE and focus heavily on aspects of French life, alongside a healthy dose of literary and cinematic culture. The department is extremely passionate about modern and classic French literature and film and believes that they form an integral part of successful language learning in the Sixth Form. Pupils will, therefore, study accessible, exciting and academically credible cultural works and learn to discuss and write about them fluently in French; good preparation for French at university. A modern course with such a strong emphasis on contemporary French social issues, trends and both political and artistic culture will allow the department to make use of a wide range of contemporary materials from the Internet, French magazines and television in the classroom, The freedom of a two-year course also means that topics can be planned and studied alongside core literature where there is thematic overlap to ensure that progress is rapid and learning thorough. The A-Level course also places considerable value on grammatical rigour and accuracy and pupils will develop their range of tense, structure and idiom beyond IGCSE from the very outset, leaving behind IGCSE topics completely. Target language is used where appropriate in the classroom and a weekly oral lesson is arranged with one of our three assistant(e)s in the ‘pods’ in the Adamson Centre (usually with a partner but one on one if numbers allow). A willingness to speak in class is thus encouraged and pupils are urged to participate in the popular Paris study trip at Easter and, where possible, spend time in France during the school holidays.
Paper 1 Listening, reading and Writing (Topical Themes) 2 hours 30 examination (40%) Pupils will have individual control of the listening material in the language lab. The paper includes comprehension, translation of short passages based on topical themes (Eng-Fr and Fr-Eng) and general language skills, such as synonyms and grammar based gap fill exercises.
Paper 2 Writing (essays in French on Literature and Film) 2 hours exam (30%) This paper is the literature and film paper. Pupils write two essays in French on concepts and issues covered in the works studied (one literary text and one film or two literary texts). They will need to show a critical and analytical response to features such as themes, characters and technique. Recent works studied include Camus’ L’étranger, Sagan’s Bonjour Tristesse, the nouvelle vague films of Truffaut and Kassowitz’s La Haine.
Paper 3 Speaking 21-23 minutes (including 5 minutes preparation time) (30%) Pupils carry out an individual research project on a subject of their choice to do with France and are also examined on one of four sub-themes from the prescribed list in Paper 1.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Oundle School directly.