French AS/A2 Level 3 at Chatham & Clarendon Grammar School
What is the course about?
French is the language of love. It is also the language of our closest neighbour. More importantly it is an official language of many organisations, such as the International Olympic Committee and the United Nations. For this reason, studying French at A-level will leave you well placed to enter many careers and will equip you with a skill that is highly valued amongst employers (organisation such as the CBI report year after year that companies are struggling to recruit enough employees with language skills. It has a range of cross-curricular elements which make it an ideal companion to many combinations of subject.
As a department our aim is to increase your fluency in the language and also to give you an understanding of the culture in which the language operates. We look at many varied topic areas such as music and education through to the second world war, always basing them in the French speaking world. At first you will notice a clear overlap between GCSE and A Level and this is done purposefully to ease you in to studying at advanced level. However by the end of the Year 12 you will notice a developed ability to communicate in a variety of situations, including unpredictable and spontaneous ones.
Studying French at A-level is challenging and requires dedication and hard work. It is also extremely rewarding and opens many doors for you in the future.
For whom is the course suitable?
You will need to have an interest in the French speaking world and a desire to develop your language skills. You will need to be confident that you can develop the necessary independent study skills required at this level. You will also need to have achieved a grade 6 at GCSE and have completed the higher papers.
Teaching Methods and Homework commitment:
The main emphasis throughout the two year course is on developing your fluency and accuracy. You will develop a deeper understanding of grammar and also extend your vocabulary. Some teaching is from the front to develop grammatical accuracy and manage debates but there is also more emphasis placed on independent learning. Extensive use is made of online learning.
Students can expect to have about five hours homework a week. The assignments will range from vocabulary tests, planning individual and group presentations and preparing material for class debates, grammar exercises and written essays. Alongside set homework you will need to spend a good deal of time reading French magazines and newspapers, watching French films and listening to French music/radio.
Method of Study and Assessment:
Changes in French Society:- Changes in attitudes towards marriage, The French Education System, The world of work – The right to strike, equality of sexes
French Culture:- Music, Media, Festivals and Traditions
French films and Literature
Listening, Reading, Translation
40% of A Level
Written response to works and Translation
30% of A Level
30% of A Level
Website URL: For more information please go to http://www.ccgrammarschool.co.uk
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How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Chatham & Clarendon Grammar School directly.