French AS/A Level at Hazelwick School
The 4 skills of listening, reading, speaking & writing (already practiced at GCSE) are further developed in the 6th form with th use of recordings, newspapers, magazines, DVD's, literary texts & access to the internet. You are encouraged to watch French films & TV programmes & to read widely in order to extend your knowledge of France, its language & its culture. Access to French-speaking countries via e-mail links will be encouraged. Where possible, visits to the theatre & cinema are organised to watch French productions as well as trips to language conferences (which help further your knowledge of French culture & society). France's relevance to Europe as well as the world cannot be over-stressed. Lessons are conducted in French & you are expected to contribute actively in class; furthermore, you are expected to show an interest in current affairs & a wish to improve your knowledge of the wider world. Conversation practice is provided by a French native speaker assistant. You will learn about the contemporary issues & aspects of the society, culture & communities of France in order to organise facts & ideas; how to develop the ability to be creative & imaginative when communicating in speech & writing; to develop understanding of the spoken & written forms of French from a variety of registers & to communicate confidently, clearly & effectively in French through both the spoken & written word using increasingly accurate, complex & varied language.
Paper 1 - Listening, reading & writing - aspects of French-speaking society, current issues & trends. Artistic culture in the French-speaking world. Aspects of political life in French-speaking society. Grammar & Translation into French & into English.
Paper 2 - Two essays based on 1 text & ! film from the list set in specification.
Paper 3 - A 12-14 mins teacher-conducted, externally assessed exam based on 1 sub-theme from Paper 1 followed by a presentation & discussion of student's individual research project.
Grade 6 in French
Paper 1 - 40% of A level & 2hrs 30 min exam
Paper 2 - 30% of A level 2 hr exam
Paper 3 - 30% of A level
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Hazelwick School directly.