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French A Level at Westcliff High School for Boys

Course description

The course aims to encourage students to develop a greater understanding and appreciation of French culture and society as well as both deepening and extending language skills.  The course comprises four units which cover the skills of speaking, reading, listening, and writing; building upon GCSE these skills are not tested individually but in association with each other.  The Modern Languages department has a digital Tandberg Language Laboratory where students are able to practise their listening and speaking skills individually.

Course content

The Advanced Subsidiary Curriculum: Unit 1: Oral in French (12-15 minute oral). 40%

Candidates have a discussion about two stimulus cards which they receive 15 minutes before the examination.  One is linked to leisure and lifestyles and the other is linked to the individual and the society.  This section lasts for a total of around 6-7 minutes.  The second section is a discussion about the candidate and his or her life, interests and future plans.  

Unit 2: Listening, Reading and Writing in French (150 minute examination). 60%

For the listening element, candidates listen to some short passages of Target Language material and are required to give verbal and non-verbal answers including answers in the target language. In the reading element, candidates respond to passages of Target Language Material and complete a grammar manipulation exercise. In the written paper, candidates complete a 200/250 word essay with a choice of two questions from each topic area covered over the course. 

The A2 Curriculum: Unit 3: Oral in French (15-20 minute oral). 40%

Candidates receive a short stimulus (150-200 words) based on one of the topics covered during the course and they have time to prepare it and make notes. They have a 5-7 minute discussion about this followed by an oral exposé about a chosen book or film (3-5 minutes) then a discussion (10-13 minutes) about this book or film and related issues. The candidates are allowed to refer to bullet points. 

Unit 4: Listening, Reading and Writing in French (180 minute examination). 60% 

For the listening element, candidates listen to some longer passages of Target Language material and are required to give verbal and non-verbal answers including answers in the target language. In the reading element, candidates respond to passages of Target Language Material and complete a translation exercise from English into the target language. For the written element, candidates complete an essay about the second book or film which has been studied but not discussed in the Unit 3 examination. 

Entry requirements

GCSE grade A in French.  In addition, candidates need to have an interest in French culture, literature and society, and in the speaking of the language.

Assessment

Students must be able to express views orally and in writing on a wide range of topical themes such as the environment, the role communications media, and unemployment, education and so on.  They must learn to defend their point of view in French, and lessons in small groups with the Language Assistant will help them to achieve this. In addition to curriculum provision, the opportunity exists for those studying French to do work experience in France. We are also involved with a borough-wide initiative linking us with Nice.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Westcliff High School for Boys directly.

Last updated date: 09 June 2015

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