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French A Level at Caroline Chisholm School

Course description

The course consists of a number of complementary units in which the four language skills – listening, speaking, reading and writing are developed simultaneously. The course will help you to develop your general study skills, but most of all you will learn to communicate at a higher level in French. You will also learn much more about a wide range of aspects of the societies in which French is spoken.
Throughout the course, students will be given the opportunity to develop their ability and confidence to communicate in French. Students will be given access to relevant published online resources and topic booklets provided by the department. At the end of each topic students will be assessed in all four skills which will give regular feedback on progress.


Course content

The first year of the course consists of two main topics which are divided into 3 sub‐topics and the study of either a film or a literary text. All topics are relevant to young people as well as building on students’ previous knowledge from GCSE.
Aspects of French‐SpeakingSociety
- The Changing Nature of the Family
- Cyberspace
- The Place of Voluntary Work

Artistic Culture
- A Culture Proud of its Heritage
- Contemporary Francophone Music
- Cinema: the 7th Art Form

Literary Text or Film
One, film possibly
- La Haine
Our approach is always to build on what you already know, gradually extending the range and depth of your knowledge and setting it more firmly in a French context.

The full A‐Level course consists of the content from the first year and a further two main topics which are divided into 3 sub‐topics & a literary text.
Current Issues in the French Speaking Society

- Positive Features of a Diverse Society
- Life for the Marginalised
- How Criminals are Treated

Aspects of Political Life in the French Speaking World

- Teenagers, the Right to Vote & Political Entitlement
- Demonstrations, Strikes – Who Holds the Power?
- Politics & Immigration
Literary Text or Film

One, possibly from the following & not already studied at AS
- Molière Le Tartuffe
- Voltaire Candide
- Maupassant Boule de suif et autres contes de la guerre
- Camus L’étranger
- Françoise Sagan Bonjour tristesse
- Claire Etcherelli Elise ou la vraie vie
- Joseph Joffo Un sac de billes
- Faïza Guène Kiffe kiffe demain
- Philippe Grimbert Un secret
- Delphine de Vigan No et moi


Entry requirements

GCSE English Language or Literature: Grade 5 is required

Students should have studied French to GCSE level, achieving at least Grade B.

Future opportunities

Students who are able to converse in a foreign language to A level standard, offer a skill which a small percentage of the population are able to offer. Of course they are able to pursue languages at university, but an A level in language is certainly an asset within industry, especially as links with international companies expand.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Caroline Chisholm School directly.

Last updated date: 01 February 2017
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