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French A Level at St Joseph's Catholic Academy

Course description

Travel, so the saying goes, broadens the mind, but never more so than when you can speak the language. That way you will be able to find out what the local people are thinking, how they live, and how their culture really works. This course has been designed to give you a profound understanding of French.

Not only will you know more about the mechanics of the language, such as the grammar and the vocabulary, but also about how people live and use the language on a daily basis.

Course content

In the first year you will study four topics. These are Media, Popular Culture, Healthy Living and Lifestyle, and Family Relationships. These topics build on what you have studied at GCSE and cover a wide range of interesting and engaging issues.

In the second year you will have another four topics- Environment, the Multicultural Society, Contemporary Social Issues and the Cultural Topics. There will be regular assignments and assessments to check your progress in the four skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing.

You must be prepared to work with enthusiasm and commitment and to speak French for most of the time.

Entry requirements

Higher papers at grades B/C for GCSE .

Assessment

AS LEVEL

UNIT 1- Listening, Reading and Writing (2 hours) You will retrieve and convey information on the basis of recorded French material and printed French material. You will write a French essay from a choice of three topic areas. 70% of the total AS marks.

UNIT 2- Speaking (35 minutes) There will be a discussion of a stimulus card and a conversation in French. 30% of the total AS marks.

A2 LEVEL

UNIT 3- Listening, Reading and Writing (2 hours 30 minutes) You will retrieve and convey information on the basis of recorded French material and printed French material. You will write a French essay from a choice of two of the cultural topic areas. 35% of the total A2 level marks.

UNIT 4- Speaking (35 minutes) There will be a discussion of a stimulus card and a conversation in French. 15% of the total A2 marks.

Future opportunities

N/A

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Joseph's Catholic Academy directly.

Last updated date: 12 June 2015

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 - 2 Years

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