French A Level at Rainham Mark Grammar School
To enable students to understand a wide variety of spoken and written French and to communicate confidently, clearly and effectively in French in both speaking and writing.
To find out about, research and develop opinions about the society, culture and heritage of countries and communities where French is spoken.
Most importantly, to enjoy listening to, speaking, reading and writing French!
Students will practise the four areas of language learning by
- listening to recordings and watching extracts from films and TV in French
- reading a range of materials, from short extracts to more in-depth articles on a range of topics
- speaking in class activities and during a regular lesson with the French assistant
- revising and extending your knowledge of grammar and writing essays of up to 300 words in length and translating longer passages from and into French.
- having the opportunity to visit France during the course.
Students who wish to take French in the sixth form should have gained at least a grade 7 in their French GCSE. Students with a grade 6 may be considered at the discretion of the Head of Subject.
- Paper 1 – Listening, Reading and Writing (2 hours 30 minutes) – questions will be based on current trends, current issues, the artistic culture and aspects of political life where the language is spoken. Grammar knowledge will also be assessed. 40% of A level.
- Paper 2 – Writing (2 hours) – An essay paper where students are asked to write 300 word essays based on a set text and a set film which has been studied during the course. 30% of A level.
- Paper 3 – Speaking (21 to 23 minutes including 5 minutes preparation time) – the student is asked to debate an aspect of society for 5-6 minutes and this is followed by a presentation of 2 minutes and a discussion for a further 9-10 minutes based on the student’s individual research project. 30% of A level.
An A level qualification in a modern language is well regarded by the top universities and by employers in almost any field. During the course, students develop techniques for language learning which can be applied to future study of any language. A Level French would fit in with any arts or humanities subject, but would also give Science and Mathematics students the breadth of study which universities now demand.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Rainham Mark Grammar School directly.