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Modern Foreign Languages - French, German and Spanish A Level at Bishop Heber High School

Course description

The AQA specifications for AS and A level French, German and Spanish are designed to encourage students to:

  • develop an interest in, and enthusiasm for, language learning
  • develop understanding of the language in a variety of contexts and genres
  • communicate confidently, clearly and effectively in the language for a range of purposes
  • develop awareness and understanding of the contemporary society, cultural background and heritage of countries or communities where the language is spoken.
  • consider their study of the language in a broader context 
  • derive enjoyment and benefit from language learning
  • acquire knowledge, skills and understanding for practical use, further study and/or employment  
  • communicate with speakers of the language 
  • take their place in a multilingual global society

 

 

Course content

The AS and A level courses are taught alongside a progressive and comprehensive grammar programme which allows students to reach a considerable level of proficiency. This in turn gives students the power to express opinions, build and put forward coherent arguments, and to write wellbalanced essays. Weekly conversation classes with a native speaker are arranged as an integral part of the programme.

Topics at AS level

1. Social issues and trends

2. Artistic culture

3. Literary texts and films

 

The A level French, German and Spanish courses cover a broad area of study and certain prescribed aspects for closer examination. Students study social and technological change alongside highlights of French/German/Spanish-speaking artistic culture, including music and cinema. Students also explore the influence of the past on present-day French/German/Spanish-speaking communities. Throughout their studies, they will learn the language in the context of French/German/Spanishspeaking countries and the issues and influences which have shaped them. Students will study a text or a film. A range of grammar will be covered. Students will equip themselves with transferable skills such as autonomy, resourcefulness, creativity, critical thinking, and linguistic, cultural and cognitive flexibility that will enable them to proceed to further study or to employment. Assessment tasks will be varied and cover listening, speaking, reading and writing skills, assessed over 3 examinations. Weekly conversation classes with a native speaker are arranged as an integral part of the programme.

Topics at A-level

1. Social issues and trends

2. Political and artistic culture

3. Literary texts and films 

 

Assessment

Examinations at AS level

Paper 1: Listening, reading and writing: 1 hr and 45 minutes 40% of AS

What's assessed:

• Aspects of French/German/Spanish-speaking society: current trends

• Artistic culture in the French/German/Spanish-speaking world

• Grammar

Paper 2: Writing: 1 hr and 15 minutes: 30% of AS

What's assessed:

• One text or one film from the lists in the specification

• Grammar

Paper 3: Speaking: 12 – 14 minutes: 30% of AS

What's assessed:

One sub-theme from Aspects of French/German/Spanish-speaking society: current trends and one sub-theme from artistic culture in the French/German/Spanish-speaking world.

 

Examinations at A-level

Paper 1: Listening, reading and writing: 2 hrs and 30 minutes: 40% of A level 

What's assessed: 

  • Aspects of French/German/Spanish-speaking society: current trends
  • Aspects of French/German/Spanish-speaking society: current issues
  •  Artistic culture in the French/German/Spanish-speaking world
  • Aspects of political life in the French/German/Spanish-speaking world 
  • Grammar

Paper 2: Writing: 2 hrs: 30% of A-level 

What’s assessed:

• One text and one film or two texts from the list set in the specification

• Grammar

Paper 3: Speaking: 21- 23 minutes: (including 5 mins prep) 30% of A level

What's assessed:

  •  Individual research project
  • One of four sub-themes i.e. Aspects of French/German/Spanish-speaking society: current trends/current issues, artistic culture - French/German/Spanish-speaking world, aspects of political life in the French/German/Spanish-speaking world. 

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 01 September 2016

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