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AS/A2 Modern Foreign Languages - French at St John Fisher Catholic College - Trinity Sixth Form

Course description

 

Students will build upon those languages skills gained at GCSE level. We aim to enable our students to analyse, discuss and establish their own thoughts and views on the subject matter, whilst encouraging them to become involved in wider reading in order to keep up with daily life in France.

Lessons include the opportunity to listen for key detail, to read articles and feed back to peers and to speak and give their opinions on topics, through debates and in discussion with the native language assistant. In every lesson there is the opportunity to re-visit previous topics through games and puzzle-solving!

 

Course content

AS Level: Social Issues and Trends. Aspects of French-speaking society: current trends

  • The changing nature of the family (La famille en voie de changement)
  • The "cyber-society" (La cyber-société)
  • The place of voluntary work (Le rôle du bénévolat)

A Level: Aspects of French-speaking society: current issues:

  • Positive features of a diverse society (Les aspects positifs d’une société diverse)
  • Life for the marginalised (Quelle vie pour les marginalisés?)
  • How criminals are treated (Commen on traite les criminels)

AS Level: Political and Artistic culture in the French-speaking world

  • A culture proud of its heritage (Une culture fiére de son patrimoine)
  • Contemporary francophone music (La musique francophone contemporaine)
  • Cinema: the 7th art form (Cinéma: le septiéme art)

A Level: Aspects of political life in the French-speaking world

  • Teenagers, the right to vote and political commitment (Les ados, le droit de vote et l’engagement politique)
  • Demonstrations, strikes- who holds he power? (Manifestations, gréves – à qui la pouvoir?)
  • Politics and immigration (La politique et l’immigration)

Grammar: AS and A Level students will be expected to have studied the grammatical system and structures of the language during their course. Knowledge of the grammar and structures specified for GCSE is assumed.
 

Entry requirements

 

Grade B pass in French at GCSE

 

Assessment

Paper 1: Listening, reading and writing

What is assessed?

  • Aspects of French-speaking society; current trends
  • Artistic culture in the French-speaking world
  • Grammar

How is it assessed?

  • Written exam
  • Listening and responding
  • Reading and responding to a variety of texts written for different purposes
  • Translation into English of a passage
  • Translation into French of a passage

Paper 2: Writing

What is assessed?

  • One text and one film or two texts from the lists in the specification
  • Grammar

How is it assessed?

Either one question in French on a set text from a choice of two questions and one question in French on a set film from a choice of two questions or two questions in French on set texts from a choice of two questions on each text.

Paper 3: Speaking

What is assessed?

  • Individual research project
  • One of four sub-themes i.e: Aspects of French-speaking society -current trends, Aspects of French-speaking society - current issues, Artistic Culture in the French-speaking world, Aspects of political life in the French speaking world

One sub-theme from Aspects of French-speaking society: current trends and one sub-theme from Artistic Culture in the French-speaking world

How is it assessed?

  • Oral exam: 21-23 minutes (including 5 minutes preparation time)

Future opportunities

 

There is no doubt about it; having a language is viewed as highly favourable amongst employers! It demonstrates that you are not only a good communicator, but also able to listen effectively. You could take these skills into any field of work such as Law, Medicine, Teaching, Politics and  Business and Marketing to name a few.

 

Further information

Students studying this course say:

 

Having a modern language makes you very employable after you leave school” (An A2 French Student)

 

“My grammar has improved along with my knowledge of French culture.  This has boosted my self confidence, which has had a good effect on my other subjects.”

 (An A2 French Student)

 

“5 weeks into the course and I know I definitely made the right choice. As an AS student I am given fantastic support and the pace is at a manageable speed. (AS student of French)

 

French will be taught at the St John Fisher site.

 

 

 

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St John Fisher Catholic College - Trinity Sixth Form directly.

Last updated date: 01 March 2017

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years
  • Course code: AQA 2651

Contact details

    • Contact name:
    • Mark Stevens
    • Contact telephone number:
    • 01782615636
    • Email address:
    • MStevens@sjfcc.net

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