French at Penketh High School
AS YEAR 12The units covered are:UNIT 1 : Spoken Expression & Response in French8-10 minute assessment in two sections Section A: requires students to respond to 4 EDEXCEL-set questions on stimulus realtedto the student’s chosen general topic area. - Youth, Culture and concerns - Lifestyle: health and fitness - The world around us: travel, tourism, environmental issues and the French-speaking world - Education and employment Section B: requires the teacher/examiner to engage the student in a discussion that, although still relating to the same general topic area and its linked subtopics, moves awayfrom the main focus of the stimulus. UNIT 2: Understanding & Written Response in FrenchThis unit requires the student to understand & convey their understanding of Frenchlanguage texts and recordings. In addition, students will need to produce an essay to demonstrate an ability to manipulate the French language in continuous writing. 2 hr 30 minute paper in 3 sections: Section A: ListeningSection B: reading authentic materials and retrieving and conveying information Section C: Writing: 200-220 words in the form of a letter, report or article in FreA2 YEAR 13The units covered are:Unit 3:Understanding & Spoken Response in FrenchThis unit requires students to demonstrate the effectiveness of their French-languageskills by presenting and taking a clear stance on any issue of their choice. 11-13 minute assessment Students first outline their chosen issue for about 1 minute, adopting a definite stance towards the issue. They should then defend and justify their opinions for up to 4 minutes.The teacher/examiner will then initiate a spontaneous discussion in which a minimum of two further unpredictable areas of discussion will be covered. Unit 4: Research, Understanding & Written Response in FrenchThis unit requires students to demonstrate skills in advanced-level writing (discursive or creative essay) and translation from English into French. The unit also requires students todemonstrate evidence of independent, advanced-level French-language reading and research of a chosen text, play, film or topic area that links to the culture and/or society of a French-speaking country or community. - Youth culture & concerns - Lifestyle: Health & Fitness - Education & Employment - Customs, traditions, beliefs & religions - National & international events: past, present & future- Literature & the arts 2 hr 30 minute paper in 3 sectionsSection A: Written translation-English to French Section B: Essay in response to 1 of 7 possible questions related to the above topic areas.Section C: Research-based essay (240-270 words).
To study French at AS or A2 level a Grade B or above at GCSE is required. You should have an interest in current affairs and social issues, particularly in the context of the countries concerned.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Penketh High School directly.