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French A Level at Clitheroe Royal Grammar School

Course description

The courses encourage students to:

·         communicate confidently in French both through the spoken and written word

·         develop insights into the contemporary society, cultural background and heritage of countries where French is spoken

The 2 themes which will be covered in Year 12 are:

·         Travel and exploration (Advantages of travelling, working and studying abroad, environmental concerns, local culture and festivals in France)

·         Contemporary youth culture (Entertainment, music and the arts, media and digital culture, youth sub-cultures, trends and personal identity)

The 2 themes which will be covered in Year 13 are:

·         Diversity and difference Migration and integration, cultural identity and marginalisation, cultural enrichment and celebrating difference, discrimination and diversity

·         France 1940-1950: The Occupation and post-war years

Course content

AS Level

This can be taken as a stand-alone exam at the end of Year 12.

Component 1: Speaking

Non-exam assessment: 12-15 minutes (plus additional 15 minutes preparation time); 30% of AS Level. Learners are not permitted to use dictionaries in any part of the assessment.

·         Task 1 Arguing a point of view based on a written stimulus card (6-7 minutes)

·         Task 2 Discussion based on a written stimulus card with questions (6-8 minutes)

Component 2: Listening, Reading and Translation

Written examination; 2 hours 30 minutes; 50% of AS Level

Learners are not permitted to use dictionaries in any part of the assessment.

Section A: Listening

Section B: Reading

Section C: Translation – from French into English and English into French

Component 3: Critical response in writing (closed-book)

Written examination; 1 hour 15 minutes; 20% of AS Level.

Learners are not permitted to use dictionaries in any part of the assessment.

·         Two essay questions based on the study of one literary work or film from the prescribed list

A Level

Component 1: Speaking

Non-exam assessment; 21-23 minutes (including 5 minutes preparation); 30% of A Level. Learners are not permitted to use dictionaries in any part of the assessment.

·         Task 1 - Presentation of independent research project, usually a book or film (2 minutes). Discussion on the content of the research project (9-10 minutes).

·         Task 2 - Discussion based on a stimulus card relating to one of the themes studied

(5 minutes preparation time followed by 5-6 minutes discussion).

Component 2: Listening, Reading and Translation

Written examination; 2 hours 30 minutes; 50% of A Level. Learners are not permitted to use dictionaries in any part of the assessment.

·         Section A: Listening exam

·         Section B: Reading exam

·         Section C: Translation – from French into English and English into French

Component 3: Critical and analytical response in writing (closed-book)

Written examination; 2 hours; 20% of A Level

·         Two essays – one based on a literary work and the second on an additional literary work or film from the prescribed list

Entry requirements

Grade B in GCSE French and grade C in English Language

 

Assessment

The examinations are designed to develop the 4 skills of Listening, Reading, Speaking and Writing and are divided into 3 components which test a mixture of these skills. AS and A Level candidates must take all 3 components.

Further information

French is used as much as possible in lessons. We use authentic items from French radio, television, magazines, newspapers and the internet. We have a state of the art 22 position digital language laboratory and interactive whiteboards in every classroom with internet access. There is also a French Language Assistant whose role is to assist pupils with developing their spoken French. Our students also have the opportunity complete a one week work experience placement in Perpignan in the South of France at the start of Year 13.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Clitheroe Royal Grammar School directly.

Last updated date: 08 October 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years

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