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French A Level at Riddlesdown Collegiate

Course description

French has a wider currency as a language than is often realised. It is spoken as a first language in many parts of the world and is also one of the main languages of diplomacy within the EU. The French language possesses a heritage of great literature and includes works by authors as diverse as Molière, Proust and Sartre and by more contemporary writers such as Lévy and Le Clézio. Equally well regarded is the French philosophical tradition including such seminal figures as Descartes, Voltaire or Bourdieu. When it comes to the ‘7ème Art’, French directors such as Pagnol, Truffaut and Cocteau have influenced the world’s cinematography as well as offered relevant and deep analysis of the French society. France is our nearest neighbour in Europe and the one with which our history is most closely tied. In this sense, the study of French is also the study of us, in so far as the examination of French culture illuminates the similarities between Britain and France as well as the differences.

Course content

Year 12 This is taught through listening, speaking, reading and writing skills and covers the following contemporary topics:

Aspects of French-speaking society: the changing nature of family, the 'cyber-society' and the place of voluntary work 

Artistic culture in the French-speaking world: a culture proud of its heritage, contemporary francophone music and cinema: the 7th art form 

Grammar and translation 

Works: Literary text or film

Year 13 This is again delivered through listening, speaking, reading and writing skills and embraces the following current social issues: 

Aspects of French-speaking society (current trends): the changing nature of family, the ‘cyber-society’, the place of voluntary work 

Aspects of French-speaking society (current issues): Positive features of a diverse society, life for the marginalised, how criminals are treated 

Artistic culture in the French-speaking world: A culture proud of its heritage, contemporary francophone music, cinema 

Aspects of political life in the French-speaking world: Teenagers, the right to vote and political commitment, demonstrations, strikes – who holds the power?, politics and immigration 

Grammar and translation 

Works: Literary text and film 

Individual research project

Entry requirements

Specific Requirements & Skills Required:

 A strong drive to communicate clearly and effectively 

The confidence to engage in oral work 

A fascination for the French and francophone cultures 

An inquisitive and curious mind 

A high standard of literacy 

Highly self-motivated 

The willingness to take risks and make mistakes as part of the learning process 

An ability to manage time effectively and meet deadlines 

Confidence using and manipulating a range of different grammatical structures and tenses 

An ability to use reference materials effectively

Future opportunities

Most universities offer French and the subject can be studied either on its own or together with a range of other disciplines.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Riddlesdown Collegiate directly.

Last updated date: 19 December 2017
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