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French at Bishop Justus Church of England School

Course description

Students will be studying French using the four skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing. You will gradually increase your vocabulary by studying a range of day to day topics, such as the Environment, Social Issues and other issues that affect young people today. These topics will be relevant and interesting to you, and will be presented via a range of authentic texts and French newspapers. You will be doing oral presentations and writing essays on these topics, as well as answering comprehension questions which will increase your vocabulary and build your confidence. You will also have opportunities to improve your spoken French, through a French Assistant who you will have one-to-one weekly contact with.

Entry requirements

Students will need a B in GCSE French.


At AS you will be assessed in the first 2 units: Spoken Expression and Response in French: This is a speaking unit where students will speak/discuss in French on a general topic chosen in advance. Understanding and Written response in French: This unit is divided into listening, reading and writing. Students will be required to listen to and read authentic French language material, plus write an essay of 200-220 words based on a French language stimulus. At A2, you will be assessed in the final 2 units: Understanding and Spoken response in French. This is a second speaking unit where students must argue for or against an issue of their choice, using the language of debate and argument. The response ends in a discussion. Research, Understanding and Written response in French. This is mainly a written paper divided into 3 sections. A translation exercise; An essay from a choice in French; A research-based essay.

Future opportunities

A course in French will open up the world to you, and will help to get into professions in areas such as: Translating/Interpreting; International Business; Teaching; Airline Industry; Tourism; Travel/Hospitality. The ability to speak another language opens up a whole new world to you. You will be able to travel, meet new friends and gain jobs across the globe. Having a language on your CV automatically makes you a more attractive candidate for any job, as it demonstrates you have good communication and listening skills.

Further information

To find out more information please speak with Mentors, Subject Leaders, Connexions Personal Advisors or school careers staff.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Bishop Justus Church of England School directly.

Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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