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Modern Foreign Languages A Level at St Angela's Ursuline School

Course description

The course focuses on speaking, listening, reading and writing skills, students who take the subject must be prepared for a subject that is challenging. Students study a variety of topics, as outlined below and in a increasingly global community, transferable language skills for the future.

Course content

SUBJECT CONTENT AT AS

There are three components of the AS paper:
Component 1: Speaking
You are given two pictures which are stimulus cards for wider discussion.
You have 15 minutes preparation time and are then required to discuss each card for 6-7 minutes.
This paper is worth 30% of your overall grade

Component 2: Listening, Reading and Translation
Section A: Listening,
Section B: Reading
Section C: Translation from English into French/German/Spanish and from French/ German/Spanish into English.

This examination lasts 2 hours and is worth 50% of your overall grade.

Component 3: Critical response in writing

You are required to write one essay on either the film you have studied or the book that you have studied. You will only study one of the two in year 12.

This examination lasts 1hour and 15 minutes.
This paper is worth 20% of your overall grade.

SUBJECT CONTENT AT A2

There are three components of the AS paper:

Task 1: a) a 2 minute presentation of your independent research project

b) Discussion on the content of your research project for 9-10 minutes

project for 9-10 minutes Task 2: A general discussion based on a stimulus card relating to one of the themes studies during the year. (You have five minutes preparation time and must then discuss for 5-6 minutes.)

The entire speaking assessment lasts 21-23 minutes.
This paper is worth 30% of your overall grade.

Component 2: Listening, Reading and Translation
Section A: Listening,
Section B: Reading
Section C: Translation from English into French/ German/Spanish and from French/German/ Spanish into English.
This examination lasts 2 hours and thirty minutes and is worth 50% of your overall grade

Component 3: Critical response in writing
You are required to write two essays. One must be on a literary text. The second can be either a film or a second literary text that you have studied from the prescribed list.
This examination lasts 2 hours.
This paper is worth 20% of your overall grade

Entry requirements

Students are expected to have a B grade at GCSE level in their chosen Language.

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Future opportunities

A language is often the determining factor in obtaining a range of jobs. On the one hand having a second language enables you to work in different countries. Areas such as the import/export market, business, finance, banking, politics, international charitable fund raising, engineering, scientific research, teaching and interpreting require sound linguistic ability. However, other areas also acknowledge the more general skills that learning a language provide. Areas such as media, journalism, marketing and human resources particularly look to employing languages graduates. Language graduates are one of the fastest groups to find gainful employment once they leave university.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Angela's Ursuline School directly.

Last updated date: 15 March 2017
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