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French A Level at Queensbury Academy

Course description

At  ‘A’ level (AS and A2) all five language skills - Listening, Speaking, Reading, Writing and Translation have to be developed. Students will be learning vocabulary and grammar on a weekly basis. Learning will be interactive, including presentations and debates in the foreign language. Authentic resources will be used such as articles from the press, films, and recordings from TV programmes, the
radio or the internet. Through social, intellectual and cultural themes learners will be able to develop their linguistic knowledge and cultural understanding of the countries or communities where the language is spoken. An opportunity to study francophone literature, film and music will allow learners to undertake a deeper analysis of language structures and increase their cultural awareness as part of an
integrated approach to language learning. A strong focus is placed on building learners' confidence and fluency in spoken French using relevant and topical themes. The requirement to research an area of personal interest related to the country or countries where the language of study is spoken aims to enhance learners' cultural appreciation and enable them to gain a greater awareness of intercultural differences.
In the course of Year 12 we aim to offer students the opportunity to take part in a trip abroad, during which they would immerse themselves in the culture and language of the country they are visiting.

Course content

Year 12 – AS Modules
- Family structures, traditional and modern values, relationships
- Youth trends, issues and personal identity
- Educational and employment opportunities
- Regional culture and heritage in France,
- French-speaking countries and communities
- Literature, art, film and music in the French speaking world
Yr 13 – A2 Modules
- Migration and integration
- Cultural identity and marginalisation
- Discrimination and diversity
- From June 1940 May 1945 (occupation, liberation and end of world War II
- The cultural dimension (théâtre, cinéma litérature)
- Repercussions for modern day France

Entry requirements

Students need to have achieved at least a grade 5 in French at GCSE.

Future opportunities

The A level specification equips students with many transferable skills such as autonomy, resourcefulness, creativity, critical thinking, and linguistic, cultural and cognitive flexibility that will enable them to proceed to further study or to employment.
Former students have gone on to employment in marketing, journalism, tourism, scientific research, medicine, teaching, law, the leisure industry and many more.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Queensbury Academy directly.

Last updated date: 01 February 2018
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