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French - A Level at The Latymer School

Course description

Year 1 / AS Topics:

  • The changing nature of family (La famille en voie de changement)
  • The 'cyber-society' (La « cyber-société »)
  • The place of voluntary work (Le rôle du bénévolat)
  • A culture proud of its heritage (Une culture fière de son patrimoine)
  • Contemporary francophone music (La musique francophone contemporaine)
  • Cinema: the 7th art form (Cinéma : le septième art)
  • Set text (Film): La Haine (1995) by Matthieu Kassovitz

In the second year of A Level, students learn about and debate complex and controversial topics such as social unrest in French suburbs, secularism (the recent banning of the Islamic veil in public places) and responses to terrorism, all through the lense of Francophone culture. They read literature, including Boule de Suif by Maupassant – a bleakly funny tale about power, class, religion and sexuality set during the Franco Prussian war of 1871.

Year 2 Topics:

  • Positive features of a diverse society (Les aspects positifs d'une société diverse)
  • Life for the marginalised (Quelle vie pour les marginalisés ? )
  • How criminals are treated (Comment on traite les criminels)
  • Teenagers, the right to vote and political commitment (Les ados, le droit de vote et l'engagement politique)
  • Demonstrations, strikes – who holds the power? (manifestations, grèves – à qui le pouvoir ? )
  • Politics and immigration (La politique et l'immigration)
  • Set text (Film): Boule de Suif (1881) by Guy de Maupassant

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Latymer School directly.

Last updated date: 06 October 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September