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Modern Foreign Languages French/German/Spanish A Level at Myton School

Course description

Languages are great if you want to communicate with others and enhance your cultural awareness.
You will become a proficient linguist with a range of transferrable skills and the chance to study/work abroad.

Course content

FRENCH

Aspects of French-speaking society: current trends

  • The changing nature of family
  • Cyber-society
  • The place of voluntary work

Artistic culture in the French-speaking world

  • A culture proud of its heritage
  • Contemporary francophone music
  • Cinema: the 7th art form

Aspects of French-speaking society: current issues

  • Positive features of a diverse society
  • Life for the marginalised
  • How criminals are treated

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

Also a book and a film.

GERMAN

Aspects of German-speaking society

  • The changing state of the family
  • The digital world
  • Youth culture: fashion and trends, music, television

Artistic culture in the German-speaking world

  • Festivals and traditions
  • Art and Architecture
  • Cultural life in Berlin, past and present

Multiculturalism in German-speaking society

  • Immigration
  • Integration
  • Racism

Aspects of political life in the German-speaking World

  • Germany and the European Union
  • Politics and Youth
  • German reunification and its consequences

Also a book and a film.

SPANISH

Aspects of Hispanic society

  • Modern and traditional values
  • Cyberspace
  • Equal rights

Artistic culture in the Hispanic World

  • Modern day idols
  • Spanish regional identity
  • Cultural heritage or cultural landscape

Multiculturalism in Hispanic society

  • Immigration
  • Racism
  • Integration

Aspects of political life in the Hispanic world

  • Today’s youth, tomorrow’s citizens
  • Monarchies, republics and dictatorships
  • Popular movements

Also a book and a film.

Entry requirements

At least a grade 6 GCSE in the chosen language

Assessment

Paper 1 – Mixed Skills paper: Listening, Reading, Translation into English, Translation into the language of study
Written exam – 2 hours 30 minutes – 40% of A level
Paper 2 – Two books from the set list or one book from the set list and one film from the set list
Written exam – 2 hours – 30% of A level

Future opportunities

The opportunity to study languages at university combined with most other subjects is an attractive route for many A level linguists.

There are a multitude of courses on offer that focus on literature, history, law, tourism, society, culture, film, politics, art and many more. The main routes at university for further study are: to continue studying the linguistic and cultural aspects of the language, translation and interpretation, or as a minor subject that is studied alongside a main subject (French with Law, for example). Most universities encourage the combination of a foreign language with another subject as they recognise the skills that studying a foreign language can develop.

Some of the more popular jobs that benefit from having an A level in a foreign language are journalism, marketing, tourism, law, politics, teaching, police service, civil service, espionage, intelligence gathering and international relations and finance. Having a qualification in a foreign language is looked upon very favourably by most employers.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 02 January 2018
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