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Modern Languages A Level at Woodbridge School

Course description

Module Content Assessment Method

Paper 1: Listening, reading and writing

  • Aspects of Hispanic society
  • Artistic culture in the Hispanic world
  • Multiculturalism in Hispanic society
  • Aspects of political life in Hispanic society
  • Grammar

Paper 2: Writing

  • one text and one film
  • grammar

Paper 3: Speaking

  • An individual research project
  • One of four sub-themes ie Aspects of Hispanic society or Artistic culture in the Hispanic world or Multiculturalism in Hispanic society or Aspects of political life in Hispanic society

Course content

Eight lessons per week shared by two language teachers, plus one lesson per week with the language assistant who is a native speaker of the target language. Much use will be made of Kerboodle, an Internet-based software package, produced by the publisher Nelson Thornes, along with a plethora of other online resources. Grammar is reviewed in the first instance, and topics relating to aspects of society, culture, multiculturalism and political life are taught and consolidated in a variety of ways. Film and literature are also examined and students are expected to research a topic of their own choice which is discussed in the oral.

Entry requirements

GCSE grade B in the language to be studied, though GCSE grade A/A* is a better indicator of success at A Level.

Assessment

  • Written exam: 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Listening, reading and translation
  • 160 marks in total
  • 40% of A Level

Paper 2: Writing

  • Written exam: 2 hours
  • Two essays (300 words each in the target language): one on the film, one on the novel
  • 90 marks in total
  • 30% of A Level

Paper 3: Speaking

  • Oral exam: 21-23 minutes (including 5 minutes preparation time)
  • 60 marks in total
  • 30% of A Level

Future opportunities

Entry to any good university to study a degree course in the language(s), including a year abroad. Alternatively, a proven record in advanced language learning allows access to new languages such as Russian, Mandarin or Arabic. Language skills support success in many academic courses (with study abroad through the EU Erasmus scheme) and those, along with other advantages such as cultural sensitivity, lead to success in a wide variety of professional careers.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 03 April 2017
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