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French A level at Long Road Sixth Form College

Course description

Modern Languages provide enjoyable and useful lifelong skills. Whether used at work or for leisure purposes, they open up new avenues of communication and encourage a broader cultural understanding. Almost all teaching will be in French.

To improve your listening and speaking skills, you will have regular access to interactive on-line resources and weekly contact with a foreign language assistant.  Students also have the opportunity to take part in work experience in France and other enrichment activities.

Features of our language courses:

  • A ‘Bridging the Gap’ programme during the first half term
     
  • Weekly contact with a foreign language assistant
     
  • Courses taught mainly in the target language
     
  • Provision for bilingual students
     
  • Very well resourced and equipped department
     
  • Enthusiastic and supportive specialist teachers

There are opportunities for excellent work experience opportunities abroad.  Students can also take part in revision courses in France. In addition, we provide Gap Year advice about working abroad.

There are also theatre and cinema visits.

You will enjoy and benefit from French if you:

  • have shown an aptitude for languages at GCSE or in previous studies;
     
  • are interested in how languages work;
     
  • are confident about expressing your views, both orally and on paper;
     
  • are interested in current affairs and future issues, both within Europe and the wider world.

Course content

Year 1 course content

Aspects of French-speaking society: current trends

· 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)

Artistic culture in the French-speaking world

· 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)

One cultural topic:

· The study of a feature film

 Year 2 course content

Aspects of French-speaking society: current issues

· 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)

Aspects of Political life in the French-speaking world

· 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)

One cultural topic:

· The study of one literary work

Individual oral research project:

Students will prepare a subject or a key question which is of interest to them and which relates to a country or countries where French is spoken.

Entry requirements

At least 7 GCSEs at Grade 4 in a range of subjects including Maths and English. You need at least a Grade 6 in GCSE French.

 

Assessment

All assessment will be at the end of the second year:

Paper 1: Listening, Reading and Writing (50% of the qualification)

Paper 2: Writing (20% of the qualification)

Paper 3: Speaking (30% of the qualification)

Future opportunities

The study of French can lead to a variety of careers both in this country and abroad: it is now widely recognised that people with language skills are more employable. International companies welcome language graduates; there is the possibility of working overseas, and an ability in the local language will help if you are planning to work overseas teaching English as a Foreign Language.  A year abroad during a university course is often described as the ‘magic ingredient’, providing individuals with real independence and experience of the wider world.

Students who completed their courses in 2017 are currently studying, or will be studying in 2018, Language, Culture and Communication at Warwick University, History, Literature and Culture at Brighton, Arabic and French at University of Central Lancashire and French and Linguistics at York University.

 

Further information

Come to our Open Evening on 17th and 18th October 5-9pm.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 27 September 2018
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