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French AS/A2 at Trinity School

Course description

Students will develop their linguistic skills alongside their understanding of the culture and society of countries where French is spoken. Students study social and technological change alongside highlights of French-speaking artistic culture, including francophone music and cinema. Students also explore the influence of the past on present-day French-speaking communities. Throughout their studies, they will learn the language in the context of French-speaking countries and the issues and influences which have shaped them. Students will study a text or a film. Assessment tasks will be varied and cover listening, speaking, reading and writing skills.

Course content

Year 1 (Year 12) - 3.1.1 Aspects of French-speaking society: current trends -

• The changing nature of the family (La famille en voie de changement)

• The 'cyber-society' (La « cyber-société »)

• The place of voluntary work (Le rôle du bénévolat)

3.2 Artistic culture Students must study the following themes and sub-themes in relation to at least one French speaking country. Where France is not specified, st udents may study the theme or sub-theme in relation to any French-speaking country.

3.2.1 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)

3.3 Grammar: AS students will be expected to have studied the grammatical system and structures of the anguage during their course. Knowledge of the grammar and structures specified for GCSE is assumed. In the exam students will be required to use, actively and accurately, grammar and structures appropriate to the tasks set, drawn from the following list. The mention of an item in this list implies knowledge of both its forms and its functions at an appropriate level of accuracy and complexity. The examples in italics in parentheses are indicative; they serve to illustrate the part of speech or structure that the student must know and do not represent an exhaustive specification of the required grammatical knowledge. For items marked (R), receptive knowledge only is required.

 

Year 2 (Year 13) - 3.1.2 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)

3.2 Political and artistic culture - Students must study the themes and sub-themes below in relation to at least one French-speaking country.

3.2.2 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

Entry requirements

A ‘B’ grade in the French is generally the minimum requirement. In some cases there may be allowances for a C grade.

Assessment

Year 1 - Listening, reading and writing

• Aspects of French-speaking society: current trends

• Artistic culture in the French-speaking world

• Grammar

• Written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes

• 80 marks

• 40% of AS

• Listening and responding to spoken passages from a range of contexts and sources covering different registers and adapted as necessary. Material will include complex factual and abstract content and questions will target main points, gist and detail. Studio recordings will be used and students will have individual control of the recording. Questions in French to be answered with non-verbal responses or in French (35 marks).

• Reading and responding to a variety of texts written for different purposes, drawn from a range of authentic sources and adapted as necessary. Material will include complex factual and abstract content and questions will target main points, gist and detail. Questions in French to be answered with non-verbal responses or in French (35 marks)

• Translation into English; a passage of minimum 70 words (10 marks)

• One text or one film from the lists in the specification

• Grammar

• Written exam: 1 hour 15 minutes

• 60 marks

• 30% of AS

• Translation into French; a passage of minimum 70 words (15 marks).

• Either one question in French on a set text from a choice of two questions or one question in French on a set film from a choice of two questions (45 marks)

• All questions will require a critical response to aspects such as plot, characterisation, imagery or other stylistic features as appropriate to the work studied. No access to texts or films during the assessment. No access to a dictionary during the assessment. Students are advised to write approximately 250 words for the essay.

Speaking - One sub-theme from Aspects of French-speaking society: current trends and one sub-theme from Artistic culture in the French-speaking world. How it's assessed

• Oral exam: 12–14 minutes

• 60 marks

• 30% of AS

Discussion of two sub-themes (6–7 minutes on each) with the discussion based on a stimulus card for each sub-theme. The student studies the cards for 15 minutes before the test begins.

Year 2 assessment (Year 13): Paper 1: Listening, reading and writing.

• Aspects of French-speaking society: current trends

• Aspects of French-speaking society: current issues

• Artistic culture in the French-speaking world

• Aspects of political life in the French-speaking world

• Grammar

• Written exam: 2 hours 30 minutes

• 160 marks in total

• 40% of A-level

• Listening and responding to spoken passages from a range of contexts and sources covering different registers and adapted as necessary. Material will include complex factual and abstract content and questions will target main points, gist and detail.  Studio recordings will be used and students will have individual control of the recording. All questions are in French, to be answered with non-verbal responses or in French (60 marks)

• Reading and responding to a variety of texts written for different purposes, drawn from a range of authentic sources and adapted as necessary. Material will include complex factual and abstract content and questions will target main points, gist and detail. All questions are in French, to be answered with non-verbal responses or in French (60 marks)

• Translation into English; a passage of minimum 100 words (20 marks)

• Translation into French; a passage of minimum 100 words (20 marks).

 

Paper 2: Writing

• One text and one film or two texts from the list set in the specification

• Grammar

• Written exam: 2 hours

• 90 marks in total

• 30% of A-level

•Either one question in French on a set text from a choice of two questions and one question inFrench on a set film from a choice of two questions or two questions in French on set texts from achoice of two questions on each text.

• All questions will require a critical appreciation of the concepts and issues covered in the work and a critical and analytical response to features such as the form and the technique of presentation, as appropriate to the work studied (eg the effect of narrative voice in a prose text or camera work in a film). No access to texts or films during the assessment. No access to a dictionary during the assessment. Students are advised to write approximately 300 words per essay.

Writing Paper

• Individual research project

• One of four sub-themes i.e. Aspects of French-speaking society: current trends, Aspects of French-speaking society: current issues, Artistic culture in the French-speaking world, Aspects of political life in the French-speaking world.

• Oral exam: 21–23 minutes (including 5 minutes preparation time)

• 60 marks in total

• 30% of A-level

• Discussion of a sub-theme with the discussion based on a stimulus card (5–6 minutes). The student studies the card for 5 minutes at the start of the test (25 marks)

.• Presentation (2 minutes) and discussion (9–10 minutes) of individual research project (35 marks). No access to a dictionary during the assessment (including 5 minutes preparation). Students may take the assessment only once before certification. Assessments will be conducted by either the centre or a visiting examiner and marked by an AQA examiner.

 

Future opportunities

We have had a good number of students in previous years who have gone on to continue their language studies at university and have entered the Education sector as a result. In a highly regarded subject, it is also a useful subject in terms of getting into a chosen university. It shows a depth of knowledge and communication skills that are highly valued by admissions tutors.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 01 November 2016
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