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French A Level at Wheatley Park School

Course description

French is an official language in 43 countries around the world and the only language, alongside English, to be spoken on all five continents. France has won more Nobel Prizes for Literature than any other country.

The number of people visiting France every year is greater than its population! France ranks second in the world for quality of life and Canada, another French speaking country ranks first!

You will experience film, literature and music as part of the course. French cinema and literature have influenced the art world throughout the years and you will be able to analyse how and why. You will also study contemporary social and political aspects of the French society. If you go beyond A Level with French, the world really is your oyster “le monde t’appartient”. There are many exciting opportunities for students with French A level. Take a language degree together with related modules in areas such as linguistics, drama, film and media, politics and society, history, literature, popular culture or combine language study with another discipline e.g. French and Computer Science – Politics and French – Marine Sciences with French.  The possibilities are endless!

Course content

A Level Topics

Theme 1: Current trends

The changing nature of family; the cyber-society; the place of voluntary work.

Theme 2: Current issues

Positive features of a diverse society; life for the marginalised; how criminals are treated.

Theme 3: Political and artistic culture

A culture proud of its heritage; contemporary francophone music; cinema: the 7th art form; teenagers: the right to vote and political commitment; demonstrations, strikes - who holds the power?; politics and immigration.

La littérature et le cinéma français

We will study one literary text and one film from a prescribed list which includes:

Molière “Le Tartuffe” • Voltaire “Candide” • Guy de Maupassant “Boule de Suif et autres contes de la guerre” • Albert Camus “L’étranger” • Françoise Sagan “Bonjour tristesse” .

“Les 400 coups” François Truffaut • “Au revoir les enfants” Louis Malle • “La Haine” Mathieu Kassovitz • “L’auberge espagnole” Cédric Klapisch  • “Un long dimanche de fiançailles” Jean-Pierre Jeunet • “Entre les murs” Laurent Cantet

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 14 November 2017

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