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French A Level at St Andrew's Catholic School

Course description

Year 12

Social issues and 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).

Artistic culture :

  • A culture proud of it’s heritage (Une culture fière de son patrimoine).
  • Contemporary francophone music (La musique francophone contemporaine).
  • Cinema: the 7th art form (Cinéma : le septième art).

Works :

Students must study either one text or one film from the list below:

  • Texts - Molière Le Tartuffe, Voltaire Candide, Maupassant Boule de suif et autres contes de la guerre, Camus L’étranger, Françoise Sagan Bonjour tristesse, Claire Etcherelli Elise ou la vraie vie, Joseph Joffo Un sac de billes, Faïza Guène Kiffe kiffe demain or Philippe Grimbert Un secret.
  • Films -Au revoir les enfants, La Haine, L’auberge espagnole, Un long dimanche de fiançailles,, Entre les murs or Les 400 coups.

 

Year 13

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).

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).

Artistic culture in the French-speaking world

  • A culture proud of it’s heritage (Une culture fière de son patrimoine). Contemporary francophone music (La musique francophone contemporaine). Cinema: the 7th art form (Cinéma : le septième art). 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 in French

Assessment

Year 12

Exam 1 – Listening, Reading and Writing: 1 hour 45 mins

Examination paper (80 marks). Listening (35 marks) - students have individual control of the recording. Reading (35 marks) -questions will target main points, gist and detail. Translation into English (10 marks): a passage of minimum 70 words. 40% of the total AS marks.

Exam 2 – Writing test – 1 hour 15 mins

Examination paper (60 marks). Translation into French (15 marks): a passage of minimum 70 words. 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). 30% of the total AS marks

Exam 3 – Speaking test – 12-14 mins (+ 15 mins preparation)

Out of 60 marks. Discussion of two sub-themes (6–7 minutes on each) with the discussion based on a stimulus card for each sub-theme. 30% of the total AS marks, 15% of the total A Level.

 

Year 13

Exam 1 – Listening, Reading and Writing: 2 hours 30 mins

Examination paper (160marks). Listening (60 marks) - students have individual control of the recording. Reading (60 marks) -questions will target main points, gist and detail. Translation into English (20 marks): a passage of minimum 100 words. Translation into French (20 marks): a passage of minimum 100 words. 40% of the total A-level marks.

Exam 2 – Writing test – 2 hours

Examination paper (90 marks). Either one question in French on a set text from a choice of two questions and one question in French on a set film from a choice of two questions or two questions in French on set texts from a choice of two questions on each text. 30% of the total A-level marks.

Exam 3 – Speaking test – 21-23 mins (+ 5 mins preparation)

Out of 60 marks. 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). 30% of the total A-level marks.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Andrew's Catholic School directly.

Last updated date: 03 June 2016
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