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Modern Foreign Languages at Ashmole Academy

Course description

The AQA MFL course allows students to build on the core skills, vocabulary and grammar which they developed during their GCSE studies so that they can become fluent speakers with a keen understanding of the geography, history, literature and film of their linguistic area of study. The focus on technically advanced translation also ensures that our students will be able to pursue university courses in MFL and find employment using these skills at any point in their adult lives.

The course is designed to develop our student’s interest in the French, German or the Spanish speaking world so that they can comment on themes ranging from Latin American Dictatorship to New Wave French Cinema. Students will study two broad themes, irrespective of the language they choose. They are: social and political trends and political and artistic culture. Students will also study a film in the target language which they will analyse in detail. Underpinning each of these topic areas is a robust grammar course which students will complete in September. The material which we study will include complex factual and abstract content and a variety of resources drawn from authentic target language sources.

There is an emphasis on developing practical skills such as translation to and from German, Spanish or French; listening and reading for ‘gist’ and detail; and essay writing. The A-Level examinations consist of a written paper, a listening/reading/writing paper and a recorded oral examination.

In the second year of the course our students study a piece of German, French or Spanish literature and continue to study a range of political and artistic topics relevant to the countries where the language is spoken. The students will also complete an individual research project into an element of Hispanic or Gallic culture which interests them. This will form the basis for their speaking examination at the end of the year.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Ashmole Academy directly.

Last updated date: 28 February 2018