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French AS A2 at Northampton School for Girls

Course description

The main aims of the course are to enable you to understand the spoken and written forms of the language in a variety of contexts and to communicate confidently and clearly in French both through the spoken and written word. The course aims not only to provide enjoyment and intellectual stimulation but also personal development by promoting learning and social skills.

Course content

What you will do·        Work in a variety of ways to develop speaking, listening, reading and writing skills.·        Listen to French radio, recorded material, discussions, songs and poems.·        Use the internet and videos in groups and independently.·        Read articles from newspapers and magazines as well as formal business letters. ·        Practise speaking to present arguments, express opinions, seek information, and discuss in groups.·        Develop a range of writing skills – formal and informal. You may read short extracts from well known writers.AS Level UnitsPaper 1: SpeakingRole-play set in business or domestic context.Discussion of topic chosen by student about an area of French lifePaper 2: Listening, Reading, Writing (one exam)Based on work and leisure. A range of tasks to demonstrate understanding. One letter or fax to be written in French from instructions in EnglishPaper 3: Reading and Writing (one exam)Two texts with a range of tasks to show understanding.One text as stimulus for a writing task (a summary of main points and personal view). A2 Level UnitsPaper 4: SpeakingStudents prepare a text from a newspaper and discuss it, moving on to discuss one topic in depth from the areas they have studied in A2Paper 5: Reading, Listening, Writing (one exam)Listening texts with questions in French.Reading texts with variety of tasks.Writing: a text in English, part of which needs to be explained in French.Paper 7: Culture and SocietyThe coursework option: one or two essays on a topic chosen by the student. (Students may do a written exam instead.)

Entry requirements

Your qualifications should include a minimum of a grade B in French at GCSE


AS Units:   Unit 1 - Oral,  Unit 3 - Written paper including listening,  Unit 4 - Written paperA2 Units :  Unit 5 - Oral.  Unit 7 - Written paper including listening,  Unit 8/9 - Essay on chosen topic or coursework essays.

Future opportunities

·        You may wish to go on and study languages at university or alternatively combine one language with another subject.·        You may prefer to use your language skills as part of a business or commercial course as there are many areas in business and tourism where languages are an asset. You may also like the idea of having a year working abroad – perhaps taking on seasonal work in the tourist industry, or as an au-pair, with a family.·        Learning a foreign language gives you confidence and scope for a wide range of challenging opportunities.It can be very useful for international banking or law, teaching and the Civil Service.

Further information

Student comment"I chose to continue studying French at AS/A Level as I enjoy the subject immensely. At first, I was afraid of speaking French in case I made mistakes but my teachers are incredibly understanding and helpful."

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 02 December 2015
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