How long does it last? Two years
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Students who take this course:
Students will have a minimum of a Grade 7 in GCSE French. Students will be interested in the culture and way of life in the countries where French is spoken and it is likely that students will spend time in one of these countries on an educational visit or exchange. Students will need to take a positive interest in current affairs and ethical issues in general. Students could go on to study languages further at degree level and language graduates are sought after and highly employable. Languages are also enabling A Levels for a vast range of degree courses.
This course is a radical and exciting departure from the GCSE specification. Far higher levels of independent study and research skills are required. A more rigorous approach to grammar is a prerequisite to achieving true mastery of the language. Students are strongly advised to read French newspapers as well as visiting French speaking countries.
Students will gain a lasting appreciation of language and learning, an ability to comprehend French in a wide range of contexts, an ability to communicate readily in French for a variety of purposes, a useful knowledge of and insights into French-speaking cultures (both contemporary and historic) and valuable skills for foreign travel, further education and employment.
Students will be assessed in the four skills (listening, reading, writing and speaking) and will be required to develop knowledge and understanding, through the language of study, of aspects of the society, culture and history of the country or countries where the language is spoken.
A Level students will study all four of the following themes:
- Aspects of French society
- Artistic culture in the French world
- Multiculturalism in the French world
- Aspects of political life in the French world
Students will also be required, at A Level, to study and critically appreciate in writing two works, one of which must be a literary work.
The list of literary works must include a range from the following genres: novels, series of short stories, plays, selection of poems, life writing (such as autobiography, letters and journals).
The list of films must include feature length films and can include selections of short films organised by theme or director.