The Modern Languages Department is one of the most vibrant centres for study in the county and places a lot of emphasis on the idea of lifelong learning and the role of languages in the curriculum. Whilst the main languages of Spanish, French and German are studied on the main curriculum, there are often opportunities to study Arabic, Japanese, Mandarin Chinese and Korean. Not to mention the array of visits to the countries where the main languages are spoken. At A Level there is a lot of variety and students have an opportunity to branch out for their oral topic as they set and research a personal area of interest in the countries of these languages.
Outline of the Course
Component 1 - Speaking - This unit comprises of 2 parts. The first part is a discussion on a topic chosen by the student. The second part is based on a stimulus card on one of the themes covered at A level and ensuing discussion.
Component 2 - Listening, reading and translation - Students will be asked to transfer meaning from a number of audio texts and reading texts through multi choice questions, gap filling and question and answer type responses.The translations include translating one text from English to the assessed language and another from the assessed language to English.
Component 3 - Critical and analytical response in writing - Students will be asked to write two essays based on a text and / or a film which has been studied in class.
Components include the following topics: travel and exploration, diversity and difference, contemporary youth culture and for French - France 1940-1950 The occupation and post war years.
Texts and films – Le silence de la Mer (novel) and Les Choristes (film) -
Type of Assessment
Examination: Oral assessment – discussion on a chosen topic followed by discussion based on a stimulus card
Examination: Listening, reading and translation from target language to English and English to target language
2 hours 30 minutes
Examination: Writing assessment – based on texts or film
Guarantees a place on the course: 7 in French
You could take this course with other advanced level course or equivalent to prepare for higher education in French, Languages or more general higher education courses. With further training, you could go into a job related to French or Languages such as a Teacher, Translator, or you may wish to use your French to study or work over in France. The course will also help you develop the skills, understanding and knowledge that many employers across lots of industries are looking for, especially in the travel and tourism sector.