French - A Level - Year 1

Did you know that French is one of the most widely spoken languages with over 120 million speakers worldwide? With increased globalisation and the opportunities offered by email, social networking and video-conferencing, a modern foreign language such as French is an enormous asset in many spheres of life and work.

French A Level is a 2 year course which involves the development of four aspects of the language (Reading, Writing, Listening & Speaking). It will enhance your understanding of French-speaking countries and their cultural differences.

During the course you will learn through a variety of exercises including reading and listening comprehension from a range of media sources. You will also present information, opinions and arguments either orally or in writing.

The first term includes a diagnostic and bridging course to ensure you have the necessary basic knowledge and skills to achieve your full potential in French.

Course units will include:

  • Aspects of French-speaking society - including The Changing Nature of Family, The Digital World and The Role of Volunteering
  • Artistic culture in the French-speaking world - including A Culture Proud of its Heritage, Contemporary Music and The Cinema
  • Aspects of French-speaking society - including The Positive Features of a Diverse Society, Life of the Marginalised and How Criminals are Treated
  • Aspects of political life in the French-speaking world - including The Right to Vote for Teenagers, Demonstrations & Strikes and Politics & Immigration
  • You will also study a film and a book and you will have the opportunity to complete an Individual Research Project (IRP) in preparation for your speaking exam.

    How will I be assessed?

    Assessments are at the end of the second year and will include:

    • Paper 1 – Listening & Reading comprehension and writing assessment (Translation) - 2 hours 30 minutes
    • Paper 2 – Writing assessment (Essays on the film and book) – 2 hours
    • Paper 3 – Speaking (presentation & discussion of IRP and stimulus card) – 23 minutes, including 5 minutes preparation

    What do I need?

    You will need to achieve at least 5 GCSEs – 2 at Grade 6 including French and 3 at Grade 5 including English.

    Where can it take me?

    • Halesowen College - you can progress to an exciting range of higher level courses, including Teaching and Business HNC/D.
    • University - related degrees including French, Marketing & Business.
    • Careers - This course is ideal if you are interested in a career as a Teacher, Linguist, Journalist, Translator, Interpreter, Banker, Travel Representative, Flight Attendant or Logistics Administrator.

    Additional information

    The Languages programme at Halesowen College is much more than classroom-based activities. The range of extra-curricular events, such as trips to European cities, university language days, masterclasses and an opportunity to write to fellow French students will enable you to practice your language skills and develop a deeper understanding of the culture and society of French-speaking countries.

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