French

Overview

FrenchThis is a post-GCSE course. As well as course book texts, you will work on video and audio materials in our multi-media language labs, and a number of Internet/Intranet sources. All language work is firmly linked to contemporary issues and life in France and other French-speaking countries. There are plenty of chances to develop authentic French – you will have small group conversation sessions with our French assistant, and are also encouraged to take part in the exchange with our French partner school in Cholet, and/or to take up the opportunity of a week’s work experience placement in France. By the end of Year 12 you will be able to study short off-air news items in French recorded from our satellite TV, and make brief summaries of them to report to others. You will also watch and analyse some French feature films.

Course Outline

There are 3 components:

Speaking: 21-23 minute discussion with examiner including 5 minute preparation time.

Listening, Reading and Translating: Comprehension recordings and texts based on authentic material.

Writing: 2 essays in French on a book and a film.

Assessment

No Coursework
Examination (100%)
Examining Board – Eduqas.

Special Entry Requirements

You need to have at least grade 4 (C) in GCSE French and must have done Higher Level. The great majority of entrants have grade 6 (B) or better. These requirements are in addition to our standard A level entry requirements.

Prohibited Options

Students do not normally study more than two languages at A Level.

Career and Progression Opportunities

Students progress to a wide variety of destinations. Typically at least 50% take a degree involving languages, often combining French with another subject such as a second language, or Law, English, Business, Tourism. Students going on to employment or training progress into areas such as retail and leisure and tourism.

Teaching Methods

You will develop language skills in a wide variety of ways, making full use of our two Multi-Media Language Labs and drawing on a range of sources from course books to Internet and satellite TV. In class you will carry out a lot of pair and group work designed to build up your communicative skills. Our VLE also has a range of interactive exercises including vocabulary learning and listening work. Each week, in addition to mainstream lessons, you will have contact with a native speaker through small group conversation sessions. We ‘bridge the gap’ from GCSE to A level with considerable study skills support, and by Year 13 students are able, for example, to write confident summaries of off-air news items in lunchtime workshop sessions.

Course Activities

We run regular exchanges with the Lycée Renaudeau in Cholet (Solihull’s twin town). Students can also undertake a work experience placement in France via Halsbury Work Experience.

Cost Implications

Approximately £12 for a good bilingual dictionary. Our exchange trip costs approximately £350 and a work experience placement starts from about £500. You will also need to buy the set text in French (approx £10).

Complementary Subjects or Enrichment Courses

We run a beginners’ language short course in Spanish.

Other Information

None.

This information is correct for September 2019 entry.

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