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St Peter's 13-18

French

FrenchThe Course

Learning a language simultaneously opens one’s mind to new ideas and new ways of looking at the world. Speaking more than one language is a skill, which will radically increase your marketability in the job market and in university applications as well as facilitate future travel! It fosters a range of transferable skills including communication, critical thinking, research skills and creativity. 

This course offers an immersion in authentic language and culture, embracing the Francophone world.  Alongside developing active, passive and grammatical skills introduced at GCSE, students will develop techniques for essay and summary writing, translations and an awareness of aspects of society and culture of the Francophone world.

There are four main topic areas for study during the two-year course:

  • Aspects of French-Speaking Society: Current Trends (family, cyber-society, the role of Charities and charity work)
  • Artistic Culture in the French-Speaking World (cultural heritage, music, cinema)
  • Aspects of French-Speaking Society: Current Issues (benefits of diverse multi-cultural societies, life of marginalised peoples in society, how society treats criminals)
  • Aspects of Political Life in the French Speaking World (teenagers and political engagement, the right to strike, politics and immigration)

In addition, we will study one French film (such as La Haine) and one work of French literature (such as No et Moi). Students will also work on an Independent Research Project for the oral exam, which can be a topic of their own choice.  

Students will develop all skills in lessons using teaching and learning materials, which have been produced in consultation with the exam board, along with a wide-range of authentic materials such as internet articles and news reports, magazines and podcasts. Students also benefit from one to one speaking lessons with our French Assistant.

Assessment

  • Paper 1 - 2 hours 30 minutes         
    Listening, Reading and Writing - 50%
  • Paper 2 - 2 hours
    Writing (response to works & grammar) 20%
  • Paper 3 - 21-23 minutes
    Speaking exam 30%

Examination board: AQA

Students should have achieved GCSE or IGCSE grade 9 to 6. A Modern Language can be combined with, and will complement, any other academic subject.

Additional Notes

There may be opportunities to visit other countries during the course as we have run trips to Normandie, France throughout the last 10 years. There may also be the opportunity for students in the 5th form, who intend to continue with language, to apply for an award to help with a study trip abroad in order to improve the language and cultural knowledge of the chosen country.